How to train a cat with litter
For most cat owners, training their cat to use litter is a relatively painless process. One of a cat’s natural instincts is to eliminate in an area where their feces can cover. This behavior can be a way for your cat to accept what it perceives as the natural order of dominance. In the wild, wild cats will bury their feces if they are not at the top of their social hierarchy, if a wild cat is. no Burying their feces is likely that the cat showing such behavior is the dominant feline. So when your house cat buries his waste, he or she may be acknowledging his or her role as the dominant animal in your social community. However, it is also possible that your cat is displaying its inherited instinct to bury its feces to hide its trail from potential predators.
Generally, kittens will learn the behavior of burying their feces and using litter.
through their dam once they are weaned, assuming the dam is litter-trained.
So if you bring home a young kitten of about 12 weeks, you may only need
place the kitten in the litter box and gently scrape off the clean litter with your fingers
shortly after eating to tell you what to do.
KITTY DIDN’T TAKE TO THE BED IMMEDIATELY
If your new cat does not accept litter training after his first few attempts, he may
I want to consider teaching him to use another common method. Confine your new
plus a small but comfortable room, preferably one with a hard floor if
Take one. Place the litter box and food bowl in the room, but do not place
they close to each other. Naturally, your cat will not want to defecate near his food.
source to find another area. Eliminate pillows, blankets,
newspapers, towels, or other soft items that your cat decides to relieve itself of
the room before locking it up. If you have confined your cat in a room with
floors that you are likely to avoid removing on the floor as urination is likely to splash
come back and put yourself in their shoes. The only option left to the cat at this time is
(hopefully) the litter box.
MY CAT STOPPED USING THE LITTER
If your cat it was domesticated and suddenly seems to have
forgotten that instinct, there are some possibilities you may want to consider
before giving up.
1. Does Kitty have a dirty litter box? The most common cause of
home trained cat to stop using litter is your cat
disagree with the level of cleanliness of his litter box. Your cat is more
stop using the sand if you feel it is too dirty. It is best to clean your cat’s litter.
every day or at least every two to three days. The dirtier a litter box gets
your cat is less likely to continue using it. Your cat wants
dispose of in a clean environment and if you notice that each time you dispose of
the carpet, you immediately run and clean it, she perceives that as a
desirable place to remove because it cleans up very quickly. Keeping your cat
Trash as clean as possible is the best way to avoid this problem, and remember, what
You consider clean, you cat could not.
In addition to emptying the trash, it is obviously necessary to change it from time to time.
also to ensure good health and cleanliness of the cat. Weekly change is better,
This ensures that odors and moisture do not have too long to accumulate
unacceptable levels and also reduces the likelihood of illness due to high levels
2. Stress. A cat relieving herself outside the litter box can also be a sign of
Introducing a new person or animal into the home can mean a lot
stress in your cat. Cats generally like to feel like they know what is going on and
what to expect. If you upset that balance by introducing a new creature (even
one of two legs) at home can become stressed, which can cause them
to remove out of the box.
If you leave your cat alone for long periods of time (for example, while taking
vacations or business trips) and when you return you can
note that your cat will sometimes seem distant and distant. This is another
case where your cat may react to disposal outside the litter box as a way
protesting what she perceives as abandoned.
A new piece of furniture, or conversely, a new piece of furniture that is missing can also
Put stress on your cat. Order and comfort are important if you are a cat. If you
decides to ditch that old cloth sofa because of its ugly pea green color and
because it is falling apart at the seams and then you replace it with a new one,
classy, top-of-the-line leather sofa with a built in side refrigerator and a
massage and heating function, your cat is unlikely to see this as a stylish upgrade
The way you would What your cat will likely see is one of his favorite naps.
spots has disappeared only to be replaced by something you are unfamiliar with and
3. Change of sand marks. Cats are creatures of habit and can also be
quite fussy (remember Morris the 9-life cat?). If you have recently changed the
Brand of litter that you buy regularly, this may be a reason for your cat to look elsewhere.
go. Some litters are scented (for humans rather than cats) and your cat may
does not react well to these smells, or maybe your cat was used to a less dusty type
sand, the texture of a particular sand, or who knows what. Change of brands or types
litter can alter what your cat is comfortable with and the result can be a mess
carpet. If you suspect this is the cause, you can go back or
gradually introduce the new litter. Try mixing some of the new sand with the
oldest brand at the beginning and gradually increase the percentage of the new litter each time
change the box, eventually you will be able to replace the old brand
total. This will help your cat become familiar with the new brand of litter rather than get upset.
his sense of the order of things.
4. Multiple cats. As mentioned above, a second animal can make a cat
remove out of the litter box, but this may not necessarily be the result of
stress. A second cat in your home should probably have its own litter box.
Unless your cats have shown that they don’t mind sharing. Once again, remember that cats are
clean creatures and can also be territorial. Some cats may not mind using
the same box, but others may refuse, which means again that the carpet becomes trash
box number two.
5. Size or location of the litter box. If the litter box doesn’t provide enough
your cat may not use it at all. Your cat will likely want to scratch and be
able to feel comfortable in the litter box. Make sure it’s roomy enough, easy
for your cat to get in and out (the sides of the box should be lower for kittens
than for adult cats), and not in a high traffic area, as cats seem to like
degree of privacy when deleting. Lastly, make sure your cat has access to the
trash at all times. Putting his litter box in a room that is closed is sometimes a
recipe for disaster. If your cat has to leave and cannot get to the room you have
Put the sand in, then you really have no choice but to look for another
Area suitable for elimination.
6. Medical problems. Your cat may be experiencing cat incontinence. I like it
Incontinence can affect animals and this may be an indication of other
problems with your cat. As a cat ages, he is more likely to lose control of his
bodily functions as a human being does. If you suspect that age or medical reasons may
be the cause of your kitty’s litter box problems, then you should take her to the vet
for an examination, counseling, and possible treatment to resolve the problem.
WHEN YOUR CAT MAKES A CHALLENGE
If your cat messes outside of the litter box, it is generally not good
practice scolding or punishing her. Sticking my nose in the mess then pulling
she in the sand is not going to solve your problem. Being upset with your cat is
natural after such an incident, but to show this behavior and then put her in the
Litter box only makes your cat associate the litter box with a bad experience.
Your cat may also start to learn to be afraid of you, which is obviously not what
to wish. Your best solution is to clean up the mess quickly. Put your cat in the sand
box and be friendly and speak in a calm voice with the cat. Scrape cleaning
sand with your fingers and make sure your cat sees this behavior, hopefully he will
sink into. To prevent your cat from defecating in the same place outside the litter box to
second (or third) time, cover the area with a plastic sheet or something hard that
will result in your cat splashing his own urine if you choose that
place to defecate again. Clean up the odor as best you can (white vinegar can help,
but make sure your furniture or carpet can support it). You can also move their food.
plate on or near the area that used to defecate, a cat will not want
defecate near their food source. If your cat uses the litter again, even just once,
reward her, play with her, pet her, give her a treat, make her associate the litter box
with a good experience rather than a bad one.
A cat that relieves itself outside the box is not a stray cat. Don’t give up on her until
You have explored the possible reasons for the problem. Once you find it, you can
most likely correct it and the kitten and the human can live a happy coexistence once again.