Most cats will learn from their mother on how to use a litter box. But if you have recently adopted a cat she might not know how to use it. And even at times when you thought the cat stain vacuum cleaner was no longer useful, a well-trained cat might forget and start unleashing mess around the house.So whether you are training a cute fur baby, you adopted recently or retraining a cat to use a litter box, following the tips below will get her on the right path.
First, you need to choose the right litter box
The common cause of a cat not using the litter box you have set out could be that it is too small for her, especially if the cat is still growing. So when choosing the perfect size, bigger is better to give her the needed space. It will make her feel comfortable and be less likely to think it’s getting full quickly. Additionally, if you have an elderly or small cat, try to get a litter box that is low, so that entering is made easy.
Try and get more than one litter box
If you have space in your home, why not spoil your cat with an extra one or two litter boxes in the house. And if you have more than one cat in the house having more than one litter box is recommended, it makes the training process much easier.
Find the perfect location
Cats usually have a natural instinct of burying their waste. But if the litter box is not in an accessible location she might find a corner in the house and reliever herself. Getting the perfect location will take a lot of trial and error because it has to be a location she feels comfortable to relieve herself. A few points you will need to consider are as follows.
- Ensure the litter box is convenient and accessible; she should not search for it when in need to relieve herself.
- Do not put the litter box next to where you feed her. The feeding area for a cat is there home within a home, and their natural instinct is to urinate away from that area.
- She needs some space and quiet. Make sure to place the litter box away from noise or a high traffic area.
Teach her to use the box
Introducing the litter box to your cat will require some training to get her to use it at all times, and this calls for understanding the cat and engaging her through the process. First, learn her eliminating schedule, especially after a little play around, a comfortable time on a cat bed or after meals. You can as well play with her near the box, which will be a convenient location, just in case. And most importantly, teaching the cat what to do goes a long way too.
If anything goes wrong…
If your cat does not get it, do not yell at her. The mishap could be due to medical problems, or perhaps she is just uncomfortable in that particular box, try to find out what the problem is and solve it. In such cases, pick the waste and put it in there, so it will help her spot the right place. You can also place cat food and water in the place where the cat is eliminating if he can’t do it inside the box. Cats do not like the idea of mixing food and waste.
Maintain your litter box
This involves selecting the right litter in the first place, some cats like scented litter, others don’t. So go for what makes your cat comfortable. Clumping litter is good since it makes it easy for your cat to bury her waste, and easy for you to scoop it when cleaning the box. The amount of litter is also worth considering, don’t use too much to avoid some of it spilling off the box, then again too little will make it difficult for the cat to bury her waste. Anything between two to four inches will do the trick; remember, keep it clean at all times.
Watch out for medical problems
If your cat is not eliminating on the box or elsewhere, this could be a sign that she has a medical issue that needs attention. Another thing to look out for is signs of illness in the waste, if she is vomiting, that could be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease. It also manifests itself through diarrhea, lethargic tendencies and weight loss among other symptoms. If you notice blood in her urine, then it could be a sign of bladder and kidney stones or feline lower urinary tract disease.
Get Rid Of Stray Cat
Don’t let your cat play with outside stray cat. You can use cat repellent spray to keep out stray cats.
And there you have it, training your cat should never be a daunting task, but rather fun and understanding process that you undertake with your furry friend. Now that all the mess around the house has become a thing of the past, it is time to cuddle with your cat rather than yelling at each other.