Many dogs owners wonder if litter training is much easier. Shouldn’t a cat just locate where the litter box is and not dirty other places? A cat owner would answer a “no”. Litter training isn’t just about getting your cat to the box. It is also about getting the right box and creating the conducive environment for your feline friend. A healthy cat should prefer the usage of a litter box and a change in potty habits can also be the tell tale sign of health issues. If you are a new cat owner, the following seven tips could ease your role as a litter trainer.
1. The Right Litter Box
Put yourself in the shoe of a cat – does the kind of toilet affect your sanitary habits? Choosing the suitable litter box can make or break your training. Here’re a few tips to consider when you are making your purchase. The entrance of the litter box has to be easily accessible. Do not try to make your cat performs an act before it can pee. Secondly, a box with higher sides allow cats to aim easily. This also avoid any litter and waste on the floor. However, if your cat is old or small, one with lower sides may help. The bottom line is to get one that is spacious and comfortable enough for your cat to be inside it. Cats have a tendency to cover their waste and this requires some movement.
2. Don’t Over Crowd Them
If you have a few cats, ensure they’re sufficient litter boxes around the house. Generally, owners with one cat have two boxes (liquid and solid waste) and two cats may require three or more. If you are expecting your cats to share the boxes, that may be an impossible task. Adult cats do not enjoy sharing litter boxes and they may guard the boxes to prevent other cats from using them.
3. Covered Or Uncovered
This depends on your cat’s preference. Covered boxes give cats more privacy while the uncovered ones allow easier access. The former may also trap odor resulting in a less hygienic environment for the cats. Do experiment with your cat before buying the second box.
4. Locate The Litter Boxes Correctly
Identify quiet and accessible spots for litter boxes. Cats do not like crowded places and placing the boxes at high traffic areas e.g. living room is not conducive. You can choose a corner in the toilet where the door isn’t always closed. Avoid placing the litter box where you feed the cat too.
5. Keeping The Box Clean
Cats like a clean environment, sometimes more so than a human being. Ensure the litter box is cleaned regularly. Scoop the poop daily and wash it with soap and water weekly. You wouldn’t want to use a dirty toilet and don’t make your cat uses one too. Do not cover any stench with perfumed litter too. This repels the cat and makes litter training tougher. Furthermore, it may not be able to locate his litter box with another scent disguising it.
6. Do Not Punish The Cat In The Litter Box
Doing so will result the cat in associating the environment with punishment. Remove him from the box before any punishment. Let the cat make its own association slowly.
7. Understand Your Cat’s Schedule
Observe when does your cat need to visit the litter and pay attention to its action. This allows you to direct the cat to where the litter boxes are located. If your cat has the habit to visit the litter box after playtime, you can choose to play with it near the boxes.