As I said, I am a proud parent of 5 cats. I have adopted a stray cat and now she is the family member with her own family. Yes, I have 5 cats at home right now.
Just like dogs, cats, or kittens are so much lovely and fun full. I and my lovely kids really enjoy the time playing with the kittens. We spent hours at night playing with them. Its something stress relief activity for adults.
Along with these beautiful moments, I had to do that boring job of cleaning their potty. My cats do roam freely in the house and used to pee or poo on the place which is somewhat covered.
Litter box helped me a lot in this situation. At the start, it was really difficult to let your cat understand where the toilet. But once she used to it, then all you can do just empty the box and that’s all!
Most of the kittens learn from their mother to use a litter box, but some need your efforts. Many times, an experienced cat forgets to use the litter box and may relieve himself anywhere in the house.
If anyone of you thinking to adopt any cat/kitten, get a litter box first. Trust me, it relieves the tension and the cat gets used to it from starting.
Training the cat to use the litter tray is not difficult at all. Follow the steps given in this article and you are all set.
Tips for your cat to use the litter box
Kittens mostly use the litter boxes when they are a month old. Cats have a habit to eliminate in sand or soil, kittens learn from their mother observing her.
- Put the litter box in a quiet place. Cats won’t use the box if its places in any chaotic area.
- Place the cat into the litter box gently. Don’t worry if she comes out. You can place her again after some time. Show her how to scratch the litter.
- Keep her in the box after a meal, after a nap, or whenever you feel she wants to ‘go’.
- Choose the litter box that has a cover. It gives them privacy. Most cats prefer covered litter boxes than open.
- The box should be large enough for your cat to move around. So get the very right size box for your kitty.
- Clumping litter is comfortable to walk on for cats and easy to bury their wastes. So opt for clumping litter.
- Test out different branded litter before finalizing the perfect liter for your cat. See which litter your cat likes.
- If your cat doesn’t use the litter box and toilet anywhere in the house, don’t scold him. Just pick the waste with the paper and keep it in the litter box. Then pick him up and keep in the litter box. Tell him that’s the place where he can relieve himself. Don’t scold him while using the litter box. It will turn him off and he will refuse to use the box next time.
- Cats don’t prefer dirty litter trays. You should always keep the tray clean. Still, for the first few weeks during training, you may leave a small amount of liquid or solid waste in the litter. So that the cat can smell it and use the litter box to eliminate. Once he is used to it, you may clean the box as recommended.
- Learn your cat’s schedule. Check out when he most likely to eliminate. Usually after a meal, after taking a nap or after playing they tend to toilet. So remember this and place the cat in the box after each activity.
- Don’t ever force your cat to use the litter. She will slowly learn to use it. If you scold her and put in the box, she most probably won’t use the litter box again.
- Teach the cat how to use a litter box. Put him in the box, gently take her one paw and start digging. Show her how to dig. Don’t do this in a hurry. You need to be very patient and slow doing this. Else the cat may get frightened and run away.
- If your cat eliminates himself outside of the litter box, you need to clean the place very well. If by chance any smell left there, the cat connects the spot and eliminates the same place next time.
- Check if you are using the correct amount of litter. Too much litter could cause a spill when the cat is burying his waste. Too little litter would not be sufficient to bury the waste. This type of litter could not control the odor and make the cleaning part more complicated.
- Never keep the cat’s food and water near the litter box. Cats don’t like mixing their feeding room with the elimination room. This is the most common reason not to use the litter tray.
Now you have all the tips on how to make your cat use the litter box. Start implementing these tips and see the magic.
What if my cat suddenly stops using the litter box?
If your cat has a good habit of using a litter box and suddenly he stopped using it, then it may raise an alarm. Maybe your cat is stressed or something has changed around her. Observe her and talk to your veteran. If you find any underlying issue, don’t wait and treat it immediately. Health issues left untreated can affect seriously.
What period your cat will learn to use the litter tray?
It’s generally a month. Still, it totally depends on your cat. Some cats may use it before a month, some take more time. Stick to the routine and try hard.
Cat refusing to use the litter pan. What could be the problem?
If your cat is not ready to use the litter tray despite all your efforts, then its time to visit the vet. Get her checked fully and see if he is suffering from any health issue.
What will be the frequency to change the litter?
Twice a week is suggested. But then that depends on the situation. You may need to change it an alternate day or once a week. If you clean the litter box daily, then you need to change the clumping litter every two to three weeks.
Should I rub the cat’s nose to the litter box?
Don’t ever. Do not rub the nose, scold him or punish him for using the box. Do not keep him in a small room, closed, all alone with the litter box just to train him. This will increase the issue rather solving.