Litter training is a natural process for most cats. Generally, when a kitten is born, he/she is trained by the mother for survival. The litter training is also a part of that.
However when it comes to teaching a pet to do the same, it might take you a while, and a constant repetition of order. Contrary to this, when you take in a stray cat, teaching him/her to use the litter box can also be a challenging task in itself.
The natural process of the cats is to litter outside in the open, and while you are trying to create a similar environment, all you need to do is provide strict instructions. However, here are some pointers to help you litter train your cat easily. Check them out.
1. Choose The Right Litter Box
When it comes to a litter box, your cat must be comfortable in it. So, choosing a large litter box makes it easier for your cat to sit on it, and have the natural feeling, while pooping. Especially, if your cat is at a growing stage, you would need to invest in a large box, so that the sides of the box does not cause hindrance to the cat.
Also, when you are choosing a litter box, you need to consider certain features based on the age of the cat. For example, if your cat is old, or just a kitten, you need to choose a litter box with a small side, so that the cat can climb up. On the other hand, if your cat loves to jump, you can choose a litter box with high walls, so that he/she cannot move out when it comes to cats.
2. Covered Or Uncovered
Not many of us like smelly litter boxes, and neither does your cats. However, depending on your own preference, you can choose a closed or a open litter box.
One of the benefits of the closed or lidded litter box is the privacy that it provides. So, if your cat is shy, which most cats are while pooping, a closed litter box would be a good option.
In addition, there are other benefits of covered litter boxes. For example, they trap in the odor and the waste, inside the box, making the surrounding environment clean. On the negative side, large cats might have a problem fitting in the closed litter boxes.
3. Keep A Backup
When you are choosing a litter box, make sure you keep a backup in case of emergencies. It might happen that your cat might not fit in, or it is broken.
In these cases, you would have a good way to get out of the mess. Additionally, when your cat is habituated with the litter box, he/she might find it tough to go without it. This also creates a break in your training, if you are training a new cat.
4. Choose Proper Litter
While preparing the litter box for your cat, your aim would be to make it as comfortable for the cat as possible. Additionally, you need to make it look natural, so that your cat does not shy away from litter training. Depending on your cat’s preference, you can choose the proper litter.
Sometimes cats prefer unscented litter. So, while you are preparing the litter box, make sure that you know how your cat trains for toilet. In addition, you should avoid using perfumes, because it might also cause irritations in your pet.
5. Keep The Litter Box Clean
Cats, by nature prefer cleanliness. So, if you are using a litter box, you need to keep it clean, especially after your cat has used it. Otherwise, your cat will shy away from the litter box, and it will be tough for you.
Additionally, when you are litter training your cat, make sure that the litter box does not change it’s position. This will just confuse the cat, and he/she will move out in the open to excrete, causing you to lose all your training.
If you are washing the litter box, make sure that there is no excess of washing material, and it does not smell.
The key to litter training a cat is consistency, and you need to make sure that you are consistent, provide the cat with a clean environment and also, provide him/her with a proper environment to poop.
6. Don’t Shout At Your Cat
Yes, life can be frustrating at times. Especially so, when your cat doesn’t listen to you, and creates issues unknown. Sometimes, your cat will not poop in the correct place, and sometimes, your cat will not listen to you.
Depending on your anxiety and anger level, you can be tempted to shout at your cat. However, that is not the proper way to teach your cat to be patient and proper. You need to make sure that you speak to your cat calmly, and explain what and how the things were done wrong.
You are the responsible person here, who is training his/her cat, and this is why you should not show anger or frustration, and behave like a matured adult.
Some Other Pointers
If your cat seems reluctant to move near the litter box, you can go ahead and choose to play with your cat near the litter box.
You can also show your cat that it is harmless, and isn’t something the cat should be afraid of. At the end of the day, if you keep the litter box clean, and sit near the litter box, your cat will find it easy to get accustomed to it.
So, now that you know about these awesome pointers, it is time to get your cat started on the litter training.
If you behave normally with your cat, and show him/her the ropes, soon you will have an obedient cat, who will listen to you, and litter at the correct place. Remember, training a cat is easy, all you need to do is set up your mind, and behave like a rational human being.