There is a feel of completeness in a home where a pet is included in the family. Many are people who prefer kitties as compared to other kinds of pets. For you to be a proud kitty parent, you have to be in the know of how to handle and live with your favorite furry pet.
Though many are kitties that come to their new homes already knowing how to use a litter box, your house can be messed up when you have one that is yet to be trained. This article will provide you with detailed information on how to train your kitty to use a litter box as well as other helpful information on the same.
How to Train Your Kitty to Use a Litter Box?
– Introduce the kitty to the litter box.
Once you have the litter box and is in location and ready to be used, the next thing is to show your kitty the box. The most likely time for your kitty to use the box is after eating, napping, or playing. You will have to observe these activities before you can confidently go about your day without worry about your kitty waste disposal. After learning your kitty’s schedule, you can time your kitty and pick it up then set it in the litter box. Mostly, your kitty will crouch or sniff on a spot that can be a sign it wants to relieve itself.
– Teach your kitty how to.
A kitty’s primal instinct after relieving itself is burying the waste. But if this is new, you will have to help it. After introducing your kitty to the box you should show it using your fingers how to scoop litter and bury the waste. A few of these experiments and with a little patience, it will eventually work.
– How to address the kitty’s inappropriateness.
The way you address your kitty behaviors towards the litter plays an important role during training. You may find the kitty has accidentally relieved itself away from the litter box. This does not call for you to scold or punish your kitty. This will only make it afraid of you. Instead, try and pet it after setting it in the box. Once it properly disposes of its waste, reward it with a treat or a toy.
– Countering the kitty waste problem.
If the kitty’s inappropriateness persists, you can identify the spot where your cat prefers to relieve itself away from the box and move its food and water there. Kitties have an urge within them to not dispose of their waste near food or water. This technique will force them to find another spot that will be easier for you to reintroduce the litter box.
– Confining your kitty for some time.
If your kitty is still not using the box, you can find an area in your home where you can temporarily lock up your kitty inside with all its necessary needs. As you do this, keep the food and water away from the litter box. This will make your kitty familiarize itself with this new setting and eventually see the need for the litter box.
Useful Tips on How to Train Your Kitty to Use a Litter Box.
1. Choose the right litter box.
For your kitty to feel comfortable and take its time relieving itself, you will have to go for a large litter box. Small ones may make your kitty think the box is already full. You can even opt to purchase more than one litter box. Ensure the litter boxes are low on the sides to facilitate the kitty’s movement in and out of it.
2. Select a covered litter box.
Your kitty will have its privacy and feel protected in an enclosed litter box. There is also an upside to this for this covered cat litter box cuts down the odor that may circulate within your living room.
3. Choosing a good location for the litter box.
Find a location that is convenient for both you and your kitty. The box should be easy to locate. Considering the box should be accessible, choose a place where there is no or very minimal people’s movement for this may disturb the kitty and can make it not want to use the box.
4. Purchasing kitty litter.
Cat litter comes in a variety to choose from and in this case, try to avoid perfumed litter. Dirt or sand comes in handy as litter though there is scoopable litter that has made waste removal easy. Dusty litter must not be used because it irritates the kitty’s lungs. Try not to use too much litter but just enough for your kitty to dispose of its waste by burying it. This also helps in odor management in your living room.
5. Waste management.
It is hygienic to have a clean and sanitized environment and thus an odorless and comfortable living experience for both you and your kitty.
– Having scoopable litter in the box makes cleaning easier. You should scoop the waste out of the litter box using a scooper. You can decide to scoop daily or until the odor starts to spread.
– Ensure disinfection after cleaning litter boxes. Use appropriate chemicals.
– Refill the clean litter box with fresh litter.
– Repeat the cleaning procedure weekly.
6. Consult a feline vet.
If your kitty still exhibits behaviors that are problematic for you, then you probably need to take it to a veterinary hospital. But before that, you should check for abnormalities. Check for blood in the kitty’s urine and observe if it is licking its genitals excessively. The kitty may also have vomiting episodes and diarrhea. Such signs plus weight loss are an indication that your kitty is not well.
The vet will examine the problem and treatment will be done. You can then take your kitty home to a pleasant and fulfilling life for both you and your kitty pet.
Having gone through and practiced the above, your home is now a wonderful place to live with your loved ones and especially your furry pet, the kitty.