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How to Train Your Cat to Use the Litter Box

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How to Train Your Cat to Use the Litter Box

Most owners start to train their cats when they're kittens. It's unusual for an indoor cat to not know how to use a litter box. Out door cats are different, they don't need litter boxes. If you have just brought home a new kitten, here it how to train your cat to use the litter box.

Research

three kittens

There are many ways to train your kitten how to use a litter box, but it's also different for every cat. It also depends on where you got your cat; was it a stray animal? Did you get him at the pet shop, or adopt him from the pet shelter? Make sure to research what you cat's circumstances was before buying the training tools. You can ask a person that has knowledge of kittens and how to train them, or you can research online.

Tools

cat litter box and litter

Once you know the tools that you'll need to train your kitten, go to the pet store, or online stores and buy them. Some basic supplies that you'll need: 2 large litter box, cat litter, scooper, and newspaper (optional).

Location

cat, litter box, corner

Start by finding a place in your house where not a lot of people walk by, and has a corner to place the litter box in. Your cat will feel more comfortable in a corner because there's more privacy and not as much noise. The litter might fly everywhere if the box doesn't have a roof/lid. Before setting the litter box down, place the newspaper underneath as this way any mess that the kitten makes will be easier to clean up later.

Litter Box

kitten in litter box

Each cat needs 2 litter boxes, but you can first try just using one. If your kitten is still peeing everywhere, try getting another one. Put your bag of cat litter into the litter box, and place your cat inside. The amount of cat litter you use per box depends on the size of the litter box. Put in enough that it's 6-7cm thick so that you can't see the bottom. But don't put too much or less when your kitten tries to bury it since the sands flies out of the box and sprays all around the floor.

Training

kitten in litter box with lid

Once you have your litter area set up, you can begin the training. Start by placing your kitten in one of his litter boxes. She will be curious, let her sniff and walk around in it for a couple of minutes. Some cats already know what they are suppose to do. But for others, it takes a while. Be sure to praise the cat when she's in the box; this way she knows it's okay to be there and that it's meant for something. Don't force or punish her if she won't go. It's not her fault.

Cleanliness

clean litter

One of the most important thing for cats is being clean. Try to keep the litter as clean as possible all day long. You can set a schedule for when you need to clean it, and your cat will start getting use to it.

There are so many ways to teach your cat how to use her litter box, these are only a few options, be sure to try other ways if she still won't use her little box.

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