3: Choose the right spot. Make sure the location of the litter tray meets all of the criteria to make it an appealing spot (as discussed above), being careful not to hide it. In a nook of a utility room or garage is ideal, somewhere near the cat flap might be good too. It doesn't matter if the tray is in an area with less heating than the main parts of the house. The cat will not spend much time there and they are perfectly prepared to go outside, so the shelter of a garage is almost considered a luxury. The corner of a bedroom is not a bad place to start with a litter tray, but the associated smells can sometimes be unpleasant, so you might not want it in the bedroom for longer than necessary. Wherever you put it, make sure you put some newspaper down underneath it - even well trained cats can sometimes have boundary issue's! (If your cat is a persistent offender in this area then you'll need the extra large litter tray 4: Introduction Having found the perfect spot, you now need to show the cat where the tray is. Make sure to have a generous layer of litter in the tray (3cm or so will be fine) and gently place the cat in the tray. You might like to have a dig around yourself, partly to show the cat that this is OK but also so they can hear the sound and see that it might be something they would like to do. Don't worry if the cat seems disinterested, even if they go off to another room straight away. Almost certainly they will have made a mental note of the location, and it's even quite possible that they will already know what to do and are just waiting for the need to arise, or some privacy, or possibly delivery of the morning paper for some reading material.
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Kittylicious Litter Training
If you prefer a litter box to a tray and your cat isn't using the litter box, it can be a nightmare. The only thing worse than cleaning up cat pee and poop, is having a house that smells like cat pee and poop. If you're looking for ways to train your cat to use their litter box, you've come to the right place. Here are three different tricks you can use that will get your cat to use their litter box.
Destroy the Evidence: After your cat uses your rug as their own personal toilet, make sure you completely and thoroughly clean the area of the rug that they've soiled. Cat's are territorial animals, and they like to remember where they've gone to the bathroom. If you completely eliminate the odor left behind from where they went, they won't be able to find that spot again. Reversely, leave their litter box nice and stinky. By the way, ammonia increases the odor of cat urine, so use something else to clean it. Find a Nice Quiet Place: Cats like to have a lot of privacy when they go to bathroom. They're very shy animals, you know. If your cat is mostly peeing in hidden places, like under furniture or in dark corners, it is because they don't feel secluded enough in their litter box. Make sure your cat's litter box is in a dark quiet place where they can have plenty of privacy. Also, cats especially don't like going to the bathroom around dogs. Maybe it's because it kind of hard to run when you're in the middle of a poop. If you own a dog, you should definitely keep your cat's litter box as far away from your dog as possible.
Restrict the Cat to One Area: Until your cat is properly litter trained, you need to keep him/her in only one room of the house. This way the cat is always close to their litter box. Cats are curious creatures, hence the saying, and giving a cat options is always a bad idea. Not only will confining them to one area of your house keep them close to their litter box and limit their bathroom choices, it will also help with that privacy thing I talked about earlier. If your cat is restricted to a bedroom or den with closed doors, odds are they will have a lot of privacy most of the time, thus ensuring that they don't feel like they're being watched.
Train your cat to use the litter tray Correct use of the litter tray is one of the easiest things you can train a cat to do, as cats have a similar view to humans on the best place for a toilet, and tend to get the concept of the tray pretty quickly. None of us likes to eat too near the toilet, and none of us likes to relax near it either, and so it is for cats, so you're already two steps ahead from most training tasks. Unfortunately when litter training is not working it can also be one of the most unpleasant and frustrating problems to try and solve - but if you're having problems in this area do not despair. A cat will urinate for only one of two reasons, the first being waste disposal the second being territorial 'spraying'. A cat will only defecate for waste disposal. It is the waste disposal aspect we are dealing with in this article. If your cat is spraying then the problem is beyond the scope of this article, but there are some excellent resources on the web that deal specifically with spraying problems. Getting a cat to do anything is almost always a matter of psychology. If you can work out how the cat sees the situation and change the environment to promote a different point of view, then often all that is needed is a little encouragement.
1: Choose an appropriate litter tray. I would definitely encourage anyone to try the disposable trays once the cat finished this training I can't tell you how pleased I am to know that I never need to clean another litter tray! Our cats went from the normal litter tray to the Katpak without any encouragement or effort on our part, but scroll to the bottom of this article for a supplemental section on how to encourage cats to make the switch if they don't do it all by themselves. 2: Choose some litter. There are so many types of litter that it would be impossible to go into detail here, but the commonly available plain types, such as wood pellets, paper or clay, are fine for most cats. Don't use anything with strong perfumes or antibacterial chemicals during training, and whichever you choose, try to avoid changing it until the training is complete.
5: Creating a positive association (Mainly for indoor cats - you may skip this if your cat is currently using the garden) When you next see the cat using an area he is not supposed to, pick him up and immediately put him in the litter tray. Make a fuss of him and let him know he's good, especially if he used the tray. (If you’re using the disposable ones then cut a large hole in the top to allow this) Do not under any circumstances scold your cat for using the wrong area. This will create a negative association in the cats mind between yourself and his toilet habits, and may make it harder to create the right association with the litter tray. Make sure you clean the undesirable area thoroughly and eliminate any smells. Any remaining smells will make the cat more comfortable returning there next time.