How To Train Your Cat To Use The Litter Box

A common question by nearly all Cat parents is

How to train your cat to use the litter box

If not nearly all then ALL Cat parents ask this question

At some point in their life a Cat will not use the litter box

And this could be a very frustrating and annoying problem all Cat parents face

I should know

I have a Cat myself

And when he decides he wants to wee on the carpet

Or Poo in the kitchen

Then this does really frustrate me

It actually makes me want to tear my hair out!

I’m sure you Cat parents can relate

But

It does not have to be this

I’ll tell you why

Cats can be trained to use the litter box

Yes that’s right!

You can train your Cat to use the litter box

And not come home from a hard days work and see a puddle of urine on your beautiful rug

I am going to show you ways you can train your Cat to use the litter box

The best part?

All Cat parents can do this

Regardless of the breed of your Cat

So let’s dive straight in

How To Train Your Cat To Use The Litter Box

Training your Cat to use the litter box should not take too long

Cats using the litter box is second nature to them

So, once you get your Cat to use the litter box

They will get used to it and will use it continuously

There are many factors to conisder when training your Cat to use the litter box

Choosing a Litter Box 

The first thing you should do buy an appropriate litter box for your Cat

Look

The main thing is, that the litter box is cleaned regularly

Cats are clean animals and they won’t use a litter box that is filthy

Just as us, we wouldn’t use a washroom that is filthy so same goes for your Cat

When choosing a litter box, get one that will be a good size for your Cat

Another thing to consider is,

Privacy for your Cat

Whether getting a open air litter box or a covered one

I believe most Cats are good with a open litter box

Why?

Because they don’t feel trapped

And

It gives them a escape route

It makes them feel more safe

Choosing the right litter

Cats are very fussy so in regards to litter type

You will have to experiment as some Cats love just plain type litter

Others would prefer clumping clay

So the best thing to do is see which one your Cat would prefer.

You’ll be able to tell which litter your Cat would prefer

I would advise in not getting any litter that is scented

Especially when training your Cat

Litter box location 

Make sure you place the litter box where your Cat can get some privacy

Don’t look at what is convenient for you

Rather look at what is best for your Cat

The location where you put the litter box should also be safe for your Cat

Don’t put the litter box where your Cat eats and drinks

Also

Avoid putting the litter box near a washing machine or a dishwasher

This will scare them and they will never use the litter box!

Number Of Litter Box 

Cats like to pee in one litter box and poo in another

So make sure you have at least 2 litter boxes per cat 

If you have multiple Cats then each Cat needs to have 2 litter boxes

Introducing Your Cat To The Litter Box

Now that you have found the perfect spot to place the litter box

You can now introduce your Cat to the litter box

What you do is,

First is to make sure there is enough litter in the box

Then gently place your Cat in the litter box

You can also gently hold your Cats paw and dig with him in the litter

Just so he gets a feel of what it is and can associate the sound of digging in the litter too

It also gives them a general feel of the litter and gives them assurance that it is okay

If your Cat does not seem interested then no need to worry

Even if they run off to another room!

They would have now got mental note of where the litter box is and what it actually is

And you know what?

Your Cat would probably just use it on his own accord

Once he gets some privacy and when the need arises

Creating a Positive Association With The Litter Box 

If for any reason your Cat has not used the litter box and you catch him in the act

Then immediately pick him up (gently) and place him in the litter box

Whatever you do

Do NOT shout at your Cat

This will just have a negative impact

And will make it harder for you to train your Cat to use the litter box

Make sure you clean the area where your Cat has spoiled

You wanna get something that will get rid of the smell of Cat urine completely

You can check out my article on best cat urine remover 

Throughout the day call your Cat to the litter box

If your Cat has been asleep for a couple of hours then call him to the litter box

Encourage your Cat to jump into the litter box and praise him when he does

This will make your Cat understand that the litter box is great and is a clean place to be

If your Cat has used the litter tray and you see him using it

Then make a big deal out of it

Praise him and pet him

And tell him how good he is because he has used the litter box

This will create the positive association of using the litter box

Within no time your Cat will get used to the litter box and will use it on his own

Maintaining a Clean Litter Box 

Once your Cat has started using the litter box

It is now important that you maintain the litter box to a standard your Cat would like

Which basically means

Clean litter box

Make sure the litter box is cleaned everyday

Whilst you are training your Cat, you should scoop up any clumps or solids at least once during the day

Keep the litter box topped up with litter

The general ruling is between 2cm and 4cm of litter

Try not to change the type of litter until your Cat is fully trained

By following the above steps

Most Cats will use the litter box

If your Cat still does not use the litter box after a few weeks

You should take your Cat to the vets to rule out any medical conditions

What Do You Do If Your Cat Stops Using The Litter Box?

If your Cat suddenly stops using the litter box

The first thing you should do is take your Cat to the vet to rule out any medical conditions

Cats won’t suddenly not just use the litter box so it’s important to pay a visit to the vets

Other reasons why your Cat has stopped using the litter

Stress 

Have you moved houses or added new furniture?

Or maybe you have adopted a new Cat

Or just Cats coming into your garden?

These can all trigger stress in your Cat which will result in litter box avoidance

So how can you remove this stress from your Cat?

You can check out my article on how to calm a stressed Cat down

Other reasons could include

The litter box has been placed in the wrong location

Not enough litter boxes

The litter box is dirty

I have written a in depth article on how to get your Cat to use the litter box

You can check it out by clicking here 

In conclusion 

It should not take too long to train your Cat to use the litter box

It is second nature to them

Once they start using the litter box then they will use it on their own

Just follow the above steps and you should be fine

No more cleaning up Cat urine or Cat poo

 

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