How To Potty Train A Cat In 9 Easy Steps
When potty training your cat, the first step is choosing the right litter tray. The correct litter tray needs to be large enough to accommodate your cat comfortably.It also needs to be placed in a suitable spot in your home. Cats feel vulnerable when they are using the potty. In the wild, a cat will be slower to react to any predators when doing their business; so, they would choose a secluded spot. A quiet corner in your home is preferred.
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TRAINING TIPS ON HOW TO POTTY TRAIN:
Note that very young kittens still strengthening their bladders, or a stressed-out rescue adult cat, may take a little more time to get the hang of litter trays, but it is rare for cats to fail!
- Make sure the tray is big enough. If in doubt, get the biggest one! This will accommodate the growing kitten, and the tray will not seem ‘full’ after a couple of visits. If the litter is too soiled, the cat will not want to enter the tray. At BrioPets, you can choose from a wide selection of cat litter boxes / trays from PeeWee.
- A covered tray for potty training is the best option for shy cats, as these give more sense of privacy. You can check out the PeeWee™ EcoDome that is a sturdy, extra-large, closed cat litter tray.
- If you are in a multi cat household, one tray per cat is needed. This prevents overcrowding, or refusal to use the potty that another cat has used.
- Clean the litter tray regularly, remove poo daily, and replace the cat litter completely at least once a week. If the tray starts to stink, the cat will be tempted to relieve itself elsewhere.
- Timing is particularly important when potty training. Kittens will need to relieve itself after playing or eating. When a young kitten has finished eating, immediately carry it to the litter tray, and you’ll be able to teach your cat. A few sniffs and a bit of litter-pawing will often stimulate the need to go to the bathroom.
- Try playing with your kitten close by the litter box, ready to lift her onto the tray and encourage her to go to the potty every so often.
- By pawing the litter with your finger, it is a show and tell for your kitty. Do not force your cat’s paw to dig, as this can be stressful, leading to litter phobia – not a pretty outcome when you are trying to potty train.
- If accidents happen, put the droppings in the litter tray as a prompt for your kitty to go to the potty at the correct place.
- Quiet confidence and positive reinforcement does the trick. Never shout at the cat if it’s taking a little time to get the hang of potty training. Lavish praise and affection on a successful litter-visit, and once your kitty knows what to do, just quietly leave her to it.
- Should your cat be resistant to potty training, one effective deterrent is to switch up where you feed kitty. Place the food bowl where the accident happened and leave it there for a while. This should help kitty learn.
If this still does not work, you can try confining your kitten to a spare room. Place the litter tray and food / water on opposite ends of the room. It will take quite a silly billy to still not get the memo. You might think that this feels like a prison, but as long as the room is not too hot or cold, and there’s regular playtime with you, your fur baby will feel secure. The need for confinement usually does not last long.
Cats that persistently refuse to use a cat litter box may be stressed by something in their environment; Other cats, dogs, noisy children, or the simple fact that the tray is not in a suitable location. There are occasionally health-related issues that make a cat ‘miss’ the tray, too, so that is worth a visit to the vet if you are not making any progress.
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