You might be all excited because you just brought home your cute and cuddly new addition to your family. You know how much happiness your kitten will be bringing to your family, but is your newest addition trained to use a litter box yet? If not, there is no need to worry. By the end of this article you will be able to train your cat in no time at all to use the litter box and not your house plants.
It is really important for you to begin the lesson of litter box training your kitten immediately after bringing him or her into your home. Depending on the age of your new family member will depend on the length of time it will take before you no longer have to worry about the possibility of finding waste in unacceptable locations throughout your home. If your cat is still fairly young, it will be much easier for you to train him or her to use only the litter box.
The first thing you should do is show your kitten where the litter box is. If your cat is still young, you can even take one of the front paws and gently dig for two or three strokes in the litter. As frequently as once an hour place your kitten in the litter box until he or she uses it. At this time, praise the cat and even give him or her a treat.
Placing your new family member on a schedule for feeding will help you in establishing the times your cat will need to relieve himself. Feed at the same time everyday. Typically, a cat will relieve himself when he wakes up, after some exercise and after a meal. Knowing these times for your cat will make it fairly simple to stay on top of the litter box training.
Cats are very clean and sensitive to smells. This makes it vital that the litter box is kept clean at all times. If there is too much waste in the box, your cat will find a better location to relieve himself. This location can very well go unnoticed for quite sometime.
It is common for some housebroken cats to begin to refuse using the litter box. This can actually be for a few different reasons. One is stress. Everyone and everything deals with stressful situations in different ways. Also, make sure you are cleaning the box thoroughly and have not changed the type of litter you have been using. Not using the litter box can be your cats way of dealing with stress. Another possible reason for your cat to no longer be using the litter box is a UTI, or urinary tract infection. You should contact your veterinarian to try and solve your cats problem.
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