Although cats are naturally clean animals with good hygiene, it is important to start toilet training when the animal is at the kitten stage. This is easily achieved by placing the young cat in the litter tray whenever it shows signs that it is about to perform; this conditions its behavior. Anticipating when the kitten will pass waste and placing it in the litter tray beforehand is also a good strategy.
Other toilet training tips and ideas include:
* Be aware that toileting often occurs after waking up and after meals, (litter tray training might occur at these times).
* The litter tray is best kept in a secluded place away from the feeding area and where the cat sleeps. Take note that cats are unlikely to go to the toilet near where they eat.
* A litter tray should be easy to clean; disposable liners or newspapers need frequent changing to prevent strong odors.
* Cat litters with absorbent clay material or Fuller's earth are best for absorbing the smell of urine and feces. Litter made from bark is not as effective.
* If you change varieties of cat litter your pet may not want to use it as cats get used to the feeling and odor of the usual litter and often prefer this.
* If you would rather your cat do its toilet in the garden, a litter tray can be placed outside, or if the cat digs in the garden bed, especially when covering its feces, be aware of health issues and any inconvenience to neighbors.
Some clever cats have been known to use a human toilet but to be on the safe side a standard cat litter tray is the best choice.
When toilet training your cat, start young, keep the area clean and well-positioned and you can't go wrong.
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