Kitten Training: Litter Box Problems

 Litter Box Problems

Cat litter box problem

One of the benefits of owning a cat is that they are naturally very clean animals that can be easily trained to use a litter box, preventing the need for keeping them outside or dashing home over your lunch to enable them out. It is important to establish with your cat the litter box routine to ensure you get off to the right start.

Litter Box Training Kittens

Ideally, the pleasantest time to start litter box preparing your kitten is when you initially bring him or her home. Keep the kitten in a small area like a bathroom or other smaller room where there is nothing to crawl under to get out of sight and go to the bathroom. This will basically restrict your kitten to having to use the litter box, as it will remain the only area where he or she can dig, which is a natural cat behavior before relieving themselves. Once he or she has write %sth the box a couple of times, it is then safe to allow them to come out into the rest of the house when you are there to keep an eye on them.

kitten stooling problems

Remember a young kitten may not think about going all the way into the bathroom to find the litter box if he or she can find a nice planter, a pile of papers, or even a loose rug or a deep carpet they can dig in. When you are first training, adopt your kitten at least once every hour into the bathroom and place them beside the litter box or in the box. If they don’t use the box in a few minutes, bear them back out and try once more in another 30 minutes or so.

The first, few times, your kitten use the litter box he or she may not cover their waste and it is important to leave some waste material in the box, as the kitten will be alerted by the scent of their own waste that this is where they are supposed to go. If you remove all the waste, they are less likely to return to the same spot. After a couple of days of using the box correctly, you can start cleaning as often as you would like.

It is important to keep in mind that very small kittens will be unable to get in and out of a full-sized litter box. While they are very small, you may want to consider using a cut-down cardboard box with a very low edge on at least one side to make it easy for the kitten to get in and out of.

If he or she messes somewhere else in the house, do not punish the kitten. They simply didn’t know where to go when they had the urge. Clean the area very well with a special pet urine compound that uses active enzymes to remove the odor. Don’t use ammonia-based cleaning products as they can act to actually trigger the kitten to use the area as a toilet due to the chemicals in the cleaning compound.

Common Litter box Problems

Common Problems

The biggest problems with cats or kittens messing in random areas of the house and not using the litter box are often due to human error and misunderstanding, not due to the cat. If your cat has started going to the bathroom outside of the litter box, consider the following:

Is the litter box clean? A dirty litter box will be undesirable to a naturally clean cat, so they will avoid using it and find it somewhere else. Some cats will not use a litter box if there a little bit of waste while others may tolerate more.

Placing the litter box in a new area or an area that doesn’t offer privacy. Cats are very private when doing their business and need to be out of sight and in a low-traffic area.

Changing litter. Some cats are particular about the feel and smell of the litter. Highly scented litter may be repulsive to the cat, so try going back to the litter you were using before.

Multiple cats using the same box can be a problem. Some cats won’t use a box after another cat, especially a new cat, has used the box. You may need to have more than one box if you have more than one cat.

Outdoor cats that become indoor cats may only want to dig in the dirt and will use your plants exclusively. If this is the case, try adding a layer of dirt over the litter, then gradually cutting down on the dirt while the cat adjusts. It will be a bit messy in the beginning to clean but will be worth the effort over time.

Mechanical litter boxes. These new self-cleaning litter boxes can really frighten some cats, while others have no problems. If you have just started with one of these boxes, consider providing another box close by to help your cat adjust.

Option For Indoor And Outdoor Cats.

There are lot more options for litter boxes for indoor cats than there used to be. There are covered boxes that provide privacy plus prevent litter from being sprayed all over the room, mats to collect litter outside the box, and even the self-cleaning boxes mentioned above. If you have an active or energetic digger, you may also want to consider the extra deep litter boxes that help stop some of the litter from being redistributed around the room.

New litter includes fully biodegradable litters which can be flushed down the toilet, clumping litters, and odor-controlling litters that make cleaning the box simple as well as natural wood litters that are odor and wetness absorbing.

Outdoor cats can also be trained to only use certain areas of the yard as the toilet area, rather than your flower beds and the neighbor‘s planters. One simple way is to keep an area of the yard tilled so that it is soft and easy to dig in and clean the waste material out of the dirt every week.

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