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Caring For Your Cat – LITTER TRAINING

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Litter Training Tip No. 1

So you have a cat-name but then comes more challenging tasks. The average cat is a very fastidious animal. When they are roaming around outside the house they generally tend to urinate and defecate in quiet and less used open spaces. Generally they tend to carefully cover the waste and move unless they are spraying or marking territory. This action is the intentional depositing of scent in the cats urine or feces to give a chemical autograph or marker for other cats. Training a cat to use a litter tray is to train against a natural instinct so this is a common problem in trying to get the cat to urinate and defecate in rather than outside the tray. Generally when you purchase a new kitten they are often litter trained already by copying their mother. With a new kitten every time you see it scratching, sniffing or crouching in a corner, gently lift and place the kitten onto the litter tray. What ever your cat-name is, use it when training your cat to use the cat-litter.

Litter Training Tip No. 2

Always provide one litter tray per cat, each has its own private toilet. Also keep a spare handy when training. Place the tray well away from where you feed the cat, in an easily accessible but relatively quiet location. Ensure you have one litter tray per cat, plus one spare. Dark basements and closets and rooms that are well away from the cats normal areas should be avoided. Also avoid heavy traffic areas or noisy laundry areas next to washing machines. What ever your cat-name is, use it when training your cat to use the cat-litter.

Litter Training Tip No. 3

Choose a litter tray that has enough depth to prevent the cat from scattering the litter across the floor when they dig and scrape. Also make it large enough for the cat to completely turn around. In general most use an open tray however you can choose a hooded one with in built carbon filter to keep smells down. Cats often prefer litters that have clumping and scoopable material, this allows easy removable with a scoop of soiled litter material, leaving the remainder fresh and dry. What ever your cat-name is, use it when training your cat to use the cat-litter.

Caring For Your Cat – LITTER TRAINING

Litter Training Tip No. 4

If you have a cat from another place try and find out what litter was being used. If your cat has come to you from another home, find out what litter they used there. Some cats are finicky and get to like one brand of litter only. What ever your cat-name is, use it when training your cat to use the cat-litter.

Litter Training Tip No. 5

Follow the manufacturers recommendations and fill the litter to the level advised. Always place the litter tray on an easy to clean surface or floor area. If you decide to change from one brand or type of litter for another then check that the depth recommendation is the same, and adjust accordingly. Never have your cat inside without access to a litter tray. If the cat starts to hold in the urine for any extended period, this will cause bacteria growth in the bladder, and possibly cause cystitis

Always check and remove all soiled litter each day. Empty the tray completely every week, wash and sanitize it with hot water and detergent. You should be careful when using some disinfectants as they may be toxic to cats and their smell tends to deter the cat from using the tray.

Caution: A pregnant woman should never handle soiled litter as there is a risk of contracting toxoplasmosis.

What ever your cat-name is, use it when training your cat to use the cat-litter.

Litter Training Tip No. 6

If your cat is having trouble with litter training and is continually going outside the litter box the try bringing the cat gently the box once or twice daily. If the cat relieves themselves inside the box then make sure you reward them. What ever your cat-name is, use it when training your cat to use the cat-litter.