How to Litter Train a Cat/Kitten?
Cats' ancestors are wild animals, so using a litter box is not their natural instinct.
Cats in the wild used to be taught how to dispose of their own waste by their mothers.
When we humans adopt cats, when we give them a plastic litter box, we have to teach them how to use the litter box properly.
Keep in mind that when you are training your cat to use the litter box, try to encourage it to use it by rewarding your cat with treats or toys.
Do not spank or scare your cat for not being obedient. This will only have a negative effect.
Cat owners often encounter problems when their cats don't use the litter box at the beginning of their cat ownership.
This can be for health, environmental or emotional reasons.
Spotting this situation and trying to solve it is something every cat owner must face.
Some points to check for confirmation:
(1) Location of cat litter box:
Please try to place the litter box in a convenient and quiet location so that your cat can easily use the litter box without any threshold.
If your cat spends a lot of time in the bedroom and you put the litter box in the farthest bathroom, your cat may not want to use it because it's too far away.
If you keep your litter box next to your washing machine and people walk around every day, your cat probably won't want to use it in public.
Also, make sure your cat is comfortable with the size and type of litter box, which should normally be 1.5 times the size of the cat's body, although bigger is better if you're not sure.
(2) The type of cat litter
Most cats like bentonite. If you're not sure what kind of litter your cat likes, you can put a small amount of different litter into different plastic tubs and let your cat choose.
Do not have fewer litter boxes than the number of cats, preferably one more than the number of cats.
(3) Create solitude
Try to create moments of solitude between your cat and the litter box, such as after a meal or nap, when the cat is most likely to defecate. Take your cat to the litter box and close the door until your cat understands the use of the litter box.
(4) Reward mechanism
Cats are proud creatures, and rewarding your cat for successful use of the litter box is far more effective than punishing it for its misbehavior.
Usually you can reward it with a snack or a toy.
(5) Clean the litter box in time
The litter box is an important part of your cat's life. By keeping the litter box clean, your cat will enjoy using it more and avoid the possibility of disease.
You can use Lionpapa's litter genie refill bag to clean the litter box more easily. Our litter refill bag effectively locks out odors and can store a large amount of litter at one time. It's also easy to use it coupled with the Litter Genie pail, making scooping litter daily no longer a burden.