How to Train a Cat to Use Litter Box?
One of the first things that any good cat owner should do after adopting a kitten is teach it how to use the litter box.
Experienced cat owners will know how simple it is to train a kitten to use a litter box.
So if you're a first-time cat owner, don't be too alarmed. It's a strong instinct for cats to bury their own waste, and all you have to do is train them to use the litter box in the right place, without making a mess of your home.
Some items you might want to use:
You may need the following items to train your kitten to use the litter box:
Litter boxes: This is our "main character" of the day, and it's worth mentioning the number of them, preferably one more than your cat, not exactly one per cat. If this is your first time getting a cat, it's a good idea to have two litter boxes.
Cat litter: Most cats hate scented cat litter, even if it smells good to humans. So it's best to start with the simplest, standard, unscented litter.
Snacks and toys: Train your cat with rewards rather than punishments. When your cat uses the litter box correctly, you can reward it with a piece of dry cat food, or help it form positive associations with verbal compliments and toys. Even though cats don't understand human language, they are intelligent creatures who can read the emotions you're expressing from your facial expressions and gestures.
How to train your cat to use the litter box:
You can refer to the following steps:
As soon as it gets home, take it to the litter box, show it the outside of the litter box, and leave it in the litter box until your cat becomes familiar with the litter smell. Once your cat has memorized the location of the litter box, it's best not to move it easily to avoid confusion.
Taking your cat to the litter box immediately after meals and naps, when your cat most wants to excrete, will help it establish a link between the pee and the litter box. If it doesn't immediately defecate or show signs of leaving, put it back in the litter box.
When you notice your cat using the litter box correctly, reward it with a treat or toy to make it feel like it's doing the right thing.
On the other hand, don't punish a cat for misbehaving, because cats don't associate punishment with misbehaving, and punishment can only lead to stress and anxiety, which can make training more difficult.
Clean the litter box in time
I know cleaning out your litter box is a hassle, especially if you have to clean it every day, but it's just as important as it is a hassle. Not only will it keep the air in your home clean, it will also make the litter box more enjoyable for your cat.
The good news is that our brains have come up with tools to help us simplify the cleaning process: Litter Genie's litter pail and Lionpapa's litter refill bag.
Litter Genie pails are easy to use, perfect for locking up cat litter smells and storing large volumes of litter at once. A pail is also cheap, but its refill bag is not. Fortunately, Lionpapa's cat litter refill bag can be used as an alternative.
Our cat litter bag has the same quality as the original one, but the price is only 70% of the original one. Even during the Black Friday sale, the unit price of a litter refill bag is at least half of the original one. So don't miss the opportunity to buy and give it a try!
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