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If you own a kitten or cat, you would agree that they're
fiercely loyal and playful creatures and a delight to have as pets. However,
there are a few drawbacks to owning these furballs too, one of them being that
they might not know how to use a litter box. That's fixable, though. There are
ways in which you can train your cat and make them an expert at using a litter
Some of the supplies you’ll need for this training
- Litter box
- Toys and treats
- Cat litter
Pick The Correct
Selecting a suitable litter box for your cat is an
extremely important first step in the litter training process. For kittens, you
might need a box that has lower sides so that they can enter/exit with ease.
For grown cats, on the other hand, a litter box with taller sides might be
ideal, as it will help keep the waste and litter off your floor. As far as the
material choice for the box is concerned, opt for heavy and long-lasting
plastic because these boxes are easier to clean and don’t need to be replaced
It is also important to place the litter box(es) in the
right place, where the cat has enough privacy. When overexposed, cats tend to
feel unsafe and might not use them. Also, always remember that you need one
litter box for each cat, and it’s always a good idea to have an extra one.
Using Cat Litter
Litter training obviously needs some cat litter. You can
choose from a variety of different options, such as eco-friendly litter or
regular clay litter, depending on your budget. The eco-friendly litter is
usually made from recycled newspaper, wheat or pine pellets. Most cats aren't
very fussy about the kind of litter used, but sometimes they may not like the
smell or texture. So, the best thing is, to begin with unscented, standard
Introducing The Cat
To The Litter Box
If you’re getting a new cat to your home, the smartest way
to get them to use the litter box is to show it to them on the first day
itself. They might hide when they see it, but that’s normal. Just keep the box
wherever you think the cat might feel comfortable, and then slowly take it to
the location you prefer.
One of the best practices to follow is to put your cat in the box after
play sessions, meals, and naps, also when they seem to want to "go."
This should be done for at least the initial few days when the cat comes to
live in the home. This will help you train them pretty quickly.