Annoyingly, babies and most pets require potty training. We domesticated animals to make them less dangerous and easier to keep, yet we couldn’t make them potty trained. Potty training can be one of the most tedious or challenging aspects of raising a child or getting a pet. Luckily, this is the 21st Century, and generation upon generations of people have faced this challenge before us, meaning that there are already thousands of techniques to help out.
If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably looking for tips on how to potty train a cat(if not, then I’m not sure why you clicked here). Fortunately, cats are naturally clean animals. In the wild, they dig holes in the dirt to urinate. In a typical human household, the floor is too hard to dig, so the cat will end up urinating in the wrong places. Litter training is teaching a cat to recognize the litter box as a place to go potty, and it’s not typically that hard!
Where to keep the litter box
One thing you need to keep in mind about cats is that them using the bathroom is much like humans. They don’t like doing it in the open, so try putting the litter box in a generally secluded part of a room. Have it in the corner, away from where people would walk, and don’t put it in a place where there would be lots of noise, such as a laundry room, the kitchen or wherever the kids watch TV.
Getting Your Cat In The Litter Box
Try gently putting the cat in the box and urge to get in. Let it familiarise itself with it. It’ll probably spend some time sniffing it and looking around. Make sure to not change the box’s location once you’ve shown it to your cat, because this might confuse it and cause a setback in it’s training. Here are some more tips:
- Put your cat in the box after meals.
- Pet or encourage it whenever it’s done using the litter box so that it associates it with good behavior.
- Don’t scold the cat if it pees or poops out of the box. This can affect its mental health, cause it to rebel and lead it to think that the litter box is the reason for your anger. All of these lead to cats urinating outside the box.
- If you already have a cat that is potty trained and you’re training a new one, let the first cat demonstrate going into the box so the new cat will too.
Things To Look Out FOR
Sometimes, even after a while, cats still don’t use a litter box. This can mean a couple of things. Here are some possibilities if your cat is still having trouble.
- The cat may not like the type of litter you’re using. Surprisingly, there are tons of different types of litter for different cat preferences (which is both convenient and questionable). Scented litter, non-scented, artificial and natural (made of things like sand). Try experimenting with different kinds. Most cats prefer non-scented litter, but every cat is different, just like us, so don’t assume yours will like the bestselling type on Amazon.
- Make sure you clean the litter in the box every time the cat uses it. It won’t use it if it comes to find its waste from that morning, or the day before, just like how most people don’t appreciate it if the toilet isn’t flushed.
- If you’re doing everything and the cat’s still having issues, then take it to the vet. Sometimes, these problems can root from health issues. It’s important for it to have an appointment, just to make sure everything is in order. You may think that these small problems aren’t worth the fuss of going to the vet, but one checkup could mean the difference between life and death.