For many cats, having a cat-litter box in their house is a natural behavior they develop at kittenhood. It is instinctual. But some cats do have a certain aversion to using the cat litter box, while older cats can have a general aversion. So, where should you begin and how do you get your new cat to love to use the litter tray? You can’t expect your cat to like using his litter box if you don’t encourage them. Cats naturally have a certain need to be clean and there are a few steps you can take to help encourage them to be less resistant to using the cat litter box.
The first step is to make sure that all the loose litter is in the bowl when you get up in the morning. This will help prevent cat litter from being scattered about the house at night. You should also take steps to ensure that the cat litter tray is easily accessible, particularly if you are away all day or night. This will ensure that your cat does not become confused when trying to locate its litter tray or accidentally drops it on the floor or elsewhere in the house.
The next thing you need to do is to make the litter tray attractive to your cat. There are various ways you can do this. You could choose to purchase a litter tray cover that has small, brightly colored designs so your cat can pick up the smell.
You could also choose to create a scene that caters to cat owners by choosing to place a favorite toy inside the litter tray. When your cat uses its litter tray, it can be tempting to play with this toy or nibble on it.
In addition to making the litter tray attractive, you can also try some litter tray training to help your cat understand what the correct procedure is. Start out by laying the tray on a flat surface, such as a table, and placing the cat litter in the tray. Place your hand underneath the tray and move your fingers around the edges of the tray so your cat knows what to do. Once your cat understands what you want him to do, remove your fingers and move the tray onto a clean tiled flooring surface.
Your cat may then start to follow your lead and the moment you return him to his litter tray, move your hands over the litter. Until your cat picks up the litter again. This will become quite a routine and will help your cat to associate moving your hands over the tray to clean its own litter.
If your cat refuses to use the litter tray, consider giving him some encouragement. Try a special treat such as a soft cloth soaked in water and placed inside the litter tray, which your cat will pick up and lick to clean itself. If you find your cat still refuses to use the toilet, you can gently tap its paws against the sides of the litter tray to reinforce your training.
Cat training should not be intimidating. As long as you are persistent and patient, your cat should gradually become used to the idea of using the cat litter tray and eventually learn to use it without any problems. Remember, however, that it takes some time for your cat to adjust to the change and to get used to your commands.
When you have succeeded in training your cat to use the litter tray, it may take a while before you see results. As cats have a natural tendency to have more kittens than adults do, it could take up to three months before you begin to see your cat using the toilet again but by then you will know that you have done a good job.
Another benefit of cat litter tray training is that it will encourage your cat to use the litter box when he needs to. This is particularly important if you live in a house where there are other cats that refuse to use the toilet.
You may also find that your cat is much happier when using the litter box, because he is aware that he is taking care of its own hygiene. When you do not. By training your cat to use the litter box regularly, you will be able to enjoy a happier and calmer cat and reduce your stress levels as well!