Adopting a cat from good sources makes the litter training activities less intensive. Their moms might have trained the cats on the littering process. The mandate given to us is to ensure the cats are aware of using the litter box. Below are tips on training your cat to litter in the correct place:
Ensure the cat is the right age
Many cats will be fully grown and ready to start using their litter box after attaining about four weeks old. The cat is probably ready when she has high mobility and with well-developed natural instincts. If the cat is below four weeks of age, she will be unable to use the litter box efficiently, and you must come in handy during potty time.
Selecting the correct box and litter
Small cats find it difficult to get in and out of the box crafted explicitly for adult cats. Choosing a self cleaning litter box with a low lip that will grant the cat-quick access. For those with bigger tables, building a ramp having perfect traction lightens every moment. Young cats tend to be highly responsive to the old cats, hence select non-scented and dust-free litters always.
Accessibility and desirability of the box
The box must always be in a section of the home that is well lit and has proper availability. Avoid placing the box in a busy area within the home as well as in hidden areas. The aim is to ensure the box is the readily accessible point for bathroom purposes. Keep the litter box clean and fresh by making daily scoops.
Choosing the correct moment
Put the cat in the box after meals. It creates an associated link between the cat and the box since it will be in association with after meal activities. Be gentle and guide the cat on the box when the cat squats.
Practically show the cat how to do it
When the cat is on the litter, scratch lightly with your finger on the bedding. Do so repeatedly so that the cat understands the purpose of the box. Moving the paws on the litter is also an excellent way to help the cat learn.
Applaud the cat with no punishment
Immediate understanding of the function of the box is limiting to the cats. Show patience with these reward controlled cats since this will help them avoid specific behaviors in future. Punishment can drive the fearful cat away from the box. Sweet talk the cat after adequately using the box or right after placing the cat in the box.
Confine the cat for a short period
When all the above attempts have failed, and learning has proven difficult, consider locking up the cat for some time in a bathroom or a spacious cage. The contents of the confinement room areas mentioned are not limited to: a litter box, water, food, beddings, post for scratching, and toys. Having limited access to the specifics, the cat will understand the purposes of each tool available. Confinement is not a punishment, show more love and attention to the cat in all learning attempts.