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How to Train a Cat to Use a Litter Box

How to train a cat to use a litter box? What is a cat potty? How does it work? Is it something that just about every cat owner should have in their home? And why would I want one? These are all excellent questions, and we will address them one at a time in this article.

A litter box sometimes referred to as a litter tray, cat litter box, pet wipe, cat toilet, or litter tray, is indoor urine and fecal collection box for cats. There is only one type of litter in nature, but in a multi-cat household, the option is available to use two types. Each litter has its functions and advantages, so depending upon your situation and cat’s needs, you may wish to consider using more than one type. In this article, we will examine the most common types and will also explain their benefits and drawbacks.

Types of Litter Box for Cat

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Covered boxes are ideal for providing an enclosure that helps contain the mess but prevents it from being scattered across the floor. That said, the mess made by a covered box is not absent, but you can contain it within a relatively small area. A downside to this type is that if one of your cat’s toys becomes lost, they will usually track it back to its spot in the litter box. On the plus side, if they track it back to the area, it probably won’t spill out on to the floor, where it will end up all covered up with urine and faeces.

Boxes with lids are often referred to as litter-boxes. There are several types available, including scoop able, gravity-fed, air-tight, and covers. Some have two inches of sides, and some have only one inch or less. The scoop able litter-boxes tend to have fewer hygiene benefits than the others because the cat has to strain and pull off clumps of feces to access them.

Clay litter boxes offer the best hygiene and odor control. If you live in a warm, moist environment, clay boxes may be the best choice. A downside to a clay box is that if water or moisture seeps into the box itself, the clay tends to expand and form clumps that can injure the cat. If you notice your cat has already used the box and has yet to use it again, this could be an indication that there are bacteria in the clumps of urine.

An alternative to the two litter box systems is one litter box system. This involves mixing one litter with six to eight cups of fresh dry perlite. Cats are not very finicky about their personal hygiene and usually tolerate most types of litter. However, a change in this might be required if the cat’s habits are radically changed, for example, if they are moving into a new home. Another reason for this type of litter box system may be that the smell of cat urine has become too overpowering.

How to Train a Cat to Use a Litter Box

Some cats will mark their territory using urine, which is usually referred to as “marking”. “Marking” is a process by which the cat tells other cats where they have been urinating or where they are going. If you have a male cat, he may “mark” his territory by leaving urine near bushes and in outdoor areas. The smell from this can often be a frequent problem to many people.

Having a cat with its litter box is not always a good thing. It is often challenging to train a cat to use the toilet. Cats are creatures of habit, and when it comes to training a cat to use the litter box, you are more than likely going to have a tough time getting him or her to go potty there.

When you begin your cat training program, you should start slowly. You may want to place a bowl of water in the cage with your cat. When your cat completes the elimination process, you may want to feed her from the bowl without letting her out of the cage.

Potty training your cat should begin the day you introduce your cat to its litter box. You need to ensure that your cat is comfortable with the idea of using the litter box before you take it out on your own. It is usually best to err on the safe side and get a larger litter box than your cat is comfortable with. Your cat will probably feel more at home and less likely to eliminate outside of the litter box because he or she will have more space to move around.

Choosing the right size for your cat’s litter boxes is also important. Small cats often do not like the idea of having a litter box of their own. These cats need their litter boxes to help them do their business. If your cat has an accident in its litter box, it is essential to clean it regularly so you can avoid stressing your cat out.

Some cats have an unnatural instinct when it comes to eliminating in litter box. If your cat has this instinct, then you may have a tough time trying to train it. Your cat may feel uncomfortable if you force him or her to go outside. As a cat owner, it is essential to understand that your cat’s instinct is to stay safe.

Advantages of Litter Box

There are several advantages to litter boxes that most people are not aware of. One advantage is that they are easy to clean up afterwards. Some cats will eliminate in a small area, like under the bed or in the corner of the room. Others have an unnatural instinct to eliminate in small areas and will eliminate anywhere in the house. These cats’ problem is that they will scratch furniture and leave urine behind on couches and sofas.

There is another instinct that your cat has that is related to eliminating. This instinct is called the marking response. Cats mark their territory by rubbing against particular objects that are similar to their natural habitat. For example, if your cat mark scratches on the underside of your couch, she is using her natural instinct to mark her territory. By removing all of your furniture and replacing it with stuffed animals, and placing a litter box in the room, your cat will not be marking her territory.

Training Your Cat to Use Toilet

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An additional advantage of training your cat is that using a toilet instead of a litter box can save you some money in the long run. A litter box has a feature that can trap pet waste over time. The waste can become moldy and smell very unpleasant. With a toilet that features a biodegradable liner, you can eliminate this problem and be rid of the problem with one visit to your local vet.

Now for these reasons, it is crucial to toilet train your cat from an early age. Toilet training your cat will not only make your life easier, but it will also make your life more comfortable. Toilet train your cat by burying his waste in the toilet to avoid him smell it. This is also a survival instinct for cats. When they use the cat toilet instead of his standard litter box, the cat is happier, and the toilet also hides the scent better effectively.

Toilet, train your cat by laying down a cardboard box that will serve as his litter box on the floor in your bathroom. It would be best if you placed the toilet seat on a sturdy, flat surface, and it should be made of hardwood with a solid base. Make sure the box is easily accessible from the side of the box, and it should be placed where your cat usually does his potty. If you have multiple cats, then put a box in their rooms to use.

Some cats are rather excitable when it comes to using the litter box, so you should make sure he is familiar with it before trying to toilet train him. Once he is accustomed to it, then all you need to do is position the cat toilet so that the rear end faces the rear of the door. If your cat likes to sleep on your carpet, then you can line the bottom of his litter box up with your carpet by putting some old newspaper in the box and letting it dry overnight. This will allow your cat to get used to the smell of the newspaper and the texture of the box.

You can also toilet train a cat by making his litter box dirty, which may sound like a strange idea, but cats enjoy cleaning. Cats also enjoy scrubbing and cleaning themselves, and this will serve as a reward for him when he follows your command to ‘go’. To remove the scent from the cat toilet, use diluted vinegar in some warm water. You can also cover the cat litter box with plastic wrap and leave it out in the weather.

Toilet training your cat can take up to two weeks or even longer depend on how fast he reacts to your instructions. You should reward him for each new successful use of the box, and whenever he fails to use the box correctly, show him the wrong thing to do and gently scold him until he understands that the toilet seat is not to be used when he is not around the box. After two or three weeks, you will probably be able to train your cat to sit on the toilet seat by just concentrating. You may want to introduce another treat or reward system so that you always have something to put into the toilet bowl when he has used it. Eventually, your cat will get the idea that he gets rewarded whenever he goes into the bathroom.

Disadvantage for Toilet Training Your Cat

1. No Urine Monitoring for Your Cat

Sudden change of urine quantity of a cat over the time may indicate to early stage of serious health problem to the cat. Here is a list of what health problem a cat might have if it suddenly pee less:

  • Dehydration
  • Bladder infections
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney problem

So, if you train your cat to use the toilet to pee, there is no way for you to monitor and keep your cat urine volume in check. Early detection is crucial to avoid more chronic and serious health problem to the cat.

2. Toxoplasmosis Parasite Infections

Toxoplasma is the name for the parasite that a cat can be infected when the cat eat any small and wild animal such as rat and bird. This parasite will stay in cat poop for at least one week and if the cat use your home toilet for potty break, you and your family members might be infected with Toxoplasma parasite. This parasite can cause allergic reaction, serious health problem which require hospitalization and can spread easily among human.

3. Limited Access for the Toilet

Toilet door is usually keep closed at all times and at some times, your cat might need to potty and if it find the toilet door is closed and there is no other way to access the toilet, there is very high probability that the cat will pee or poo at other places in your home. Other concern you need to remember, toilet top lid need to be kept open at all time. A cat will not be able to lift the top lid and when this happen, your cat will pee or poo in the toilet floor or not in other corner of your home.

4. Travelling and Potty Break

When you are travelling with your cat, it will be a problem for your cat as the cat is familiar with the toilet in your home. So, you might need to re-train the cat at every places you go and this might be problem and raise frustration for both the cat and you. IF the cat is trained to potty train in a cage or litter box, you just need to bring the box with you.

One more thing if you need to leave the cat to any friend’s house or cat hotel, potty break in a toilet is not possible thus creating a big problem.  

All in all, we have lay down all the important steps and points on how to train a cat to use a litter box. Please make sure your cat is always safe and comfortable during potty training.                                               

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