A lot of cats and kittens are quite eager to use their litter boxes. Several years ago, we had a litter of Siamese kittens and we filled a shoebox with litter and put this down for them to use – the kittens started using this with no problem when they were approximately four weeks old. Things may not go this smoothly, however, and if your cat or kitten is shying away from the litter box, you have to find out why.
Getting Your Cats To Use The Litter Box
Cats are naturally prone to seeking out loose, dry soil or sand when they need to defecate or urinate. Inappropriate elimination and avoiding the litter box in general really shouldn’t be an issue for cats, irrespective of their age.
This is because cats are naturally looking for places like these in which they can do their business. If your litter box creates the environment that they naturally seek, your cats will invariably be drawn to it. A lot of cats are not all that fond of scented litter, so try to stick with brands that are unscented, at least until your cat has grown accustomed to using the box.
Keep your cat’s litter box as clean as possible. Remove dirty litter each and every day and as quickly as you can. You want to change out the litter in this box weekly and be sure to wash the litter pan when you do this.
If you own multiple cats, be sure to put out a litter box for each one. Cats are not generally fond of having to share their litter boxes.
Find a spot that your cat feels comfortable eliminating, ideally away from the place for eating and drinking. Cats often like to have privacy as well, so putting the litter box in a relatively secluded area can also increase the likelihood of use.
If your cat remains resistant to the litter box you might try putting your cat in a small room where the box is present. More often than not, this will encourage your cat to use the box.
Using an attractant in the litter box is a great way to train kittens until they’re accustomed to using it.
These tips are meant to help cats and kittens use their litter boxes when these are first introduced. If your cat has reliably used the litter box for some time and then stops using it suddenly, there may be an underlying medical problem and thus, you should schedule an appointment with the vet right away.
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