How to Litter Train a Cat

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One of the biggest perks of being a cat parent is the fact that you don't have to worry about always having to let your pet out. Having that ease of a litter box makes having a cat that much more convenient! However, like most things in life, this is a luxury that has to be earned with a little bit of litter box training

Here's the good news: cats are naturally clean creatures. Teaching them to use the litter box encourages this good behavior. They will continue to use this litter box unless it gets dirty, or the doggo is invading their privacy again! Here are a few tips on getting your cat to use the litter box all of the time.

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Our Litter Box Training Recommendations: 

Choose the Purfect Litter Box

Picking out the right litter box for you and your cat is a big step in your training journey. Various types of litter boxes offer an array of features and capabilities. For example, there are big ones and small ones, and there are also automatic cleaning boxes that have a rake that rakes the dirty litter in a storage bag. There's even the option of buying disposable litter boxes that come with the litter already inside. This means that you don't have to mess with the litter either! 

The most significant points pet owners usually lookout for are cleanliness, price, and whether or not their cat will feel comfortable during their toilet time. If your kitty has a dog for a fursibling, you may even look at buying a dog proof litter box. However, we should point out that these can make your furry friend feel a bit closed in due to the box's restrictions of freedom. 

Get the Right Kitty Litter

Finding the right cat litter is something you can do easily. There are a lot of different types of cat litter; there are scented litter and non-scented litter. There is also litter that will clump up after your cat does his/her deed making it easier to scoop up. 

It would be best if you changed your cat's litter box at least every other day to keep your house smelling fresh and clean. Finding the right cat litter your cat likes can take a while. Your cat may not like a change in the type of litter you have in their box, and this will cause them to go to unwanted places as well.

Find Yummy Cat Food and Treats

Picking out the right type of cat food can make a difference in litter training your cats. Remember, cat food is for cats, not dogs, and dog food is for dogs, not kitties. While your pooch might like to sneak the occasional snack in, this can be harmful to their health. 

Despite what we see in the movies, try not to give your cats milk. We all know they like it, but it also leaves a big mess in the litter box. 

Try Treat Training

Just as you would with dog training, using treats proves to be a massive success in litter training! Each time that they successfully go to the litter box, reward them with their favorite snack

You can also try establishing a routine for your cat by prompting their toilet times. For example, you can play with your cat 15 minutes before it eats and then feed them. You will be able to judge when your cat will be ready to go into the litter box before or after feeding time. Not letting the cat leave the litter box area when you know their bladder is full will help the cat realize what it is that you are trying to teach them to do. 

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How to Litter Train a Cat 

Step One: Assess the Litter Box

First, make sure the litter box is in a safe and clean area and away from lots of traffic. Of course, your cat should still have plenty of freedom to access the area as they wish. We highly recommend utilizing a Door Buddy as you start litter box training your cat for this purpose. 

Using a Door Budy will ensure that your cat has complete privacy when they go to their litter box. By adding our door latch to the room with the litter box in, dogs and nosy little ones are kept out while your cat can smoothly go in. Your kitty can feel safe and secure, knowing that their litter box is protected! 

Step Two: Keep Up the Maintenance

Although the litter box does have its perks, it also comes with the responsibility of frequent cleaning. Should the litter become too dirty or full, your cat won't be that likely to go to the bathroom. It would help if you aimed to clear the box once a day by scooping out any solid litter and ensuring that there's at least 1 inch of litter in the box. 

Never clean the litter box if you are pregnant because it could contain toxoplasmosis, which can be harmful to you and your baby. 

Step Three: Separate the Food and the Litter Box 

Here's our top tip: do not place the litter box near his/her food. We see this happening often, but the truth is, cats do not like to eat in the same place they have urinated. 

Step Four: Give Your Cat Attention

Who would have thought that loving your cat could be beneficial for your litter training? It's true, cats need attention and can act out when they're feeling a little neglected. When this starts to happen, you may notice a few more "presents" left around the house for you. 

To stop this from happening, you should spend daily time with your cat to make them feel loved and wanted. Cats will respond much better when you take the time to show them attention.

Step Five: Stop Accidents From Happening

A large part of litter box training is to take preventative measures. If you have a male cat, you may notice that they are more active with toilet habits. This is because, just like dogs, they like to spray to mark their territory. Neutering your cat may be your best bet here to stop them from making any more mess. However, you should always consult your vet or behavioral specialist first! 

The next step you can take in stopping your cat from making a mess in your home is to use a simple solution. If your kitty likes to urinate in your home, you may already know that dreaded smell that comes with it. Using a concoction of vinegar and water will take the smell away and keep your cat from returning to that spot to use again.

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With all of these tips on how to litter train a cat in mind, it's important to remember the end goal: making sure your kitty feels comfortable with their litter box. The more confident and comfortable they are, the easier litter box training will be for both you and your fur friend!

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