Post Published on February 1, 2010 | Last Updated on July 15, 2021 by Jenny
When you think of a cat going the bathroom, you think of a cat in litter box. When you bring a new kitten home, chances are that it is already litter trained. Cats have a natural instinct to go to the bathroom in sand. They also watch and learn from their mother. Occasionally, especially with kittens that have been orphaned, you will have to litter box train them.
When it is up to you to litter box train your kitten the first thing that you need to do is make sure that the litter box is in an ideal location. Cats are always very aware of their surroundings; therefore you want to find a place that is out of the way, but yet in an area that your cat will not feel trapped by children or other animals.
Next show your new kitten where the box is by placing your cat in the litter box and show she or he with her or his claws how to scratch in the sand. Don’t be frustrated if she or he immediately jumps out and wants to play. Just because your cat seems like they are not interested doesn’t mean they didn’t retain the information for later and won’t mean that you won’t have a cat in litter box later.
Many cat owners experience a time in which it seems like their cats has forgotten how to use the litter box. When this happens it is important to look at the circumstances and eliminate health issues. Take the following questions into consideration:
- Is the litter box clean enough? Many cats will refuse to use a litter box that has waste in it. Make sure the box is clean. If you have more than one cat make sure you have a litter box for every cat in the house and make sure the they are scooped daily.
- Is it time for a new litter box? The plastic of a litter box can retain the smells from past use. Make sure to clean with an antibacterial soap or a little lemon juice. This will help neutralize smell. Some people even clean their boxes with bleach – letting them soak overnight (if you have another one that your kitty can use in the mean time).
- Is the litter box too close to where they eat? Cats naturally do not want to go to the bathroom where they eat or sleep. Try moving the box and see if that helps.
If these steps don’t seem to help and you find that your cats not using litter box then try isolating your cat in a room for a couple of days. Make sure the room has a non-porous floor that is easy to clean up. Provide you cat with a clean litter box, warm place to sleep and food and water. Check on them every couple of hours to make sure that they are using the litter box and keep the box clean, so that you always have a cat in litter box. Lavishly praise them for using the box and give them extra love because they will probably be a little put off at you for restricting their freedom.
With all this in mind, sometimes there are accidents because of health or jealously issues in the house. When you come in contact with cat urine where you don’t want it to be, it can be very difficult to clean. Here is a great product to help you make clean up quick, easy and leave the fabric, carpet or other surface smelling like there was a cat in litter box.