How do you train or retain your cat to use the litter tray? This seems like an easy process but at times it can be quite difficult. Some people struggle a little to get their kitten to understand what it is they want them to do. In some cases the mother cat will show them how to use the litter tray, but some kittens do not learn properly and it is your job to show them how to use the litter tray effectively.
Kittens begin to dig in dirt and dry loose material at just a few weeks old, without ever having observed their mothers doing so. This natural instinct is used in training kittens to use the litter tray. It is important to know what your kitten will need as cats are quite picky when it comes to using the toilet.
The first thing to think about is where to put your kitten’s litter tray. Some cats like their litter tray to be hidden or covered. There are many varieties of litter trays that will help you assist in your cat's needs, including sizes and depth of the litter tray. In the beginning there will be a bit of trial and error involved, but eventually you’ll figure out what is the right litter tray with the right depth and the right place for your cat.
Cats are not very good at sharing toilets, therefore if you have more than one cat you might need to have more than one litter tray. The position of the cat litter tray is important, some cats are shy, they don't want to expose themselves and might feel a little vulnerable. In those cases a covered tray would be best.
In some cases cats don’t like being in a closed space and it can cause panic in your cat. If you notice your cat isn’t using the covered toilet, take the top off to start with and place it towards the end of the tray so that it is leaning onto the base of the tray. Over a period of four to seven days gradually move the cover more and more forward, as long as your cat is still happy. Continue doing this until the tray is completely covered. When the cat litter box is completely covered and your cat refuses to go in, it probable means that your cat will never use it and you will have to make peace with the idea.
There are many different types of litter you can use, and again some cats prefer one type to another. If you are going to get your cat properly litter trained you are probably going to have to spend a little bit of time getting the correct litter and the right litter tray.
It is very important to clean the litter tray regularly, especially if you have a cat that is not keen on using it. However, don’t clean it too much. Some cats feel more secure with a bit of smell remaining in the tray. Give the litter tray a good clean at least once a week.
When it comes to cleaning your cat's litter tray, you’ll have to consider what disinfectant product to use and whether it is safe to use. F10 SCXD veterinary disinfectant is a special disinfectant product and is safe to use on all your pet’s accessories and will not harm them at all. Therefore, if your cat happens to lick the tray or a bit of the litter, your cat will be perfectly safe.
After each feeding, take your kitten to its litter box and place it into the tray. Gently scratch your kitten's paws in the litter to show that this is the right place to go. Once your kitten has successfully used the litter box, reward your kitten by playing with it and give it lots of love. If your cat has made an oopsie, don’t scold. Take it to the mess to smell, then take your kitten to the litter box to smell as well and repeat the process of scratching its paws in the litter.
In general cats are particular about how they want things done, so this is the best way to litter train your kitten. Think about the type of litter tray, the type of the actual litter, the position of the tray and make sure you are cleaning it regularly. But most importantly, be patient, your kitten is still a baby.