For those families who love cats, re-training their loved pet for a new cat litter or litter box could be problematic. Though some cats are pickier and exude the strength of their personalities in their behavior that does not necessarily corresponds with our, human, needs, we need to be patient with our furry friends. With patience and some helpful tips, we can help our cat understand what is wanted.
Here are the general guidelines to train your cat for a litter box behavior.
STEP 1 – Choose a litter box that is right in size for your pet.
Very small litter boxes tend to create aversion in cats, as they do like some room for digging and covering their pee/poo. Small litter boxes will be stalling a natural behavior in your pet.
STEP 2 – Place your pet inside the litter box and simulate digging behavior with its paws.
Cats have natural instincts and will pick up that digging action as the norm in their behavior. They will associate a litter box as the place where they need to go to the bathroom.
STEP 3 – Patience vs Aggressiveness in your behavior towards your pet.
If your feline friend makes a boo-boo and pees/poos somewhere outside the litter box, show the mess to your furry friend without any anger or aggression, then gently repeat Step 2.
Changing litter or the litter box itself can be done
using positive reinforcement.
Recently, our household with three Cornish Rexes had to go through a retraining of our kitties for a new litter box. This time, it is an automatic waste removal system called Litter-Robot. To any human, this unique and patented system is a winner without any extra argument:
• Automatic litter box cleaning
• Economic removal of waste: a patented sifting process performs this function
• Safety for the entire family by having waste removed only once a week or so
• Dramatic reduction in smell of the litter box
• Money saver in litter, as only clumps are removed from the soiled area
Changing Habits Takes Time
Use Clumping Cat Litter with Litter-Robot
Two of my cats took affinity of the Litter-Robot in no time. They familiarized themselves with the new enclosure and started using it within a two-day period. The third Rex did not want to have anything to do with a new loo.
It is very important that we do not quit cold turkey from using an old litter box and offering a new option for the cats. I had both litter boxes available to my furry friends during the re-training period. With the one that refused to use a new litter box – Litter-Robot – I had to try something different.
Use Catnip Or Treats To Motivate Your Cat To Use A New Litter Box
Here are a few tips that could make a huge difference in the retraining of your cat for a new litter box.
• Leave old litter box in the same space with a new litter box. This gives options and takes the anxiety part away from the kitty.
• Use treats or catnip for your cat to entice it into a new litter box – this option worked for my cat. Catnip made a huge difference in the retraining behavior or my Cornish Rex. You can easily try treats with your kitty.
• Show your cat a new litter box by placing it gently inside the new box, and simulate a digging behavior. Reward your pet with a treat.
• If your pet was trained with clicker – more power to you! Use the clicker to retrain your cat for a new litter box.
Being patient and kind to your cat during the re-training period is a must for a quicker success. Cats are smart and will understand what you are doing and wanting from them.
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