Litterbox Training Tips
Want to know how to litterbox train your outdoor cat? If you’re adopting a cat who is used to being outside or moving to a new place that doesn’t allow cats to roam these tips can help you.
Litterbox training is one of the biggest concerns when transitioning an outdoor-only cat to the indoors.
However, most cats can be litterbox trained in a few simple steps, with minimal hassle.
Make the Litterbox Appealing
Every house should have one litterbox per cat, plus one. Get two boxes for your new cat and place both boxes in locations that your cat likely is going to want to go: one by the door leading to outside where she would normally eliminate and one in a more private area.
Some cats prefer litterboxes that are more hidden, so placing one behind a cat-safe plant or other barrier can help her feel more secure.
In order to be sure your cat uses the box and not the plant as her bathroom, temporarily cover the plant’s soil with pieces of tin foil.
Choose a box that your cat will actually use.
Too often, cat owners opt for litterboxes that are less offensive to the human eye, such as those that are covered. However, covered boxes can be frightening to cats, as they hinder any chance of escape and leave a cat vulnerable.
Covered boxes also contain all of the scent, which may prompt a cat to use another place with less offensive odors.
– via Vetstreet
Litterbox Training Made Easy!
Litterbox training doesn’t have to be stressful. When you’re transitioning an outdoor cat to indoor life, one of the most important things you need is patience. And a litter your cat will enjoy!
Type of Litter
An outdoor cat who has never used a litter box is more familiar with soil, sand and unscented substrates. Your best bet is to choose a very soft sand-like, unscented scoopable litter.
If your outdoor cat is only comfortable eliminating in sandy soil, you may have to initially make a mix of litter and sandy soil together and then gradually reduce the amount of soil in the box until you’re left with just scoopable litter.
If the cat isn’t using the litter box and you’re unsure just what substrate to use, set out a few boxes and offer several choices.
The longer the cat has been used to eliminating exclusively outdoors, the longer it may take for him to get the hang of now using a litter box.
Don’t punish him for mistakes or else you’ll create a fear and that will set you back in the training and trust-building process. Instead, make any necessary adjustments in the set-up and the environment to help him succeed.
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