The key to successfully litter box training is to make sure your cat finds the potty area appealing so he will use it. It is very important that you set up the litter box with your cat’s preferences in mind, not just your own.
Litter boxes falls into two major categories including open can and covered. Open cans are preferred by many cats since they don’t trap odors inside and it allows your cat to escape if confronted by another pet. They are also inexpensive and make it easy to know when cleaning and scooping are necessary. This pet cat toilet is easy to use and clean. The other type of litter box is covered. These enclosed boxes can conceal the litter and help keep odors inside. While this may sound appealing to you, cats are sensitive to smell and may not prefer this type of box. One benefit of litter boxes is that they provide your cat with privacy, which some cats prefer.
Choosing the right type of litter is very important to your cat. There are two things I would recommend you to look for when making your decision on these cat supplies. First, start with a clumping scoopable litter. These are the most popular, reduce odors and make it easy to keep your cat’s box clean. Second, many brands offer different types of deodorizers or scents. Some are stronger than others. While cats prefer unscented litters, pet parents often choose the type of fragrance, so it is important to find a balance that works for both of you.
If your cat doesn’t like the litter you’ve chosen for him, he may not use the box. Here are some signs that your cat may be unhappy with your choice of litter. He may scratch outside of the box after pottying. He may completely stand on edge of the box only put two paws in. Or he may go to the bathroom right next to the box. If your cat displays any of these behaviors, try another type of litter.
The next step is finding the location that works for both you and your cat. You want to select the area that is easily accessible, yet provide plenty of privacy. Don’t put a litter box right next to the appliances. Appliances like washing machines and refrigerators start and stop abruptly. It may startle your cat. Also keep the litter box away from your cat’s food and water bowls and beds. Ideally if you have multiple cats, you should have one box per cat plus one extra. Don’t line them up one next to each other because your cat will perceive them as a dirty litter box.
A dirty little tray can keep your cat from using it. Make sure to use scoop at least once a day. If he uses standard clay litter, thoroughly clean the bottle with soap and hot water at least once a week. You can do this less frequently if you use a clump litter. You can do this less frequently if you causes clumping letter. As we mentioned before, cats have keen sense of smell so avoid strong cleaners. Also beware many cleaning products that contain ingredients that are toxic to cats.
Finally, litter boxes will eventually retain a odor even with regular cleaning, so change the amount time to time. So change the amount from time to time.