How to Teach Your Cat to Use a Toilet | No More Litter Box - PetWave
Q: For Christmas I was just given a gift of a 6-foot palm tree that is in a 24-inch wide pot that is sitting in my living room. However, my issue is not with the tree but with my 2-year-old indoor cat who, for whatever reason, likes to use the soil in the pot as a litter box. She jumps up onto the pot and somehow finds the room to dig a hole in the soil and poop or pee in it. She still uses her regular litter box as well, so I have no idea what criteria she uses when deciding to use the plant or her litter box. I tried spraying her with water from a squirt bottle when I see her digging in the pot but this only seems to teach her to do it when we are not home or at night. Are there any suggestions you can give me to solve the situation? -- Karen Greco, Allentown, PA
Feral cat mothers decide on a specific area that will be used as “the bathroom” and teaches the kittens to go there. It is usually an area that has soft, sandy dirt or a pile of leaves. So when you take in a feral or stray cat, this is how they automatically know that the litter box, an area full of sand-like material, is the place where waste should be deposited.
Litter box issues, although preventable, are one of the top reasons cats are brought to shelters. Watch this video to learn some tips on how to improve your cat's use of the litter box. From training new kittens, to what type of litter box to buy, this video will teach you everything you need to know about litter box training.
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Petco Official Website: People who have never owned or been around cats sometimes imagine that it takes a lot of time and effort to train a cat to use a litter box. We proud cat parents might like to attribute our cat’s use of a litter box to hours of dedicated training, or to our cat’s superior intelligence. However, the truth is that it is relatively simple to teach a cat or kitten to use a litter box because it appeals to their instincts.What a man learns being a child, remains with him throughout his life. Similarly, when a kitten is litter box trained, it uses the box throughout its life as a cat. But, if a kitten is not properly trained, then it’s hard to teach and help her practice the use of a litter box. Therefore, it’s quite necessary to rightly train your kitten how to use a litter box.
However, there are some factors that disallow the older cats to use box and relieve themselves As a result, they release waste wherever they stand.
Health or Behavioral Problems
Litter box training for older cats can be an issue because of health or behavioral problems. If a cat trained to urinate in a litter box doesn’t do so, it’s a sign to check out with a veterinarian. This could be because of kidney stones, urinary problems, urinary tract infections, and bowel diseases. In such situations place the litter box where it’s easy for the cat to enter and exit comfortably.First, determine what you'd like your cat to learn, then move toward them in small ways each day. Before you start training your cat, however, consider what commands you'll use and what types of behavioral actions you want her to learn. Think about what you may have wondered in the past: how to train your cat to use a litter box, how to keep her calm on trips to the veterinarian's office, and the like. How can you teach her stop scratching your rugs or furniture? These are all options you can work on during training.If a kitten is abandoned by the the mother prior to litter box training, it is up to you to teach him where to go. If you have a cat that is having problems using the litter box, maybe missing the box or not covering up his waste properly, it is probably because he didn’t have ample time to be taught by the mother how to use the box or bury the excrements.