How To Toilet Train Your Cat
Need to know how to toilet train your cat? Some cats catch on faster than others, but they all need to learn how to use the litter box at some point. You may grumble at having to clean out the litter box every couple of days, but having to toilet train your cat is a lot better than having to wash the smell of cat urine out of your clothing. In the end, going through the appropriate steps to toilet train your cat is not a terribly painful process for either you or your cat. Actually, toilet training your cat is pretty simple.
- Get a big litter box. Toilet training your cat will be easier if you get a big litter box, because cats like to have a little room to move around. If you are attempting to toilet train a kitten, don't get a small litter box--get the big litter box so your kitten can adjust to it and get comfortable with it at a young age.
- Place the litter box in a quiet area. While going through the steps to toilet train your cat, make sure the litter box is in an area where the cat will feel comfortable using it, otherwise the cat won't use it.
- Use a familiar litter box and cat litter. If you are getting a cat that was raised somewhere else, make sure and use a litter box and cat litter that are similar to what the cat had before.
- Place the cat near the litter box every couple of hours, or when it looks like your cat needs to go to the bathroom. This will help the cat familiarize itself with the area. When your cat does use the litter box, pet her and reward her.
- Don't punish your cat for going to the bathroom outside of the litter box. If you punish your cat for not using the litter box, you will have taken a big step backwards in toilet training your cat. Your cat will be confused about why it is being punished, and will be more likely to go to the bathroom in places that will be harder for you to clean.
- Don't clean out the litter box entirely. This will help remind the cat what the box is for, and will make your cat more likely to use the litter box during the adjustment period. After you feel the cat has adjusted to its new surroundings, and where the litter box is, you should clean out the litter box every day or every other day.