How to Care for Your Cat:
Litter Box Training
Most cats are easy to 'toilet train' to use a liter box. The litter tray should be big enough for her to turn around in, with cat litter that’s at least 1.5 inches deep. You can buy cat litter in supermarkets.
Put the litter box in a private place where there usually aren’t any people or other pets. Many cats want to feel safe when going to the toilet. Don’t put it next to her food or water.
Clean the litter tray with a scoop every day. Change the litter completely every week.
When you are first potty training the cat to use the litter box, praise her when she uses it. If you see her going to the bathroom in the wrong place, pick her up and move her to the litter box, and praise her. Don’t punish her for mistakes; this only makes it harder for her to become toilet trained. If you don’t see her make a mess, don’t bother correcting her later – she won’t connect the mistake to the correction.
If your cat isn’t using the litter box:
Try putting the litter box in different places, especially more private, safe places. Also try using a different kind of litter.
You can keep the cat and the litter box in a small room, such as the bathroom. Spend time sitting in this room, playing with her, and giving her as much attention as she wants. After she has used the litter box a few times, let her into the rest of the house for a couple hours at a time, and then for longer periods of time.
If she is using the same place in the house as her toilet, clean the area thoroughly. Then put something on or in front of this place so she can’t get to it. Or, put the litter tray in this place, and after she uses it a few times, move it a little every day to where you want it to be.
If the cat is potty trained but stops using the litter box, he may be sick or stressed. Bring him to your veterinarian or animal hospital for a health check.
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