Are you the proud pet parent of a cute and cuddly kitten? Or have you rescued a wonderful and wise older cat who used to spend a lot of time outside?
Teaching a kitten to use the litter box or training an older cat to pee in the box when they are used to doing their business outside can be a challenge. Still, it’s a necessary thing for a cat to know!
Your cat is highly trainable when it comes to many tasks and tricks, including learning to go potty. We’ve got 3 tried and true methods for teaching your furry feline to do their business in a litter box. This is important to know for cats who stay inside and for cats who may be left on their own a day or two while a pet parent is away.
Be ready to direct your cat to the litter box when you see signals that it is potty time. What are the signs? Making their way to a corner or quiet spot, sniffing at the ground, and meowing indicates that a cat needs to potty.
Make the litter box accessible, and don’t add confusion to the mix by setting up the litter area by a large potted plant containing enticing dirt! If you do so, you may find the plant is your cat’s preferred spot. If behind the plant is the only option, place foil or large rocks over the dirt to remove access to the plant.
Place the litter box in a quiet area. Felines are finicky when it comes to going potty. They like privacy—and they insist the litter box be pristine. Keep these pointers in mind, and you’ll have won half the potty training battle!
Often, potty training a kitten is pretty straightforward. Kittens (and cats) like to dig, and you are providing the perfect outlet for that. Older cats who have lived outside can be trained easily, too. Consistency and being aware of what cats prefer when it comes to litter will help you make potty training successful.
Buy a litter box that is short on the sides and easy to climb into. You can always buy a litter box with high sides once your kitty gets the idea (or grows from a tiny kitten into a lovable large cat).