Litter training a cat is usually not necessary as most cats will use their litter box automatically. However, there are of course some cats that do not. This can be very frustrating for the owner as the cat continues to go to toilet in every possible location in the house apart from the litter box. These are some helpful tips to hopefully try to encourage your cat to use the litter box and make litter training an ease.
Make sure you place the litter box in a quiet and easily accessible location. This is to make sure the cat is relaxed while in the box and obviously to make sure it can find it without any problem. It is also best not to place the litter box near the cat’s food or water for obvious reasons. Once you have an ideal location, place your cat into the litter box so that it knows where it is. You could also try gently moving its paws through the litter in a raking motion.
Try to make sure the cat has some privacy, while this may sound strange, cats do prefer to be left alone at this time.
If you have more than one cat, supply them each with a litter box as they may not want to use the same one.
Be aware of the size of the cat in proportion to the litter box, it may be that the litter box is far too large or small and hence make the cat prefer to go elsewhere. Small or older cats may need boxes with lower sides, making it easier for them to get in and out of the box. Some cats even prefer a box with a hood; this also prevents litter from scattering around the floor.
Always make sure the litter box is clean. Cats generally do not like to use a litter box that has already been soiled. Remove the soiled litter once a day and clean the litter box once a week. Do not use any strong smelling cleaning materials as this may also discourage your cat from using it.
It is also important to consider the litter type. Cats tend to prefer litter that has the same consistency and texture of soil, so a fine, clumping litter is best. Try not to use fragranced litter as the smell can discourage the cat from entering the box.
There are also sprays available that can help to make the litter box a more attractive scent to your cat, trying several of these could also make the difference between your cat using the floor or the cat using the litter box.
If you have succeeded in litter training your cat, always remember never to move the litter box unless it is completely necessary. If it is, then moving it at gradual amounts at a time will help make the move easier for your cat.