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Asking cats to use a litter tray inside the house is in some ways asking them to go again
5 Tricks To Encourage Cats To Always Use The Litter Tray
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their instincts. So it's hardly surprising that the most common
behavioral problem reported by owners concerns their pets not using the
tray. Contrary to popular belief, mother cats do not teach their kittens
to use the litter box. Kittens begin to dig in at about 4 weeks old
without ever having observed their mothers doing so.As
cats have a similar view to humans on the best place for a toilet. None
of us like to eat too near the toilet, and none of us like to relax
near it either, and so it is for cats.
Unfortunately when litter
training is not working it can also be one of the most unpleasant and
frustrating problems to try and solve - but if you're having problems in
this area do not despair!
Find a Nice Quiet Place
Cats like to have a lot
of privacy when they go to bathroom. They're very shy animals. If your
cat is mostly peeing in hidden places, like under furniture or in dark
corners, it is because they don't feel secluded enough in their litter
box. Make sure your cat's litter box is in a dark quiet place where they
can have plenty of privacy.
Have the Right Tray
Avoid additions like
deodorisers and tray liners, as they can put cats off using their trays.
Litter tray design is also important. Make sure your choice of tray is
large enough for the cat to move around in and, if he's older, that he
can easily climb in and out of. A covered litter tray helps to provide
privacy, along with helping to ensure litter remains within the tray.
Look out also for a new generation of automated cat litter trays which
can be programmed to remove soiled litter and solid matter.
Scoop It Up
after they have been used and replacing the litter at least once a week
suits most cats. The tray should be cleaned without using any substance
that is highly perfumed or simulates urine smell, such as scented
Feeling Poorly – a Vet Visit
Urinary tract infections are a common cause of a
cat peeing all over the house. Often a cat will inappropriately urinate
because of a medical condition.
If you have problems with a cat not using his
litter box please get him or her checked by a vet. Your vet can examine
your cat for lower urinary tract diseases to rule out medical conditions
which could be causing the inappropriate urination problem. For example
a painful case of cystitis or urethral blockage may have your cat
associating the pain of urination with it's litter tray and it will
therefore avoid the litter tray.
Try altering the type of
litter you use. Some cats have a preference. Make changeovers
gradually, mixing the new litter in with the old. If you've been using a
large granular litter, change to a finer product, and fill the tray so
that the cat has a good depth to dig in.
Here at Natural and Clean we can offer you clumping and non-clumping cat litters that are 100% biodegradable and removes the smell of cat urine permanently.