Cats are instinctively potty-trained animals and their natural desire is to hide the traces after their toileting. We had a received little kitten, who went alone to the cat litter on the first day, and everything was okay. For an cat owner, such a situation is more fortunate naturally. If this is not the case, then we have to teach our cat to use the litter.
As a first step, show to the cat the litter tray and then put the cat in. Grasp one of its forelegs and take a scratching motion over an extended period of time. Maybe at first this not like the cat, but it will probably soon realize that this is a pretty good place for toileting.
Initially after meals, let's put our cat into the tray and even when we see that they are preparing for something small or big (sniffing, crouching).
If it leaves us a small "package" during the accustoming period, then put it in the litter by showing it to the kitty. We can also try to temporarily place the litter tray to a place that the kitten has picked up for toileting. It will most likely go in there and after a few times you can drag the tray where you originally wanted to place it.
If your cat dumped in the wrong place, then it can be scolded gently, so it can know that its owner is not happy about it. The place should be thoroughly cleaned so that the smell could not remind the kitty that the toilet is there. It is important that you should not hurt or punish it anyway because you will achieve the opposite effect than you wanted. And when it is clever and everything goes where its owner wanted to, reward it with some nice little treats.
There are several reasons why the cat does not use the litter tray:
- There may be a problem with the cat litter (not in the right place, using a litter other than earlier, or possibly it is less cleaned than necessary).
- The cat became mature.
- Events that lead to trauma for the cat: it can be caused by some major change in the environment (moving to another apartment, rearranging the apartment or someone moving away from the family, giving birth to a baby, getting a new pet to the house...)
- Cats are very sensitive to their environment, they love peace and security, and if in nowadays rushing world the owner or someone else in the family is more tense and nervous, this can affect the kitty, which can result in a problem of housebreaking.
- Some disease (inflammation, diarrhoea ... etc.), in this case, please contact your veterinarian and examine the kitten.
Place the cat litter tray in a place where the kitten can safely toileting and surely will not interfere with anything. Fill it with at least 5-6 cm high litter and the cat can already use it. If you are keeping more than one cat, it is fortunate to place several litter trays in the apartment.
You can get a wide range of cat litter, everybody use different ones. When choosing a litter, it is advisable to choose one that will lump as a result of moisture. The part of the litter will lump where the kitty pees on it and during cleaning it is enough to throw it out.
The tiny granite litter is very good absorbent, but its disadvantage is that it can stick to the feet of the cats, and in that case they will carry it more in the apartment.
For some people, the best solution is mixing two types of litters in half, thus making use of the advantageous properties of both types of litter.
It is important that the litter must be cleaned regularly. The kittens love to do their job in a clean place and tend to avoid the "overstuffed" cat litter. It is advisable to remove the poo and pile lumped because of pee twice a day.
At some intervals, change the litter completely. Cat litter tray can take over the unpleasant smells after a while. When changing the cat litter, wash the litter tray with warm water, and avoid using detergents. If you really need to, you can use a little hypo for disinfection, and then rinse the tray very thoroughly.
Which is still very important:
- pregnant women must not clean cat litters because it may contain parasites that may cause toxoplasmosis,
- after we you done, wash hands thoroughly.
The advantage of a closed cat litter with a trapdoor is that the kitten cannot crawl the cat litter on the floor when it covers the product. They also offer a more aesthetic look than the open ones. The babies also access more difficulty this type of cat litter. Its disadvantage, however, is that it can have bad smell, especially in hot weather. There are cats who are particularly afraid to enter the trapdoor cat litters.