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Cat Litter Training Tips

 Submitted by Michael Adams on April 29, 2010

Most home cats are intelligent enough to get themselves used to a litter box; however sometimes it becomes necessary to train your little furry pet to the litter box. Cat litter training is not as difficult as it may appear given the numerous myths that cats are difficult to train. Although there might be a sliver of truth there, you might however want to follow some steps that will make it easy to litter train cats.

The first and foremost thing you can do is to clean the cat litter box on a regular basis. You cat will avoid the litter box, if it is too dirty. Cats get adjusted to a particular litter box, if you have changed the brand of the litter box, try changing it back.

You might want to place your cat near the litter box for some time, do not forget to put food and water relatively near. Keep checking your cat once in a while, your cat will eventually figure out the whole process. If the cat defecates elsewhere you may want to place the feces in the litter box for your cat to get the message. Try putting another litter box in some other place of the house, your pet cat may most probably appreciate the change.

If you have more than one cat, then make sure each one gets their own litter box. Do not place food and water very close to the litter box; cats do not like to eat where they defecate. Perhaps you have adopted a slightly older cat, even so, litter training a cat is not as difficult as you may anticipate. If your cat has soiled a part of the house then clean it thoroughly, with half water and half vinegar solution along with some disinfectant, this should clean it and remove the smell, and this will avoid your cat from returning to the place. You must learn to be gentle and patient with the cat, praise her when she has done something good, but do not resort to punishing if she has an accident, you will just need loads of patience till she gets it right.

Cat litter training can be successful if you are persistent and calm throughout, do not be impatient. If your pet cat that was house-broken has suddenly gone awry in her bowel mannerisms, then you might want to pay close attention to the behavioral changes of your home cat; for example – the addition of a new pet in the house, change of the litter box position, etc. could be the reasons. It also helps to pay attention to medical disorders that might cause your cat to adapt to training. If you believe that your cat is having trouble eliminating, take her to a vet immediately.

Also ensure your cat gets ample of privacy for litter training. If you follow these steps and measures you would have successfully trained your kitty. A little patience is all that is required in litter training a cat.
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