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    Litter Training a cat for the first time

    Articlegeneral cat adviceThursday 16 May 2013
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    Thankfully this article will not be needed for all cat owners. Cats seem to have a natural instinct to working out how to use the litter tray themselves. That being said, some cats often forget how to use it and will go elsewhere. We take a look at why this can happen and more importantly how to stop it happening!
     
    First of all it is important to mention that if you cat goes in the wrong place and not the litter tray it means that they are not comfortable in their environment. It certainly does not mean they are doing it on purpose as bad behaviour or trying to annoy you. Cats will never do this and you should never punish a cat for doing something wrong.
     
    • Problems can happen for a variety of reasons however the most common are that you things in the house have changed such as a new animal or person in the house, a different time schedule the cat now lives by or changing the litter box to another location.
    • Make sure that the litter box is cleaned daily. If it is dirty then your cat will use other places.
    • If you have recently changed the brand or type of cat litter than you use then you should try changing back to another type. Cats can be very picky about the places that they go to.
    • If you have a cat that has been declawed and when they dig into the litter their paws can become very sore. You can try adding some shredded shiny newspaper. This can act as a cushion for their paws.
    • Now you can try to isolate the cat. Put it together with the litter box in a very small room such as a toilet and make sure they have plenty of water and food. Check on the cat every hour and if you see the desired results then let the cat out and praise it for doing such a good job. Keep repeating until you are satisfied with the results.
    • If the cat still misses the box then place its feces in the box and ignore the cat. Leave the room and come back in an hour to check up again.
    • If still no luck then it may be best to seek the advice of a vet because there could be some underlying issue happening for this behaviour.
     
     
    Source: Wikihow
     
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