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    Train a Cat to Use a Litter Tray

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 20 May 2011

    It’s a common misconception that the hardest part of early ownership is training a cat to use a litter tray. Naturally, it’s not a process that will be achieved overnight, but provided you’re prepared to put the training in and demonstrate a little patience, you can achieve successful results within a matter of days.

    Cat Litter Trays and Getting Your Cat to Use Them

    •    First of all, purchase a litter tray from your local pet shop. If for any reason you’re unable to buy a tray in time, you can create your own tray from the cut-out of a cardboard box. Fill the tray with litter (this can also be bought from the shop or homemade via newspaper cuttings).

    •    Now it’s time to introduce your cat or kitten to the litter box. Gently guide him up to the litter box and allow him time to sniff and explore. Naturally, the cat is unlikely to immediately associate this place with his toilet habits, so every time the cat urinates outside of the tray, gently place the cat into the tray so he can begin to associate the two.

    •    In the early stages of litter training, stay observant of the cat’s behaviour. It’s relatively easy to tell when a cat is about to go to the toilet – he’ll begin to paw the floor and sniff to mark out a place to relieve himself. As soon as the cat gives this cue, quickly escort him to the litter tray.

    •    Finally, treats can provide an excellent means of ensuring the cat quickly becomes accustomed with going to the toilet in the litter tray. In the first couple of weeks, it’s important to offer rewards on a regular basis as you train a cat to use a litter tray.

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