How to Potty Train Your Cat

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April 6, 2021 12:36:55 PM PDT April 6, 2021 12:36:55 PM PDTth, April 6, 2021 12:36:55 PM PDT

Did you know you can actually potty train your cat? 


Well, actually, it’s more like litter box training, but the concept is the same. Whether you have a kitten or cat, it is their natural instinct to bury their eliminations, so all you need to do is show them where they should be doing this. If you aren’t sure where to begin with this, our guide on how to potty train a cat in just a few simple steps will help. 


Choose a Litter Box

When potting training your cat, your first step should be purchasing a litter box. The size you choose will be dependent on whether you have a small kitchen or adult cats. As a rough guide, a litter tray for a kitchen should be about 13x9 inches, whereas one for an adult cat should be full-sized. 


Basically, you need to ensure that your cat can easily bury their waste without struggling to move around their litter tray or make a mess in the rest of your home. 


Pick the Right Type of Litter

Most cats prefer fine-grain litters as these feel softer on their paws. However, all cats are different, so it may be a case of trial and error to see what your pet prefers. You can also choose between clumping and non-clumping litter, and again, each cat will have their own preference, but you may find clumping litter is easier to scoop up. 


Don’t forget to regularly get rid of any dirty litter and add clean litter to further encourage your cat to use a litter box.  


Place the Litter Box in the Right Place

It is no good putting your cat’s litter box in only one room in the home, especially if another household member might accidentally close the door and your cat is then unable to access their tray. 


Instead, place at least two litter boxes around your home and make sure that your cat has constant access to them. It can also be a good idea to enable your cat to roam freely between your home and your backyard using a sliding glass pet door so that they have the choice to go outside if they want to. 


Introduce your Cat to the Litter Box

Once you have everything set up, it is now time to train your cat to use their litter tray. Simply follow the below steps:


1) Show your cat where each litter box is placed and let them sniff them.

2) Gently place your cat in the litter box.

3) Let them explore the litter and encourage them to use their paws to move it around. 

4) If your cat does not use the tray the first time you place them in it, try placing them in again each time they have something to eat or drink.


How to Stop Inappropriate Elimination

If you are worried your cat may stop using the litter box, or they have already started doing their business elsewhere, there are ways in which you can stop this behavior.


1) Invest in automatic sliding door sensors, which will allow your cat the freedom to go outside whenever they want throughout the day while simultaneously keeping your home safe from intruders. 


2) Use positive reinforcement. Rather than punish your cat if they do not use their litter tray, focus on rewarding them with a treat when they do. This must be given immediately after the elimination to work effectively.