How To House Train Your Cat

When you bring your Cat home one of the first things you want to concentrate on is house training your cat.  The earlier you can perform this training will ensure a well behaved cat who goes to the toilet only where you want it to! House training your cat is a step towards ensuring yours and your cats life is as clean and happy as possible – because lets face it you don’t want to be cleaning up after your cat every day!

A well-trained cat makes you happy and also ensures its happiness.  Taking the effort to house train a cat is, therefore, worthy and not that hard at all.  Cats by nature are clean animals, they are gifted with strong instincts of relieving themselves in a particular spot without dirtying the whole area.   Although training a cat is easy, other factors might come into play, making the task harder.   Some cats may suffer from certain emotions due to health problems and behavioral issues.   As an example, they may stop weeing in their litterbox and start spraying their urine around the house.  If this does occur then it is a good idea to invest in a cat behaviorist or talk to your vet.

How to house train your cat

You first need to decide where you want your cat to relieve itself.  The most common choice is a litterbox, however, people also train their cats how to use a human toilet!  For the purpose of this article we are going to concentrate on using a litterbox.

There are hundreds if not thousands of litterboxes on the market these days. They come in all shapes and sizes and have a variety of prices.

Selecting the Best Litter box

When choosing a litter box for your kitten or Cat you need to think about the size, type and extra features you desire.  The right size will be based on the cat’s size and space availability in your house.  In most cases, it’s recommended the box length be 1 times the length of the cat and the width being around the cat’s length.

The following are some of the available litter box types.      

Open Top-It’s the most popular litter box for your cat and easy to use and maintain. It comes in two formats i.e the high and low sided box. The high sided keeps the litter deep down and covered, but it’s not recommended for small and huge cats as it will not allow easy access. Low sided is easy for cats to access, but disadvantageous for the cat owner as litter will spill off.  

Covered– This litter box is convenient to the cat and the house owner. It offers cat privacy and also controls odors and prevents litter from falling-off. 

Self-Cleaning– It comes with an automatic cleaning system and therefore good for pet owners who spend most of their time away. They’re expensive and the cat also may not like it much due to motor noise. 

Hidden Litter Box– The box is hidden away and looks like a normal part of the house furniture. It’s for people who don’t like having the cat litter box visible.   

Where to place the litter box

When you start the training process, try to locate the litter box in a quiet and convenient place in the house. The cat should be able to easily access it and it should be in a place where the cat is comfortable and not scared. It is a good idea to put it somewhere away from objects the cat is frightened off. For example if the cat hates the vacuum cleaner don’t place the litter box next to the vacuum. It is also advised not to leave it in the kitchen for hygiene purposes. Great locations for a litter box is the bathroom or the laundry or on a balcony or deck which is undercover.

 House Train a Cat to Use the Litter Box

A cat has strong instincts to hide its biological waste and therefore most cats get the concept of a litterbox very quickly. At the start of the training process ensure to take the cat to the litter box location after naps and meals. Wait a few minutes or until the cat relives himself. If he does then have a treat ready to give to him and show him lots of love and praise. You should do this until it gets used to the idea even if it means confining it there.  Encourage your cat to use the litter box and give treats if it co-operates.

If your cat is using another place to relieve itself, you can transfer some of the solid waste and urine into the litter box. The scent of the waste will draw the cat there for further relieving. Ensure to clean the other places the cat used for relieving itself with liquid vinegar or an enzymatic cleaner to remove the scent. When the cat gets used to the litter container, you should then clean the box as the cat will eventually start to detest a dirty place.  

Why the Cat Urinates in the House

Sometimes you may find the cat is not following the training and is urinating anywhere and anyhow. The possible reasons for that are:

  • Cat health problems including bladder stones/blockage, urinary tract infection, and feline interstitial cystitis.
  • The cat can feel threatened by a new cat or new people in the house. In that case, it urinates to mark its territory. 
  • Urine scent can send the cat to that place where it had peed before  
  • The cat is not neutered

How to Stop Cat Weeing Inside 

After knowing what’s causing the odd behavior, try the following tips. 

  • Remove all the traces of scent from where it urinated or deny full access. Use an enzymatic cleaner or any other suitable cleanser to remove the scent. 
  • If it’s a new cat in the house, give each its litter box. That may stop the aggression shown through haphazard urination. 
  • If it’s a new person, baby, or another change, give the cat some time to adjust  Moving the cat to a new location might cause big changes to its life. It can even react to another cat’s odors scent making it aggressive.
  • Make sure to remove all cents from the new home to avoid the cat marking its territory. 
  • Neuter the cat. 

If you house train a cat well and ensure all problems as mentioned above are solved, you will develop a cordial and  rewarding relationship.

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