How to Train Your Cat to Use the Litter Box

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To help your new cat adjust, limit their space to one room with easy-to-clean floors and a nearby litter box. This aids familiarity and adjustment.

Limit Space

To help your cat distinguish where to go, add some natural matter like soil, leaves, or twigs to their litter box. Even a little goes a long way!

Add Outdoor Matter

Cats instinctively hide when they use the litter box. To ease them into a new environment, make them feel protected with a private, noise-free space.

Make Sure the Box is Privatized

Introduce your cat to the litter box by letting them explore and sniff around. Once they realize it's a desirable spot, they'll likely start using it.

Let the Kitty Sniff Around

To litter train a stray cat, place them in the box after waking up or eating. Routine feedings work better to time when they need to go.

After meals, offer the litter box

Praising and rewarding your cat after using the litter box is key. Avoid negative punishment and show positive reinforcement for good behavior.

Give Praise and Treats

As your cat gets litter trained, expand their home access gradually. Provide multiple litter boxes in different areas of the house for easy access.

Have More Than One Box

Pellet-based litters are good for cat training. They are scentless, natural, encourage covering up, low-tracking, and non-clumping.

Choose a Pellet Litter

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