Furry felines are naturally very clean creatures… perhaps one aspect that you have already heard or read about the nature of these beautiful creatures.
Litter training fits right in place with this natural behavior and helps to develop this cleanliness instinct even more.
If this is your first time teaching your cat a specific task, then it may seem to be a bit of a challenge. Still, with the right information and knowledge, you will ultimately find this activity is a very worthwhile task. Trust me, it is definitely worth the time investment.
Not really sure what to do or even how to get started?
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of pet training resources available which you can get to help in your journey towards successful cat training.
Let’s look at a few of the basic guidelines.
Experts suggest that the litter box should be placed in a quiet, clean and easily accessible area or location. Be sure that it is in an area that is less disturbing for your cat. It should also be very accessible so that when the need arises, your cat can readily use it to take care of business.
One way to introduce the idea is by gently raking your cat’s paws on the litter itself to help her understand the purpose and method of cleaning up after she is finished.
It is best to clean a cat’s litter box daily. Think about it for a moment… as we discussed earlier, felines are extremely clean creatures, so you want to foster that cleanliness. One way to accomplish this is by keeping their area clean. In doing so, you will simply be reinforcing this natural tendency. Between changing it, you can also thoroughly wash the litter box with vinegar and water solution to help with the odor. Baking soda can also be added.
Do take note of one very important rule in teaching your pet, and that is, do not place the litter box anywhere near your cat’s food or water. These animals do not want to do their business where they enjoy their food. It is a basic fact… I mean really… would you?
In case your feline buddy misses the designated spot, be sure to clean it immediately with a water-vinegar solution. You need to do this to help to get rid of the odor and prevent the same thing happening in the area again… because if you leave traces of the odor in that spot, your cat will begin to assign that spot with their potty area.
One cardinal rule when training your cat is to never punish her for having an accident in another area that is not the expected box.
Striking your pet or rubbing her nose in the “business”, will not teach her. Cats respond much better to positive reinforcement, so it is better to frequently praise your kitty when she finds the litter box and uses it appropriately as opposed to the negative reinforcement of punishment.
While it might seem like a bit of work at first to teach your cat, litter training is one thing that is definitely worth the time and effort.
Source by Mary Joyce