Cats and litter box training – Part 7

Litter training a cat should not be too difficult in most cases. Cats are naturally drawn to cat litter to “do their thing”. Even cats that are raised out of doors, such as on a farm, are instinctively drawn to areas that are very easy to dig into and then cover their leavings. (parents; if your children have an outdoor sand box and you have cats in the neighborhood, make sure to cover the sand when it is not in use:))

We live in a split level house and have three cats. We keep their litter boxes in the basement. When we got our last kitten, he was so tiny he could barely make it up and down the stairs and even if he did make it down to the regular box, climbing in was very difficult and quite comical. We remedied this by lining a small flat box with a garbage bag (put the box inside the bag to keep things from slipping) and then placed that box inside a taller box with a portion of one side cut down for easy access. We kept the “baby’s box” upstairs where he could easy access it. We then watched our new baby for signs of needing to relieve himself such as suddenly sniffing around like he is hunting something or squatting and promptly placed him in his new “litter box”. He could do his thing and be as messy as he wanted with covering as the taller box sides caught the flying debris. After the first day, the baby was making it into his box 99% of the time on his own.

Once he was able to get down the stairs easily and was able to hop into the regular litter boxes, we started getting him headed to the basement for his needs. We placed “his box” down on the landing for a couple days until he got used to it having been moved, then we placed it downstairs next to the “big kitty’s box”. After he was making it to that location on a regular basis, we removed the baby’s box and he was using the regular litter box like the big boy he was!

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