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If you need further cat litter box training help, then you've reached the spot. I'm not a behaviorist or a vet but with over 11 happy cats in my immediate family, you tend to pick up some tips and ideas along the way.

While cats are naturally inclined to use the litter box, some will require a little more "extra attention" in this department.

Here are some simple cat litter box training steps to take to have a more harmonious household.

5 Easy Steps to Cat Litter Box Training

1. Choose the right kitty litter

Cats are very fickle creatures and finding the right litter that your furry friend likes can be a daunting task. Keep in mind that their little paw pads are very sensitive to touch. Most cats prefer litter that is soft to the touch and dislike anything that is too rough.

2. Make the box easily accessible

Kittens: One of the biggest mistakes many new cat owners make whilte cat litter box training is to purchase a litter box that is too large. Young kittens need to find the task of using the litter box simple and not like a great big adventure. Imagine the challenge of climbing over a great big box when they are very small.

It should not be a voyage to the top of Mount Everest.
Buy a small box for ease of use to suit your kitten.

Adults: Remember to keep the litter box in an area that can be reached easily and most of all comfortably. Cats should not have to climb a flight of stairs to reach their litter box.

If you live in a two story home be sure you have a litter box on each level.

3. Limit your cat to just one room

If your cat or kitten is urinating and leaving presents all over the house then restrict her to just one room until she learns how to use her box. This is especially important while kitten training.

When you first bring her home you need to make sure she knows where her litter box is and doesn't mistake your new rug for her bathroom.

So, it's best to keep your cat or kitten in a spare room. Or even better, put her in a room that has tile and not carpet.

If she does have any accidents you can easily clean them up and not have to worry about ruining your rugs.

Removing Urine Odors

Read up on a very effective way to clean up cat urine odor here.

In her room, be sure to give her everything she needs including her bowls of food and water. Put the food and water in one corner and her litter box in another. Try not to have her litter box too close to the food and water as this is very confusing.

Cats, like humans, don't like to eat or drink where they use the bathroom. They are likely to reject one of them.

It just isn't natural or sanitary for that matter.

And of course.. please visit your kitty as often as possible, she is not being punished but retrained. Once she's used to using the litter pan consistently, she's free to roam the house.

4. Learn to retrain your cat when an accident happens

If you've followed the above steps and your kitten or cat is still having accidents, first, clean up the mess. If it's urine, soak it up and use a good enzymatic cleanser to get rid of any lingering urine odor. If it's poop, pick it up and place it in her litter box. Leave it there long enough for her to inspect and be aware that this is where it belongs.

5. Be Patient

This is easier said than done when your little feline friend is peeing all over you home, but please remember she is depending on you to solve the problem.

If you've followed the steps above and they have not helped please review the cat litter training page for more information and troubleshooting info.

Sadly, cat litter box training problems are probably the number one reason why many poor cats end up in animal shelters.

Your cat is trying to tell you something. Let's get to the bottom of it and end litter box problems for good.

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