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Cat House Training Tricks

A kitten can be a wonderful addition to the right household, bringing with him an exuberant playfulness that resembles that of a young child. Depending on the situation, however, even the sweetest kitten can have some trouble with cat house training. Though most cats are extremely easy to house-train, there can be some real problems that leave you scratching your head, holding your nose and reaching for the household cleansers! While there are many reasons why a kitten or cat has trouble with house-training, there are some tips that can help with any problems.

Cats are creatures of habit, and their behavior can deteriorate badly if things that they relied upon have changed. Stress can play a part in house-training accidents, especially if the change is as significant as having been moved to a new home. There are several things you can do to mitigate this disruption. If at all possible, make sure that the move is the most stressful thing your cat has to deal with. Whether you have adopted a cat or kitten, it will be worthwhile to find out what sort of litter box set-up they were using before, if any. Keep their litter the same. In the case of a kitten, make sure that the litter-box is one with sides that are low enough that they can get in and out of it easily. For some kittens, house-training can be as easy as placing them in the litter-box a few times and making them aware of the texture of the litter.

To reinforce good litter-box behavior in a kitten, keep an eye on it, noting when it stops playing and start scratching at the floor or nosing around. When it does this, place it in the litter-box. When the kitten has behaved well, reward it with plenty of attention and praise.

There are a number of reasons why a kitten might balk at using its litter box. First look for any sources of change. Has the box been moved, or has the litter changed? If so, you may wish to change back, if at all possible. Another reason may be that the litter has not been changed recently enough. Cats can be quite sensitive to this condition and may reject the box until it has been thoroughly cleaned.

In the case of house-training problems, it may also be worth examining other members of the household, human or feline. Cats can bully each other sometimes, and the stress can result in all sorts of undesirable behavior. Similarly, if you have added someone new to the household, your cat can become annoyed or jealous. When steps have been taken to introduce and reconcile parties involved, it may also take care of the house training problems.

Keep in mind that using a litter box tends to come very naturally to cats, and if your cat has prolonged issues, it may be time to see a veterinarian. For the most part, however, if you keep these cat house training tips in mind, your kitten’s arrival to your home will be sweet and trouble-free!

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This post was written by OCH_Assistant on March 22, 2012

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