7 Hacks to Get Your Cat to Use the Litter Box

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One of the best things about having a cat is their high capacity for house training.

  Long before most puppies can master the concept of where they should do their thing, kittens are heading reliably to their litter box, making life more pleasant and easier for everyone in the household.

 This might be the case for some. However, for some people, getting their cat to use the litter box seems an exhausting challenge. So, how do you get her to actually like doing it?

Here are seven hacks you should try:

  • Get The Right Number Of Litter Boxes
    Try to offer your cat enough litter boxes to do her thing. Most experts will agree on this especially if you have more than one cat in your home. This is to avoid territorial disputes among cats and making sure that each cat has their own litter box for themselves.
  • Think About The Location
    You need to place the litter boxes somewhere it is easily accessible and has low traffics. If you put the litter box in a place that is constantly occupied, then the cat will not use it. Also, if a cat needs to walk past on your Doberman’s favorite sleeping spot in order to get to the box, then she would just go somewhere safer.
    And, an older cat might not be able to climb up and down the stairs without challenge, so you might want to place a box on each level of your home.
  • Do Not Place The Litter Box Near His Food
    By nature, cats keep their elimination away from their nests as far as possible in order to keep predators away from their living space. And since cats will not eliminate where they eat, the cat litter which is too close to his food bowl will most likely not get used. It is a common sense: You would not eat somewhere near a bathroom now, would you?
  • Make Sure That Your Cat Fits In His Litter Box
    The litter box needs to be large enough in order to accommodate your cat’s entire body. If her hind legs stick out when he is inside, he will either not use it or his aim will be directed to the floor. This is the same for kittens and smaller cats. Get a box that is small and easy for them to exit and enter, then change it as the kittens grow. As for senior, they need a box they can easily climb in and out.
  • Clean The Litter Box Often
    Scooping and cleaning the litter boxes frequently will encourage your kitty to use them. Try to scoop the box at least two times a day or whenever they use it. Empty the box once a month and wash it with hot water and enzyme-killing products. Air dry the boxes, then refill them with clean and fresh litter. As a result, your house will also smell fresh and clean. 
  • Consider Getting Litter Boxes With And Without Lids
    Get the type of litter box that your cat prefers. Even though you might want a litter box with a lid in order to contain odor and spillage, your cat might want the wide open space of a no-lid box for quick exits and easy entry. Still, some cats prefer the privacy which a lid can provide, particularly if there are some cat bullies in your home who like to pick on him when he is doing his thing. Try to offer both types in order to see which one your cat prefers.
  • Choose A Cat Litter That Is Easy On The Toes
    If your cat does not like how the litter feels on his paws, then she most definitely won’t use it. There are some types of kitty litter that are too hard on their tender paws, particularly for declawed cats. Litters with find textured sandlike pieces are much easier on the paws that those large, chunky pieces usually with sharp edges.
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