Cats are very clean by nature. But a small kitten, especially if it is torn from its mother, will not always be able to independently learn to relieve itself in the “right place”. Learn how to train a kitten to a tray as quickly as possible. After all, if you do not engage in raising a pet, unexpected "surprises" can wait for the owners in various places.
Does age matter?
Kittens are the same children. Like any baby, a kitten learns everything gradually from its mother. The mother cat, who lives in the apartment, over time, can itself teach its sprayers to walk in the tray. But when the pet is taken away from the parent, the owners will have to deal with its upbringing.
Age matters. It’s best to take a kitten when he is 3 months old., then it will be easier to teach. By this period, the animal already understands the hierarchy of the surrounding creatures and is ready to obey those whom it considers stronger than itself.
The gender of the kitten is not important, and the kitty and cat will master the task quickly, if you act correctly.
Kitten in the house, where to start?
Learning a kitten to a tray begins with three main tasks:
- Select the tray itself.
- The choice of filler.
- The choice of the place where the "toilet" will stand.
Let’s consider all these points in detail.
How to choose a tray
The opinion that a small kitten needs a small tray is wrong. These animals grow very fast.
Trays can be with or without grates. The grate is worn over the filler and allows the pet not to wet the paws. The device is convenient, but there is also a minus – obeying your instinct to dig in the stool, the kitten will constantly cling to the plastic grid with its claws and may even damage them. The practice of "cattle breeders" shows that it is better not to use the grid, but just take a good filler that immediately absorbs moisture.
If the cat is in pain, he will not be able to accustom him to the lattice.
The shape of the container does not matter (there are oval, square, angular), you can accustom to anyone. The protective rim, which is put on the tray from above, will be useful – it will not allow the filler to crumble when your pet carefully removes after himself.
Important! It is necessary to choose a tray for a kitten before a new family member appears in the house. If the purchase of an animal occurred unexpectedly, it is worth purchasing everything you need on the same day.
Which filler to take
Fillers for cat litter are:
- Based on paper and grain waste.
- Silica gel.
Silica gel filler is considered the highest quality, followed by wood. They perfectly absorb moisture and block unpleasant odors. Mineral and clay when wet, seal the paws of seals. “Toilets” based on paper and grain waste are also considered good.
Where to put a tray to quickly train a kitten?
There are two important rules for choosing where the pot will stand:
- It should be kept away from the area where the animal will feed.
- Nothing should prevent the cat from reaching the tray.
Do not put the container in the toilet room with tightly closing doors. Kroha may not have the strength to open such a door and he will do his job anywhere. At least for the first time, it is recommended to find a place on the way to which the "fluffy lump" will not have any barriers.
It is worth choosing an area where it’s calm enough so that the kitten feels comfortable during “important matters”. If you constantly rearrange the pot, it will be much more difficult to train.
The process of accustoming a kitten to a tray
When everything is ready, it’s time to take up the learning process. This should be done immediately, as soon as the kitten appeared in the house. Let him sniff, get comfortable a bit and after a while get down to business.
Stage One – Acquaintance
To teach a little kitten to the tray, you first need to introduce him to the "place". The baby should be carefully placed in a container, let him sniff it. It’s worth taking a paw of an animal and digging it up: for example, a pet at the level of instinct can realize that this is “that very place”.
Stage Two – Observe and Help
From the first time, a small kitten may not understand where to defecate or not to remember a place. But the behavior of the animal can always be understood when it is preparing to lighten. The first day you will have to closely watch your pet. As soon as you notice that the kitten began to fuss, dig in some place (sometimes even just on the bare floor), spin, meow – he is preparing for the “case”. Quickly transfer it to the tray and do not let it get out of it.
The main rule is that you cannot use force (beat, push, poke kitten) and raise your voice. This can cause fear in the animal. From now on, he will associate it with the tray and will be afraid to approach it.
If everything went well and the baby did what is needed, stroke him and say kind words. Approval will help to teach a kitten to go to the tray. Do not remove stool immediately, let the kitten remember the place by smell.
Stage Three – Fix
Even if the cat is already walking in the tray, he can still put a “surprise” in another place. Here it’s already possible to scold a pet, but not much. The "bunch" should be transferred to the filler and transferred to the kitten tray. If this is a puddle, pat it with a napkin and also leave it in the tray for a while.
On average, if everything is done correctly, animals get used to the toilet in 2-3 days.
What can not be done:
- beat a kitten;
- lock in the room as a punishment;
- in punishment to deprive him of food and drink.
Cats have a wayward character and not always everything goes well. It happens that all the conditions are created for a little bully, but he still messes up and he cannot be accustomed. Consider the most common problems.
Kitten ignores the tray, how to teach?
If the kitten does not go to the tray despite the fact that you follow all the recommendations, trying to train him, perhaps he is uncomfortable in this place or does not like the filler. Try moving the container to another room or changing the contents. See if there are any odors nearby that scare away cats (they cannot tolerate any pungent odors, especially citrus fruits).
It’s impossible to have automatic air fresheners and other sources of pleasant aromas, but terrible for cats, next to the cat’s toilet.
Sometimes a kitten spoils where small children wrote (on a carpet, sofa, bed). Do not blame him, he simply acts according to his instincts, guided by the smell. In this case, it is necessary to clean the “marked” place well, otherwise it will be much more difficult to accustom to the pot.
It also happens that a kitten goes to the toilet past the tray.
There may be several reasons for this:
- The sides of the container are too high and it is difficult for him to climb them.
- The pet is still very small and poorly oriented within the boundaries of space.
- He understands that it is a toilet and needs to go here, but he does not like the filler.
Analyze which of the reasons you think is most likely. Perhaps it is worth changing the container, its contents or just waiting for the baby to grow a little older and will better understand where the borders of its toilet end.
How to teach a kitten to the toilet
What could be better when the cat herself goes to the toilet? No need to buy fillers, change them, wash the pots. Accustoming a kitten to the toilet is not an easy process. As long as the pet is small, he will not be able to jump to such a height on his own, and putting him there by force makes no sense – you will not achieve anything but fear from the animal.
The process is worth starting when the cat is 5-6 months old. Do it this way:
- Transfer the tray to the toilet room and place it next to the toilet.
- When the cat has settled down and will calmly go to the toilet in a new place, begin to slowly raise the container. You can put newspapers (magazines, old books) under it or something else. Once a week, increase the height of the container by a few centimeters.
- Having thus brought the container to the level of the toilet bowl, begin to leave it, for example, at night, directly from above: flip the lid with the toilet seat and put the tray in the space. By this time, your pet should already easily climb a raised pot.
- When the cat will calmly walk into the container standing on the toilet, do this: hide the tray at night, throw a small part of the filler into the toilet. In the morning you can return the tray and leave it there for a day. Do this first at night. When you see that the cat is sitting quietly on the toilet, do not return the tray.
Advice! If you brought a kitten into the house, treat it as an equal member of the family. Animals feel people’s emotions, and the more love they receive, the more they obey.
Useful tips on how to quickly train a kitten to the toilet
If you do everything with love and patience, then quickly accustom a kitten to the tray is quite realistic. Most importantly, in the early days to show maximum attention. The stories that cats shit because of revenge on their owners are myths. Animals are devoid of feelings such as thirst for revenge or deep resentment. They may not go there just out of fear or attracted by smell. Provide your pet with comfortable conditions and he will quickly get used to the tray.