Tips for training your cat

(WTNH) — Cats are independent pets. However, patience is still required when training your feline friend. Michelle Douglas of The Refined Canine and Sally Bahner from ExclusivelyCats shares some tips to help your cat use the litter box.

Many litter box set-ups are for the convenience of the human, not the cat, hidden in basements, covered up, and filled with highly scented litter. The rule of the thumb is one box per cat, plus one box.
 
Out-of-litter box problems have many causes. There are many solutions, so you have to play detective.
 
Cats do not pee out of the box out of spite.
 
First, check for physical causes. Is there straining? Repeat visits to the box? Blood in the urine? Urinary tract infections are common, so a visit to your veterinarian is the first step..
 
Check kitty dynamics if there’s more than one cat. Is the cat being bullied in the box? The box should be placed in an area with easy access and escape.
 
Fixes
 
– Keep the box clean! You can never scoop too often.
–  Schedule a veterinarian visit.
 
– Add an extra box or two; some cats like to urinate in one and defecate in another.
 
– Uncovered boxes preferred; they’re less likely to retain odors.
 
– Avoid heavily scented litters; cats have sensitive noses.
 
– Avoid busy, noisy traffic areas; cats like privacy, but need an escape route.

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