The Wonderful World Of Litter Box Training
House-soiling is one of the most common reasons cats are surrendered to animal shelters each year. Fortunately, with a little effort and proper training, this behavior can be changed or avoided altogether. Whether you are bringing home a new kitten or seeking to re-establish proper elimination behavior in an older cat, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital can help!
First Things First
The general rule of thumb when it comes to litter boxes is to have one per cat, plus one extra. The boxes should be easily accessible and located throughout your home.
Speaking of location…
The following tips can help you determine where to place the litter boxes:
Bringing Home A New Kitten
Most cats instinctively eliminate in sand or soil. Your kitten most likely learned about litter boxes by watching his or her mother and probably started using one before joining your family. Even if a kitten doesn’t need “litter box training”, you can help familiarize him or her with the process by:
Troubleshooting For An Older Cat
Even cats that have been using litter boxes for years with no problems can suddenly develop house-soiling issues. If you have followed all of the guidelines listed above for the proper situating of the litter boxes in your home and your cat is still eliminating outside of the litter box, you may need to dig a little deeper to get at the root of the problem.
Cleanliness is key – Ensure that you are removing all waste from the litter boxes on a daily basis. Most cats prefer to eliminate in a clean area and a cat may avoid a dirty litter box altogether.
Medical concerns – Call us to schedule an appointment for your cat. We can help rule out any underlying medical issues that may be contributing to house-soiling.
Physical limitations – Elderly cats or those with certain physical impairments may have trouble getting into and out of certain types of top-entry or high-sided litter boxes. Try switching to an easier access box in these cases.
Stress – Various household events can stress your kitty, leading to elimination problems. Moving, adding new pets or family members, even a change in your daily routine can shake up your cat. Keep things as consistent for your feline friends as possible with structured feeding, watering, and playtime routines.
Questions or concerns? Don’t hesitate to call The Pet Experts of Naperville Animal Hospital!
Planning Your Visit
During our open hours, please call us at 630-355-5300 from the parking lot. You and your pet will both be able to come into the clinic when it is your turn. Please be patient with the busy phones, and there may be a wait, but you will be seen.
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