How to train a cat to relieve itself

Cat in the sandbox

If the cat can boast of anything, it is that it is a very clean animal, so much so that it will never relieve itself outside the tray unless the litter is dirty or it is not in good health. So, it is relatively easy to teach him to use it, since normally your own instinct will be the one that guides you.

Even so, it may happen that you need a little help, especially if you are very young, so if you need to know how to train a cat to relieve itself, follow these tips for your furry to learn where his bathroom is particular.

Buy what you need

To teach a cat to use its litter box it is important to first buy what you will need, which is:

  • Sand tray: it has to be big. Although the cat is small now, in a short time it will grow so much that it will need a litter in which it can move well. If it's very tall, you can always attach a piece of plywood as a ramp.
  • Sand: For the feline, it is highly recommended to use one that does not have dust, such as silica or vegetable binder, since the dust can irritate the lungs. You have more information about arenas in this other article.
  • Scooper: It's very important. It will allow you to easily collect excrement and urine.

Teach your cat to use the tray

Now that you have it all follow this step by step:

  1. The first thing you have to do is fill the tray with sand.
  2. Then choose the place where you want it to be. It is important that it be a room with little traffic and quiet, such as the bathroom itself.
    It should not be placed in the laundry room or near your feeder, otherwise you will feel very uncomfortable and may choose to relieve yourself elsewhere.
  3. As soon as you get home, place it on the sand and leave it there to get used to the touch. Leave it there for a few minutes.
  4. After you've eaten, take it back. With your hand, dig a bit to make it imitate you. You may need to repeat this several times a day, but with patience you will get him to learn what the purpose of the tray is.
  5. Praise him. Give her cat treats, petting, and be happy and cheerful.
  6. Finally, she collects her stool to keep her litter clean each day, and thoroughly cleans the tray once a week with warm soapy water. Don't forget to remove all the foam and dry it well.
Cat tray

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Sooner rather than later he will learn to use his tray, you'll see 😉.

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  1.   rosaline said

    I have four one-month-old kittens. I don't know what to feed them or if they can be given milk?

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hi Rosalin.
      With a month they can already eat wet food (cans) for kittens, well chopped.
      They should not be given milk as most cats do not tolerate it and it can make them sick.
      A greeting.