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Training you cat to use a litter box

For the most part, learning to use a litter box is instinctive for cats; however sometimes they may need a little extra coaching along the way. The following are some tips to help you train your cat to using a litter box successfully.

Place your cat in the litter box after every nap, meal, play session or any other time your cat appears inclined to relieve itself

While litter box training try leaving a small amount of waste in the litter box so the scent can act as a reminder to your cat as to what the box is for

Find a good location - away from high traffic areas; preferably somewhere your cat can access at any time of day/night

Do not place the litter box near your cats food or water

Never punish your cat for having an accident outside the litter box. Instead I recommend firmly saying NO and then placing your cat in their litter box and praising them. This way they will begin to associate positive reinforcement with the litter box as opposed to negative associations.

If you have multiple cats, you should have multiple litter boxes. Like us, cats want their privacy too

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