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Cat Toilet Training: How to Litter Box Train a Cat

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Sometimes, the problems faced by cat owners have nothing to do with spraying or urination but rather with cat toilet training. Rather, cats can face issues regarding deposits of solid waste.

Similarly to above, it is vital to check your cat for medical issues if this is becoming a regular problem. Multiple medical conditions affect the bowel movements of cats, including everything from parasites to more serious and life-threatening diseases. Although it is important not to panic immediately when you notice a change in your cat’s stool – very often there is no serious problem at all!

Cat Toilet Training: Possible Problems

Cat Toilet Training is important for you and your catLong-haired cats often have problems passing stool because it can get stuck to their fur, which then falls off when your cat is out of the box and roaming around your house. When this doesn’t come off naturally, cats are known to groom themselves to clean it off – again it may then be left around your house on the floor.

Because of these and other issues, cats with longer hair need to be groomed and brushed every day – if the stool issue becomes a big or regular problem it may be necessary to trim or cut the hair around their back legs and hindquarters. This can reduce the risk of infection as well if fecal matter regularly gets caught there.

Risk of Constipation

Constipation is another problem faced by cats. This condition is common for cats because of how much hair they ingest while they groom themselves. However, if it is an ongoing or particularly difficult case, your cat can learn to associate the litter box with pain or discomfort when passing stool, reducing their willingness to use the box in future. Conversely, diarrhea generates similar problems because of pain or an urgent need to go.

It can be helpful to bring your vet a fresh stool sample from your cat so they can properly analyze it for problems. The vet will be able to test for parasites and importantly for worms. Cats of all ages run the risk of contracting worms because of time they spend outside of the house hunting. If your cat is diagnosed with worms, it is best to use a veterinarian-prescribed deworming product than over-the-counter medications as your vet will know which is the safest and most effective treatment.

Correcting your Cat’s Behavior

After you have checked your cat for any medical conditions, you can move on to looking to correct your cat’s behavior for the cat toilet training. The way in which you clean the litter box is critical to whether your cat is happy and comfortable using it – this issue is even more important when talking about your cat’s bowel movements, given this requires them to spend a longer time in the litter box.

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Litter Box Issues

Sometimes cats have problems with the type of litter you are using.Boxes that have covers and lids are sometimes unpleasant for cats – bowel movement require cats to adopt a much more upright posture than urination, which can make the litter box uncomfortably small and interfere with your cat’s positioning. Regarding cat toilet training it is far better for your cat to have an open and clean litter box that is safe and comfortable for your cat, that is also placed in the right location as discussed above.

To complicate matters, it can happen that a cat will just refuse to defecate in the same box as the one in which they urinate, no matter how clean you keep the box or where you put it. Adding a second litter box close to the original can solve this problem.

In a household that owns more than one cat, these cats can exhibit a behavior called maddening. This is when a cat with mark a spot with its feces, and usually occurs outside as they are meant to be seen from a distance by other cats who might encroach on territory. Tensions and animosity between cats in a household can encourage this behavior, in which case the only effective solution is to seek to improve the relationship and bond between your cats. More litter boxes may also help, but the key is to make all of the cats feel secure in their home.

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4 Comments

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    Anita 11. May 2017 (9:51)

    Dear Isabelle,

    thank you for putting all the info together. I think I need to bring my little Tiger to the vet, her stool problems seem to take forever.

    Love, Anita

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      Isabelle 11. May 2017 (11:44)

      Hi Anita,

      it is always a good idea to take your kitty to the vet if you are unsure what could be the reason. I hope you find a solution soon!

      Best, Isa

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    Belle 23. April 2017 (3:10)

    It took me weeks to finally get my kitty to properly use the box. Thank god all the peeing stopped now.

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      Isabelle 11. May 2017 (11:39)

      I know how annoying this behavior can be. I had to go through it myself some time ago.
      Glad you found a way!

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