CAT CARE-The Litter Box


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One of the biggest drawbacks for some cat owners is the litter box.  Not only do you have to clean it, but you also have to teach your kitten to use it. 


It is usually fairly easy to teach your kitten to use a litter box.  The most important thing is that you put it in the place you want it and leave it there.  You also need to keep it clean so that they wonít decide to use the carpet instead.  A litter box should also not be kept near food bowls or water, as cats like to keep these areas clean.


Once you find the right place for the litter box, you will need to teach the cat what the litter box is for.  Begin by placing the cat in the box and raking your fingers through the litter.  Your cat may quickly decide that they need to use it right away.  If they hop out, play with them a few minutes and then place them back in the box.  Repeat the process several times, but try not to overdo it. 


After your cat eats, you will want to wait for about 10 to 15 minutes and then place them in the litter box.  If they use it, then you will want to praise them.  If your cat is taking a nap, watch the cat and place him in the litter box when he wakes up. 


If your cat has an accident, you donít want to scold them.  They will only become frustrated or angry.  Instead place the litter box in the area the cat tends to have accidents and encourage the cat to use it.  Once they get in the habit, they should start to use it regularly.  If the cat stops, try cleaning it.  If it is not dirty, have the vet check him out for a bladder infection or other health problem. 


There are several litter box designs that make it easier to keep the litter box clean.  The hooded type is best for cats that want their privacy.  It is also good for those who kick and make a lot of dust.  There are also removable lines that help you in cleaning the litter box.  Simply lift out the whole liner and discard it.  Another popular litter box is the design that is self-cleaning.  These are best for multiple family cats.  The litter box automatically cleans itself after each use.  You then empty the container the soiled litter is discarded in.