How to Train a Cat to Use the Litter Box

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Training a cat to use the litter box is often an easy task, as many cats will take rapidly to using a litter box when it is presented to them. Use any preference of litter in a shallow box with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet health.

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Let's talk about how to litter train a cat. That's actually fairly easy for most cats. Cats that are living outside are going to use gardens and soil, sand and things like that that they can dig into to cover their feces and to cover their urine. So, in the house, when bringing a cat in that's new to a house and new to an environment like that, the easiest way to litter train them is to actually just offer it to them. Litters come in different forms, clumping versus clay litters. So, what you can do is use a little shallow box and go ahead and put litter in it. Cats become very curious of these things. You can also take a little urine or a little stool that they've dropped somewhere or if you know they've done outside and go ahead and put that in the litter box. It's generally not a difficult thing to litter train cats because, again, they generally will take to it very readily. They by instinct know that this is something that they can get in and dig their feet into and use to cover their feces. So, cats typically will jump right in these things. You also can decide whether to do a hood or not. Hoods, on litter boxes, sometimes, provide a little bit more shelter and some cats feel more secure in them. Just offer a cat the litter box and the litter and they usually will take to it. So, again, it's usually very easy to get a cat to use the litter box. Just offer them a type of litter, show them that it's okay to get in there, and they'll usually take to it very readily.

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