Cats are probably the most popular Pets in the world. Despite the fact that they have a high cleanliness, a person has to make some efforts so that the animal does not cause discomfort when living together in an apartment. Usually cats are taught to go to the tray, starting from childhood, from their parents, when the young ones imitate already trained adults. However, if you take a kitten at a young age, or it is not from a cattery, most likely, there will be problems with training.
It is worth saying that it is better to start this process in childhood, when animals form habits much faster. The optimal age to start training is 1.5 months. And you should do it in the designated place. Raising an adult animal is somewhat more difficult, and the problem largely depends on the habits acquired during life. In this article, we will tell you how to make the process of getting used to the tray more calm for both the cat and the owner.
Features of taming a kitten to the tray
The easiest way to tame a kitten to the tray is to follow the following guidelines::
limit your kitten’s mobility by locking it in a room or small enclosure;
periodically put your pet on the tray to get used to the surface of the filler.;
give your pet plenty of free time on a tray or toilet seat;
the kitten should get used to it and start playing on the filler;
at the end of the previous stage, start periodically raking movements with the kitten’s hind legs while it is on the sand;
leave things soaked in the pet’s smell on the tray;
try to keep track of feeding periods, kittens often go to the tray 20-30 minutes after eating. If you follow the feeding schedule can be used to predict trips to the bathroom.
If the previous methods don’t work, you can use a professional method for extracting analyses. You will need a little heated water and a sanitary swab. Try moistening the walls of the anal opening or vulva to cause the release of waste products. To begin the process of dewrinkle male need to apply a few drops of liquid on the prepuce.
If the kitten comes down in the wrong place, carefully remove waste products and get rid of the smell.
How do I choose the right tray and space for it?
A problem when taming a kitten to the tray can be the presence of noise near the toilet. Cats in the wild are predatory animals, so their stealth and silence are at the level of instincts. A place for the tray should be chosen in a separate room, not far from the area where the pet prefers to rest.
Often, the kitten begins to look for a quiet place to relieve itself on its own. Therefore, it is worth observing its behavior. If necessary, teach him to dig a hole in the sand or wood filler.
As soon as the kitten begins to get used to the location of the tray, it is worth slightly increasing its size, so that as it grows up, the substrate does not end up on the floor, and you do not have to clean it too often. This may frighten the kitten.
Training a kitten can be time-consuming. It is important to be patient and not try to scold or slap the animal. After the first successful attempt, you should develop a conditioned reflex in your pet by giving the animal a small treat. However, you should not give him your favorite food every time, because he may require it after all trips to the toilet.
There are several types of trays, and the choice largely depends on the color of the animal. For example, white, purebred cats are more likely to use open toilets that do not cling to the smell. The choice of tray should also be based on the standards and sizes of adults. Do not buy closed trays for Maine coons and Siberian cats, they will be too crowded.
The choice of filler
There are a huge number of different fillers on the market, including mineral, wood, corn and even synthetic fillers. They are suitable for cats, so you will have to choose based on the preferences of the animal. Try to buy a minimum volume of several types, and depending on which filler the kitten will be more willing to play on, and then go to the toilet, make a choice in favor of one of the fillers.
Choose the least dust formulations so as not to irritate the sensitive mucous membranes of the nose of the animal. Otherwise, the kitten may refuse to use it. For the same reason, you should not take the first filler that has a strong smell.
As soon as your pet gets used to its ideal filler, it is not necessary to conduct experiments and change it. This can lead to new problems with going to the tray.
In addition, to teach a kitten how to use the tray, it is important to avoid finding other places to cope with the need. Cats are very clean animals, so they will prefer not to use a wet filler with a bright unpleasant smell.
You need to wash the tray regularly to get rid of the lingering smell. To do this, use a regular cleaning agent, but do not choose formulations with a strong aroma.
Plus, experts advise not to be lazy and change the filler absolutely every day. Although the frequency also depends on the type of filler, so be sure to read the recommendations on the package.
If you have the most common plastic tray at home, it is best to wash it with hot water and soap, and change it to a new one once a year. This is due to the fact that plastic absorbs odors very well.