How To Train Your Cat To Use The Toilet
Here's a step by side guide on how to train your cat to use the toilet. Learn how the different types of tray and litter can affect the success of toilet training your cat and what you can do.
Hi, my name is Karen. I'm one of the vets at Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity. And I'm going to talk to you today about some aspects of cat care.
I'm going to talk to you today about how to train your cat to use the toilet. By this, we mean using a litter tray inside the home. Indoor cats absolutely will need to have a litter tray inside the home so they could go to the toilet safely.
But even outdoor cats may benefit from having the option of using a tray inside too. There are lots of options on toilet training cats. The most important thing to remember is, what does a cat need when they're going to the loo? Cats can be quite picky about where they go to the toilet.
They learn from their mothers when they're kittens as to what's normal or what's safe when going to the toilet. So the kind of things that they use or were used to then could be the kind of things that they like later on in life. Cats prefer places to be private and quiet and sometimes hidden as well.
They certainly like their toileting places to be clean. So it's really important to keep their toileting facilities as clean as you possibly can. Some cats prefer to go into buildings like cupboard, loose trays like this.
They may feel more secure in this kind of thing. Although other cats prefer them to be open because they feel that with just one between each exit, it could be a bit limiting. Some cats prefer the litter or the stuff that they go into to be really deep so you may need a deep sided tray like this one.
However, other cats prefer to be a little bit easier access especially older cats or kittens or ones that don't have such good mobility, they may need a sort of sided tray so they can get in and out easily. As to what kind of cat litter you use, cats again can be quite fussy about this and they go from what they've learned as kittens. We've got here three different kinds of cat litter.
The idea is that we're trying to mimic what a cat would do in the wild. And cats in the wild prefer sort of dry sandy kind of soil, like this kind of stuff, to go to the toilet in. However, it depends what your cat was used to as to what they prefer.
A good idea when you're toilet training your cat is to give them options of all different kinds of substrate and litters and kinds of trays to go in so you can see what they prefer to do. If you're toilet training your kitten, it's a good idea to pop them into the tray and encourage them to use it after feeding as that's the time when they're most likely to need to go. If toilet training has become a problem in your home and if your cat was okay and has since become not, there could be a problem or reason for that.
So it's really important to consult your vet to make sure your cat is healthy and fine. If it checks out fine, then it maybe an emotional or stress related reason why it's having problems toileting. So you may need to look at issues around the home as to why it's doing that.
Encouraging it to use the tray is really important. But punishing your cat for bad toileting behavior is neither going to help, especially if it's an emotional reason why it's doing it. Sometimes it can only exacerbate the problem.
Cats can be quite fastidious about the cleanliness of their toilet, so it's important to keep it as clean as you can. And some cats don't like to share with others either. So it's really important if you got multiple cats, sometimes you need to provide multiple toileting opportunities for them, some in different parts of the house.
Even for older cat or one with limited mobility, if you've got stairs in your home, again, you may need to have multiple trays in different areas of the home so they can access them easily. If you want any more information on the subject, log on to cats.org.