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How to teach a kitten to use the sandbox

Most kittens already know how to use the sanitary tray when they arrive at their new home, because they learn it from their mother by imitation. Now, if you see that your kitten begins to sniff, scratch or crouch in a corner, you should put it delicately in the sanitary tray as many times as necessary.

HOW TO TEACH A CAT TO GO TO THE BATHROOM?

It is important not to give the cat any excuse not to use the hygienic tray. That is why you must keep it clean and place it where your kitten prefers. It is very important that you are far from food and water, in an accessible but relatively intimate place. Avoid damp and dark places, remote rooms, areas where there is a noisy washing machine or those that are close to places of passage. Some more tips to teach the cat to use the toilet are:

- Place the tray in an intimate place, away from food and water.

- Avoid dark, humid places with a lot of passage or noise.

Choose a type of tray that your kitten can use comfortably. If necessary, during the first weeks you can improvise one, using a shallow disposable container and later you will teach your cat to use the sandbox.

As cats are extremely careful, they tend to meticulously cover their needs once they are fulfilled. Hence the importance of leaning over a tray deep enough to prevent cats from dispersing the toilet bed when they scratch it, and large enough so that they can take a full turn inside.

In the market there are open and other closed trays. If your kitty is shy and notes that he prefers to enjoy his privacy alone, buy him a covered tray equipped with a carbon filter to limit unpleasant odors. In this way, you will also prevent absorbent sand from spreading across the ground.

Regarding the types of sand, cats prefer one that is compact and binder. We recommend you try TIDY CATS ®, a brand of binder sand patented by Nestlé PURINA ®. It has granules longer and rounder than those of a common clay, which maximize the result of the product because they capture moisture. It has a great absorbent power to neutralize odors, gives off a mild aroma and is free of dust.

Fill the tray to the depth recommended by the sand manufacturer (about 7 cms). Once used, remove the solid waste with the help of a shovel, leaving the rest of absorbent sand clean and dry. When you change the sand, you must empty the tray completely and clean it with hot water and detergent. Avoid disinfectants because some are toxic to cats.

HOW TO PREPARE THE TRAY

  1. Fill the tray with sand to about 7cm deep.
  2. Once used, remove the waste with a shovel.
  3. When you change the sand do it completely and clean the tray with water.

Never leave your cat indoors without a sanitary tray. If your cat retains urine for long periods, crystals may begin to form, causing cystitis.

If your cat urinates out of its tray, it can be a physical problem, such as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), a painful and potentially fatal problem, if the passage of urine is blocked.

Some of the signs of FLUTD are: going to the tray frequently, the presence of spots, dark or reddish urine, urine spots on the floor, cries of anguish or excessive cleaning of the genital parts. Whenever you suspect any health problem of your kitten, you should go to the veterinarian.

Finally, if you have more than one cat, put a tray for each one, plus a supplementary tray. Place them in quiet corners, little frequented and easily accessible.

And above all, if you are pregnant, do not handle dirty sand at the risk of toxoplasmosis.

The veterinarian Roger Catalán Bravo gives some advice to prevent cats from leaving their "mark" throughout the house

Posted in Castellbisbal, Barcelona the 21.11.2017 11:34:20 at Veterinaria, Pets

By nature, kittens like to make their needs on the ground or in the sand. If they are offered a litter box, they will use it without problems, either because they learn it from their mother or by instinct. Now, in some cases, kittens are reluctant to make their needs in their sandbox, and measures must be taken to prevent them from leaving their "mark" throughout the house.

It is important not to give the cat any excuse not to use the hygienic tray. Therefore, you should keep it clean and place it where your kitty prefers. It is very important that you are far from food and water, in an accessible, but relatively intimate place. Avoid damp and dark places, remote rooms, areas where there is a noisy washing machine or those that are close to places of passage, ”he says Roger Catalán Bravo, veterinary advisor of Purina ONE.

The expert also offers a list of recommendations for quick and efficient adaptation to the sandbox:

  • Choose a type of tray that your kitten can use comfortably. If necessary, during the first weeks you can improvise one, using a shallow disposable container, and later, you will learn how to use the sandbox.
  • As cats are extremely careful, they tend to meticulously cover their needs once they are fulfilled. Therefore, it is very important to acquire a tray deep enough as to prevent them from dispersing the toilet bed when they scratch it, and large enough so that they can make a complete turn inside.
  • If the kitten is shy and prefers to enjoy his privacy alone, we must offer a covered tray equipped with a carbon filter to limit unpleasant odors. In this way, it will also prevent the absorbent sand from spreading on the ground.
  • Regarding the types of sand, cats prefer one that is compact and binder. I recommend TIDY CATS®, from Purina, a patented binder sand brand. It has longer and round granules that maximize the result of the product because they capture moisture. It has a great absorbent power to neutralize odors, gives off a mild aroma and is free of dust.
  • The tray must be filled to the depth recommended by the sand manufacturer (about 8-10 cm). Once used, solid waste should be removed with the help of a shovel, leaving the rest of absorbent sand clean and dry.
  • When the sand is changed, the tray must be completely emptied and cleaned with hot water and detergent. You also have to avoid disinfectants because some are toxic to cats.
  • Finally, if you have more than one cat, it is advisable to put a tray for each one, plus a supplementary tray. Place them in quiet corners, little frequented and easily accessible.

The doctor Roger Catalan Bravo He also advises never leaving a cat indoors without a sanitary tray. If the cat retains urine for long periods, crystals may begin to form, causing cystitis.

In addition, the expert warns that, if the cat urinates out of its tray, “it can be a physical problem, such as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), a painful and potentially fatal problem, if the passage of the urine".

Some of the signs of FLUTD are: going to the tray frequently, the presence of spots, dark or reddish urine, urine stains on the floor, cries of anguish or excessive cleaning of the intimate parts. "Before any of these symptoms it is important to go immediately to the veterinarian," he concludes Catalan Bravo.

My cat still doesn't use the sandbox

Sometimes the innate tendency of the cat to use the sandbox does not manifest itself, but this should not worry us, we can solve it using simple tricks:

  • Once we have located the sandbox, we must show it to our cat and remove the sand by hand.
  • If the cat has urinated or defecated outside its sandbox but somewhere that is acceptable and meets the same location conditions as its box, a practical and easy solution is to change the sandbox.
  • If the cat is going to evacuate or urinate in a place that is not suitable, we should take it gently and take it running to the sandbox so that it is associated with that it is the place where it should be done.
  • The first days we must be less strict with the hygiene of the sandbox so that the cat can easily detect the smell of its trail and go back to its box.
  • In the case of puppy cats that have not yet gone to the sandbox alone, we must place it inside the box when they wake up and after meals, taking their paw gently and inviting them to dig.

Each time the cat uses the sandbox we must use the positive reinforcement to reward your successes and facilitate their habituation.

If the cat still does not use the sandbox.

In the event that we have used the advice shown above and the cat still does not use the sandbox still exceeding 4 weeks of age (when he begins to develop his instinct), the best we can do is go to the vet so that it performs a complete exploration and can thus rule out the presence of any disease.

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