You can teach a kitten to the tray in 1 day if you prepare your home to receive a new pet. It is important to properly position the personal belongings of the pet in the apartment so that it can easily find the tray. For the success of the event, the age and health of the baby are important. Let's understand in more detail how to train a kitten to a tray.
What preparations should be done in the apartment before the kitten
It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or in a house, if a decision is made to have a kitten, the dwelling must be prepared and converted to fit the needs of a new family member.
All preparations are preferably carried out before the kitten moves to a new house. As practice shows, many people get cats by chance, picking up a kitten on the street. In this case, it is better to seek help from family members or acquaintances in order to equip the conditions as quickly as possible.
To teach a new pet to "toilet discipline" the following (minimum) set is required:
- Separate, stable, voluminous bowls for food and water.
- Sleeping place - in the pet store you can buy a sunbed or make a shelter for the pet from improvised means.
- Scratching post - not catastrophic if the accessory is purchased within
the first week the kitten stays in the house. If you have sheltered an adult cat or kitten older than 4 months, it is advisable to buy a claw-tip immediately.
- Convenient spacious tray and filler for it.
- Shovel for cleaning the tray.
- Moisture-absorbing diapers.
- Special sprays for accustoming to the tray and for scaring away the cat, in case it goes to the toilet in the wrong place.
- Goodies for the cat.
The last component of this list is patience and free time. Further, everything will depend on the individual preferences of the pet. If the kitten is more than 1.5-2 months old, you are very likely to teach it to the tray in 1 day.
Choosing a kitten tray and filler
For the kitten to go into the tray, the accessory must meet all the requirements. The most common cat tray model is a rectangular one, open with or without a net.
Such models are suitable for kittens of any age. The only caveat is the height of the side. Monthly kittens are not physically able to get into a tray with high sides. In this case, it is better to start by buying a small tray, and as the pet grows, replace it with a deep one.
For planted kittens, especially those who lived in a shelter or on the street, it is better to purchase a tray with a lid. The problem is that the cat will ignore the tray if it does not feel safe. The lid hides the pet from prying eyes and allows it to feel more comfortable. If you notice that the cat is afraid of a tray with a lid, it can be removed.
When choosing a tray, pay attention to its bottom. The bottom should be strong, not flexible. When you put the tray on the floor - it should not stagger. Some models have rubber foot nozzles to prevent the tray from slipping. If the kitten goes into the tray and feels that it is staggering, most likely, it will ignore it.
Tip: at the first stages of accustoming to the tray, it is better to avoid models with automatic cleaning, automatic mixing or irrigation functions of sand.
As a filler, you can use sand, pressed sawdust, silica gel and soil. Ordinary flower soil will be a more comfortable filler for the cat, which was picked up on the street.
- As practice shows, kittens who lived in the house prefer filler in the form of sand more - it is convenient to dig it.
- You can switch to a filler in the form of pressed sawdust after it gets used to walking on sand or soil.
- Silica gel is the most expensive, but at the same time, the most convenient filler, which absorbs odor and moisture, does not stick to its paws and does not create a feeling of unsteadiness.
Location of the tray in the apartment
The next important step is the correct location of the tray in the home. You can be sure that the kitten will ignore the tray if it stands in a passable and troubled place. To empty the intestines and bladder, the cat takes a non-natural pause for it, therefore, it feels more vulnerable.
For the first time, it is recommended to place one tray in each room that is accessible to the pet. If you already have cats, you need to purchase additional trays so that animals do not have to divide the territory.
Instructions: how to teach a kitten to the tray in 1 day
If you are ready to devote the first day to raising a kitten, most likely you will succeed. It is important to understand that you will spend this whole day looking at a new pet. In order to accustom to the tray in 1 day, you need to control how the kitten eats, sleeps, where it goes, what it plays with, and intervention in activity is permissible only if absolutely necessary.
Once you have brought the kitten home, place it on the floor near the tray. Most likely he will not pay special attention to the accessory, quickly sniff it and begin to study the territory.
As soon as the baby makes the first few laps of the house and gets to the kitchen, he will ask you to eat. Do not feed the kitten snacks ahead of time, offer him food or boiled minced meat. As soon as the baby eats and drinks, do not take your eyes off it!
Depending on the age of the kitten, within 5-30 minutes, he will feel the urge to urinate or empty the intestines. The kid will give himself out as anxiety, torsion in place and attempts to dig the floor.
Have you noticed something like this? Quickly pick up your pet and carry it in the tray. Put the kitten on the filler and wait. If the baby jumps out of the tray, patiently return it to its place.
Tip: so that the baby understands that the filler can be dug, gently grab its paws and sweep the sand.
Such a monotonous lesson can last from 20 minutes to an hour. As soon as the kitten comes down to the tray, portray an indescribable delight, be sure to praise the baby with a treat and pick it up in your hands. However, do not rush with praise, wait until the kitten digs the stool into the filler and the tray comes out on its own.
What to do if you did not keep track, and the kitten went to the toilet in the wrong place? In no case do not scold the pet, hide all emotions and wait until the kitten moves aside.
If the kitten has emptied his intestines, remove the feces with toilet paper and wipe the floor with a piece of moisture-absorbing diaper. If the baby made a puddle, it must be covered with a diaper until all urine is absorbed.
A soiled diaper will become a guide for the pet. Cut a piece of dirty diaper and put it in the tray. Again, watch the pet and wait until it starts to fuss and do the whole above algorithm - take it to the tray, wait for the result, praise.
Alternative to Express Learning
What will happen if you do not have time to accustom the kitten to the tray on time? Will your personal items suffer? Will there be a smell in the apartment that is difficult to remove? Perhaps one of your relatives is categorically against the new pet just because he can walk past the tray?
Absolutely all kittens are individual and learn at different speeds. If you spend a whole new day on a new member of the family, he is very likely to remember that you only need to go to the litter box. However, kittens up to 4 months of age may not be able to control their urination.. If you are not ready to take risks, you should use the alternative.
Indifferent people live in each city, who pick up animals from the street, treat and attach them to new homes. Turning to volunteers who save animals, you can choose a pet that is already accustomed to the tray, clawpot and a certain type of diet. In addition, instead of a kitten, you can take an adult or a grown-up cat, while observing which the temperament of the future pet becomes clear.