People with kittens really luck out when it comes to litter training: the mother cat oftentimes fully trains the kittens, all on her own. Even litter training a stray kitten, though more difficult, is a manageable task. But is it possible to litter train an older cat that you take in?
The answer is yes. Cats like to eliminate in litter boxes, so they will naturally gravitate toward that option, if available. With lots of helpful tips and patience, you can train an older cat to use a litter box. Let’s explore the ins and outs of litter training an older cat.
Do Outdoor Cats Need a Litter Box?
Cats who spend all of their time outside do not need a litter box. Since the beginning of its species, outside cats will go dig their own holes in the ground to do their business. It’s only when you bring an outdoor cat indoors (and keep her there) that you need to get a litter box for her.
It might be worth asking yourself one question before you decide to litter train your older cat: do you have the outdoor space to keep your new outdoor cat outside? Though cats can wander off from time to time, they will consistently come back to people who feed them yummy food. It might not be worth the time and energy of litter training if your new cat can comfortably be outside.
Get the Right Tools
By this point, you’ve decided to take on the task of litter training your older cat. You will need to have a few supplies handy before you begin.
How to Litter Train an Older Cat
No Luck? Talk to a Vet
If many weeks go by and the cat you are trying to train still does not choose the litter box to eliminate, it’s time to talk to a vet. Sometimes cats develop medical problems that cause them bladder issues. Your vet can evaluate whether your cat has an issue like this. If nothing else, he or she will be a listening ear and can offer some expert advice on the matter.
Your older cat has been going to the bathroom somewhere his whole life before meeting you. This can make it difficult to get him to go in a new spot. Try adding a new variable to his litter box, one at a time, and eventually you and your cat will find the perfect litter box combination. Of course, be sure to give him lots of praise when he uses the litter box!
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- Do Outdoor Cats Need a Litter Box?
- Get the Right Tools
- How to Litter Train an Older Cat
- No Luck? Talk to a Vet