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Once upon a time ago, a litter of 5 kittens were born. Their first human was very overwhelmed and wasn’t sure how to raise such young ones, so I took two of those adorable orange kittens into our home. I brought them home(at just 4 weeks old because their Mom wasn’t experienced in raising kittens), and spoiled them like crazy. Since they were so young(one should never adopt kittens so young without having the experience of raising kittens and excellent medical care available), it was up to me to litter train these two boys. After lots of trial and error, we ended up with litter box success! It wasn’t always easy, so I am sharing tips to help promote litter box success.
Oh, here are those troublemakers shortly after we brought them home:
At a mere 7 weeks, they were already geared up for mischief. Appropriate since we named them after Fred & George Weasley from the Harry Potter books. Through it all, we learned a great deal about what it takes to have litter box success, and I am happy to share it with all my readers.
Easy Tips To Help Promote Litter Box Success:
*Have patience! Litter training a new kitten takes time and more time and even more time. You will have accidents, but before you know it, your cat will be a litter box pro.
*Have the right tools. Having the right equipment for your cats is paramount to litter box success! While the right size litter box is important(as is the number of litter boxes to have in your home), having the right litter can make all the difference. For our home, it is Purina® TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter. A litter mat and good scooping tools are a must as well.
*A little privacy, please. Just like we want our privacy when we “do our business”, so do our cats. Set up an area away from traffic, but is easily accessible to your cat(s). Remember to show them were it is several times per day.
*Don’t forget to get a little dirty. Cats learn by example. When training our boys, I used my fingers to show them how to dig and cover. It didn’t take long for them to catch on. (And always remember to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards). Normally Mom teaches them this, so it was up to us to show them the way.
*Reward good behavior. What do you do when you catch your cat using the litter box correctly? Reward them with a treat or a fun new toy! I had so much fun in the aisle at Target picking out toys. Yes, my cats are almost 2 now, but I still reward their litter box success with new toys. Found these cute fish in the pet aisle at Target when I picked up my litter.
A few don’ts to remember: don’t get discouraged, don’t punish the accidents, and don’t give up! Cats are fast learners once they know what is expected of them.
Fast forward to now. Our cats have adjusted to our home and way of life. Having two cats can be a challenge because double the cats means double the stink. Thankfully Tidy Cats® LightWeight Free & Clean helps us out by being 99.9% dust free, and makes strong clumps for easy clean up! We have 2 boxes in our home(one for each cat), so the 35lb tub really comes in handy. And with unscented litter available that has odor-absorbing activated charcoal and TidyLock protection, it really is the best product for our home.
I love that all of these products are available at our local Target. Makes shopping a breeze since you don’t have to run to another store to get what you need. There are several options available at Target that will allow you to find the ideal litter control for your home.
And I know that you are going to want to run right out and purchase this litter now that you know that you don’t have to make more than one trip, and I love that I can use my Target app to tell me exactly where it is in the store. And you can pick up all your necessary tools right in the same aisle. BONUS!
So there you have it, my BEST tips to promote litter box success. Pets make our homes better and so does Purina® TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter.
What are your best tips for litter box success?