What place is suitable for the tray?
One of the priorities that arises with the advent of the cat in the house – the formation of a pet habit to defend the need in the tray. Sometimes this does not require any effort from the owner, but in some cases it will be useful to understand some aspects of the behavior and maturation of the cat.
If the kitten was taken from the nursery, then it will not be difficult to accustom him to the tray: this skill has already been instilled in him by his mother. It will be enough to ask the breeder for some filler from the tray to which the kitten went to the nursery to use it at the new place. Then the animal will quickly understand what is required of it. Much more difficult is the case with the kittens, which are picked up on the street or early taken away from the mother.
When to teach a kitten to the tray?
The individuality of the animal and its basic skills are formed from two to seven weeks after birth. This time the owner should use with maximum benefit.
How to teach a kitten to go to the tray?
Individual animals understand everything at once, and then no special efforts on the part of the owner will be required. But in most cases, things are not so easy. It is worthwhile to prepare in advance for the consolidation of new healthy habits in a kitten to take some time.
The first problem that the owner must eliminate is the stress that the pet is experiencing from the move. Therefore, it is reasonable at first to place it in a small room and put a tray there.
After the kitten has eaten, it should be carried to the tray, after gently massaging the belly. Over time, the pet will understand what he should do in this place, especially in cats, the urge to relieve is usually observed after eating.
What to avoid?
If the kitten does its business in the wrong place, do not scold him, because he will conclude that he was not punished for the wrong place, but for the action itself. If this happens, he may start to defecate in secret, for example, by hiding behind a cupboard. It would be much more effective to just talk to him in a stern voice, but in no case should you beat him and poke his nose in the puddle.
Best of all, if it is a secluded corner where no one will disturb the cat. Watching the pet, you can see which places he loves the most. Perhaps one of them is just right for the tray. When the kitten gets used to walking into it, you can gradually move the toilet in the right direction.
If he chose a place that does not suit the owner, then you need to carry out a thorough cleaning, remove all odors and put a bowl of food and water there. Due to its cleanliness, the cat will not be able to relieve the need next to its own “canteen”.
To draw the animal’s attention to the tray, you can experiment with fillers. Having sent the pet after the meal to the tray, try to rustle the filler – it may be of interest to the kitten.
But even if you see rapid progress, do not forget that the habits of cats finally form only by six months. Therefore, do not flatter yourself with the good behavior of your pet and do not give him complete freedom in the house.