Ever wonder how to get your cat to use the litter box in your new home? After all, it is probably one of the most challenging things you would teach your cat. A new environment will greatly stress your cat – she will be assaulted with new sights and smells, and it will take some time before she settles in.
So if you’re moving to a new home, remember that there will be animals in your household that will be terrified and stressed when they about to settle in a new environment.
If you are stressed before finally relocating, imagine how the move will make your pets feel.
- Give your feline friend anti-anxiety medications before moving to your new house. This will calm her a little bit somehow.
- Before you come in and settle in your new home, go ahead and unpack your things first. Just imagine your cat walking into a never-before-seen living room with a new smell she couldn’t recognize. If your cat is stressed, it will be hard for you as a cat parent to get her to come out of her shell. This will be somehow managed if your put your old stuff first, before letting your cat in.
- Confine your cat for awhile with all her toys, food bowl and water bowl in one room. Don’t forget to put some of your old clothes in there to remind her of you. Cats will need some time before she explores the entire house, start with one room first. Do this for 2 weeks.
- When you let your cat out of the room, do keep an eye on her and make sure there’s security in place so she wouldn’t flee easily. It would be hard for you to get her back once she goes missing. Have her micro chipped or put a tag around her for emergency.
How To Get Your Cat To Use The Litter Box In Your New Home
- If possible, stick to her old litter box because your cat is already familiar with it. You can place it in her room along with her food and toys so she wouldn’t have a hard time finding it.
- If your cat urinates in places other than her litter box, spray it with a solution like Rocco & Roxie Odor Eliminator. It breaks down the enzymes that come with the urine so your cat can no longer smell any trace of her urine after cleaning.
- If your cat has a new litter box, place it in a quiet place where she’s undisturbed when she eliminates. Put some of her old feces in her new litter box so she would get the cue.
- After every meal, bring your cat to her new litter box and let her poop or pee there. Praise her or give her treats whenever she does it successfully. Your praises and treats will motivate your cat, and she will associate the link between using the litter box with pleasurable behavior.
- If you live in a multi-story home, don’t forget to have a litter box for every floor for your cat so she could easily poop or pee no matter where she is.
1. Be patient with your cat, especially during the first few weeks of your training. Your cat is probably more stressed than you are when you moved to your new home. So, imagine not being able to speak those frustrations. Cats are a creature of habit, so even if you are training her again, but this time, to settle in your new home, just remember that cats can be trained no matter the age, but be patient so your efforts are worth it.
- Let her explore the house in her own terms. Their independence aside, cats have their own personalities so don’t be surprised if you see your cat wandering cautiously or hiding under the sofa the next. You can only do so much when you’re introducing your new home to her. So, if she still doesn’t want to go out of the sofa after coaxing her, let her be and let her come out of her own terms.
- Make sure you know every part of in and out of your house. For cats that like to explore, one misstep and you could lose her forever. It will be even more complicated to find her because you barely know anybody in the neighborhood yet, and worse, your cat might have gone to a different person! As a cat parent, you must know every part of your house inside and out. Not only that, put some security in place so she wouldn’t get lost. For example, your backyard has no fence, and its vast landscape would lead your cat places she doesn’t know. To prevent her from going missing, put some microchip or a tag around her neck with your name and address. Also, have high fences built around your property.
- Be attentive to her actions. You don’t have to follow your cat wherever she goes, but at least keep an eye on her and make sure you know where she is. If she’s looking to eliminate, immediately bring her to the litter box and praise her when she’s done.
1. Don’t punish your cat whenever she makes a mistake. Most of us would get frustrated at first at the sight of cat poop or at the smell of cat urine on our carpet. While the initial reaction is understandable, that doesn’t mean you should take that anger out on your cat. If your cat happens to eliminate somewhere other than the litter box, it’s possible she has a health problem, or she doesn’t like the litter box.
- Don’t stick to just one litter box. Training your cat to use the litter box is one long, tedious (yet rewarding) process, and if you were able to successfully train your feline friend before, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should stick to the same litter box your cat has been using before. A cat’s body is changing, and because of health problems, she may not like her litter box anymore. Or, the litter box is no longer working well and no longer clean. So the solution to this would have to be to buy another litter box. In fact, you might end up buying multiple litter boxes just to find whichever your cat likes best.
Moving to a new home is a challenge, especially if you have cats. Cats are creatures of habit, so it will take awhile for them to adapt a new routine, including using a litter box.