Cat Litter training is easier if you keep your kitty's needs in mind while gathering supplies. This include a litter box, cat litter, cleaning supplies and any other items that may be needed. If cats are kept inside, make sure the litter box location is indoors. You should also consider the size of your kitty. Recommended size for a kitten's litter box is about 13 by 9 inches. Older cats will need full size while a smaller one for kittens.
You should also know whether to buy them a covered or an uncovered litter box. Both of these have their own advantages and disadvantages which you'll need to compare to your cat's likes and dislikes. Covered litter boxes will give your cat some privacy but traps the odors inside while uncovered litter boxes are recommended for multi-cat households since cats may feel nervous about being attacked after coming out of the litter box or even inside it. It is cat's nature that they don't want to get caught or feel trapped in an enclosed area especially if they know there are other cats lurking around the litter box. Plus, the odors won't be trapped inside. Imagine if you have 2-3 cats taking turns using the a covered litter box, that must trap a lot of odors inside! In the end of the day, this will depend on your cat's preference so may want to try both if you still seem confused.
There are many different types of cat litter available, from inexpensive non-clumping clay to high-end, eco-friendly versions made from materials including pine pellets, recycled newspaper, and even wheat. While some cats aren't particular about the type of litter you use, others are extremely picky and will refuse to use it if they don't like the texture or fragrance. The most effective method is to start with a non-scented, clumping litter and then change it up if you want to try something different.
Cats usually like to do their business in privacy so having a litter scoop or scooper is important if you want quick and easy clean-up. For the best results, the litter scoop should be capable of digging deep into the pan without scratching away at the bottom layer where odors accumulate most easily.
For cleaning supplies, always try to use an enzymatic cleaner when it comes to cat litter which helps cover up smell of toilet accidents and maintaining odor control around the house. Also, keeping your cat litter box smelling fresh is another vital element when training cats properly. You can try using baking soda, lemon juice or other natural deodorizers to help keep the area clean and free of unwanted smells. This will help neutralize any odor rather than masking it with fragrances that may upset kitty's sensitive nose.
You can also buy a back up toys and treats incase needed for rewarding your kitty. You can use these to create a positive association which is key for the success of your cat's litter training!