We have a stray cat, Tim, that comes around our house all the time. We already have 4 cats and my father did not really want another one but did not mind taking care of it outside the house. We feed this cat outside in the summer and during the winter (we live in Montreal and it can get really cold) we bring him in a put him in a crate by our back door and let him in and out whenever he wants to.
We have been doing this for the past year and a half, we originally had a kitty litter in his cage at the beginning of the winter. He never used it, he actually used to sleep in it most of the time. We always thought that maybe it was just that he prefered to go outside and since we always let him out when he started to cry he never had to use kitty litter. More recently he peed in the cage on his bed instead of in the kitty litter, since then we removed it.
I was just wondering if anyone knew how to get a grown cat to start using a kitty litter just incase someone isn't there to let him out right away.
One of our strays wouldn't use the box when he first came to live with us. After doing some research, I plopped him in the box and took his front paws and made digging motions in the litter, like they do themselves. I did it everytime he came in the house; it took about 6 times of consistently doing it and he started to use the box & quit waking us up at night. Hope this helps.
Thanks everyone. My mom tried to do that by using a plastic fork and showing him how to dig with that, didn't seem to work, but we never thought of using his paw. Pope, he has only peed on his bed one time, so I don't know if we can do all of what you suggested. We actually don't have carpet anywhere in the house because no matter how small it is our where it is an animal will always go on that when they need to do anything. ;) Thanks for the help though.
i just went to let tim (the cat) in and he has a big scratch on his elbow and his arm around it is really swollen, about doubled. i want to take him to the vet tomorrow (i'm also going to get him neutered) but until then i was wondering if there was anything that would be good to clean the cut out with. i don't know if its ok to use the same thing i would put on a human's cut? thanks.
Sometimes in the clinic we will get the odd cat that will sleep in his litter, and pee in his water bowl.(No drips anywhere else, always amazes me) Anyway, what I usually do, is put two pans in the cage and take up all the room in the cage. So they end up sleeping in one, and peeing in the other.(Both with litter)
if hes an outside cat or has been for several years-- you might want to try getting some potting mix-- the cheapo stuff-- walmart sells it in 40 pound bags for 1.27 i think. its cheap anyway. Then use that in his box-- gradually very gradually add in the litter you want to use-- do this like you would if you were changing his food-- over a period of weeks even. Eventually he will have no problem going in regular cat litter. Just make sure that you scoop often. Outdoor cats arent used to going to the bathroom in the same place everytime.