It is a natural instinct of a cat to hide
its waist so for this reason it should be quit straight
forward to train a kitten to use a litter tray. Make it easy
for small kittens by using a tray with low sides for it to
climb in and out. Placing your kitten directly in the tray
straight after meals will help him get used to it. Scratch
the tray with your finger to give him the idea. Keep
returning the kitten to the tray if they start to go on the
floor until they understand. Kittens also know instinctively
not to go near their feeding area so keep the tray well away
from where they feed and most importantly keep the tray
clean. Avoid using clumping clay litter for kittens that are
very young as they may eat it and suffer serious or even
fatal digestive problems.
Litter Box Problems.
The first thing you need to rule out if your Ragdoll cat
develops litter box problems is a possible medical
condition. A visit to your local veterinarian should
establish this. Once you have the all clear you can start to
consider a behavioural problem.
This is a simple thing but is often overlooked. A Ragdoll
cat will not use a dirty litter tray so cleaning the tray
more often could cure the problem. Kittens have very acute
sense of smell and heavily perfumed litter can overwhelm
your Ragdoll kitten, if you think this is a possibility
consider changing to a different brand of litter.
Remove Urine Scent.
If your kitten uses the same spot regularly try and remove
the smell of urine from that area, the scent of urine can be
a trigger to a kitten to go in that spot. A proprietary pet
urine cleaner should help remove it and if possible block
access to that area completely until the problem is
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Possible Stress Causes.
Observe your Ragdoll closely to see if there are any stress
factors in your cats life. Possible causes are:
- Other animals
- Changes in routine
- Strangers in the house
- The neighbours dog
- Territory Disputes
Territory disputes with other pets in the
house are a common problem. If the problem cat is lower in
the hierarchy the top cat may be preventing it from
accessing the tray in its territory. To remedy this
introduce more than one litter tray in different areas of
You may not realise this but in your busy lifestyle you
could be neglecting your Ragdoll cat. Cats need interaction
and could be using your floor as toilet as a cry for
attention. Try to have a regular playtime with your Ragdoll
each day and you might cure the problem.