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Shae Killey3 years ago

Townsville cat owners, don't be left with a mess

Does your cat have a knack for avoiding the litter box, then read on closely. If you don't want to be left with unpleasant surprises all over the house, it's important you start litter training your kitten from a young age. However, it's not going to happen overnight! You need to be persistent with your pets, without getting frustrated. At first, a litter box may seem a little foreign to your cat, so give them time to get used to it. Whether you've just adopted a little kitten or you're trying to teach an old cat a new trick, we've got a great how-to guide when it comes to litter training your four-legged friend.

Keep it clean

Making sure you’re regularly cleaning your cat’s litter box is key if you want to have a cooperative kitty. While a litter box is no sanctuary at the best of times, if it’s too dirty your cat will start looking for other places around the house.


Stick to one brand of litter

If you’re having no luck litter training your cat with a particular brand of litter, it might be time to try something else. Once you’ve had a bit of success, don’t change the brand as cats are picky and this could deter them.


Praise is key

Put the litter box along with your precious kitty in a small room in the house – usually bathrooms are best, as they are small and tiled – and make sure there is plenty of food and water. After each hour, check on them to see if they have correctly used the litter box. If so, praise them and let them out for some playtime. If not, do not pay any further attention to them and leave them in there (checking every hour) until they get it.


Still not using the litter box?

While persistence is key, it’s important to recognise when something might be wrong.

Health issues

If your kitty is avoiding the litter box it could be due to an underlying medical issue that is yet to be diagnosed. Take them to your local Townsville vet and ensure they don’t have a urinary infection, worms or kidney issues.

Strange behaviour

If your cat is stressed due to changes in its environment – i.e. a new house, people or pets – not going to the toilet could be a sign of acting out. If this sounds familiar, seek professional advice from a Townsville vet.


Need a vet?

If you’re kitty is avoiding the litter box it might be time to take them to a vet for a check-up and a discussion. We’ve done our research and found a couple of the best vets in Townsville to take your kitty.

Hammett Street Veterinary Surgery

One satisfied customer, Hammett Street Veterinary Surgery - Townsville
One satisfied customer, Hammett Street Veterinary Surgery – Townsville

With more than 25 years’ combined industry experience, the team at Hammett Street Veterinary Surgery have seen it all before. If your cat is acting strangely or refusing to use the litter box, have one of the qualified veterinarians take a closer look. Located in Currajong, book your kitty in at Hammet Street Veterinary surgery if you want caring service and professional advice.
Where: 7/37 Hammett St Currajong QLD


Tropical Queensland Cat Clinic

Quality advice and treatments, Tropical Queensland Cat Clinic - Townsville
Quality advice and treatments, Tropical Queensland Cat Clinic – Townsville

If you’re after a vet who specialises in treating felines, bring your furry friend down to the Tropical Queensland Cat Clinic today. Not only will they be happy to help with any litter related queries, but they also offer services like desexing, ultrasounds, endoscoping, as well as general consultations and advice. Whether your cat’s due for a general check-up or you’re worried about a recent change in their behaviour, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at Tropical Queensland Cat Clinic.
Where: 5 Jones St Townsville City QLD


Want to know how to keep your Townsville pet tick free? Click here for a guide to avoiding and eliminating ticks on your furry friends.

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