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Mary (mepom) -
Subject: OT---transitioning outdoor cat to inside
Date Posted: 11/12/2014 2:46 PM ET
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This may be the most off topic ever. I have a 15-16 yo female cat (rescue). She prefers outside, but will spend nights inside this winter. I just bought the BREEZE litter box. Neither Ms Kitty nor I have ever used a litter box. Any suggestions for our maiden voyage? She cries & goes to door OR USES DOG PIDDLE PADS OR MY HOUSE PLANTS. We need help, please. My friends said, "just put it down & she will use it."     I have only tried once,but she ran to door.

 Thanks, Ms. Kitty & Mary

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 5:17 PM ET
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I've never trained a cat - they always go on instinct.  However, what I'd suggest is shutting the door with Ms. Kitty and the litterbox in a bathroom or utility room (something with a vinyl/tile floor) for a few hours and then see if she gets the hang of it.

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 7:57 PM ET
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I used to put them in a litter box and kind of scratch their paws in it and that seemed to do the trick! Bless your heart though Mary for rescuing that baby!



Last Edited on: 11/12/14 7:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/13/2014 7:26 AM ET
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My indoor/outdoor cat only uses the litter box when he has no other choice ... he vastly prefers his outdoor time. I let him out when he asks to go out & then back in when he's ready. 

I did find this article, Mimi, that may have some ideas for you.

http://lovemeow.com/2009/09/how-to-train-a-stray-cat-to-use-a-litter-box/

Kelly

 

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 11/13/2014 2:06 PM ET
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thanks all. 

Date Posted: 11/13/2014 2:34 PM ET
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It's not my cat, but I'm sure Mary will find the information helpful Kelly :) Thank you!

Date Posted: 11/13/2014 4:50 PM ET
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I've not tried this technique myself, but my parents had good luck with putting some of the cat's poop (take it from your plants or whatever) in the new litter box -- apparently that familiar smell tells them 'this is the spot!'.

You may also need to experiment with different litters, particularly if you're using something highly scented, or with large grains (i.e. the wheat litter, etc.)  Basic, unscented clumping litter seems to be the most common favorite.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 11/13/2014 7:44 PM ET
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Any cat I've owned has always been instinctive towards using the litter box. Even my dearly departed Misfit, who was a tiny bit of a feral kitten lost the in the big warehouse at work knew what to do - although she was scratching around pooping in the bags of stucco mix. That's how we knew she was there and needed rescuing. 

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 11/14/2014 2:34 PM ET
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Thanks for all of the kind help. Last night was not successful, but I am still trying. She spent the night outside, but is peacefully napping inside now. wink

Mary (mepom) -
Subject: TOUCHDOWN
Date Posted: 12/6/2014 4:57 PM ET
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Ms Kitty has successfully used HER BOX. The leaves and dirt from outside added to box, did the trick. 

THANKS ALL. IT TAKES A VILLAGE. cheeky

Date Posted: 12/6/2014 10:12 PM ET
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Yay! Good job,Miss Kitty!