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lorna lewis
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posted 11-30-2003 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lorna lewis     Edit/Delete Message
At what age can kittens be expected to start going to the toilet outside and not needing a litter tray and how do you train them to do this.

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posted 12-01-2003 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
I have always had indoor/outdoor cats. However, I live in an ideal area to feel that my cat is safe. Also, my cat has to be in the house at night(no exceptions). He's always close by and because he is treated like a King he is very good about coming in every night.

The reason I mentioned this is to ask you how safe is the area in which you live and how old is/are your kitten(s)?

I've had my cat since he was 3 weeks old. I didn't let him outside by himself until he was about 6 months old. I would take him into the garden about three times a day to play. He became very familiar with the entire garden at an early age. I would watch him the entire time. He thought going to the bathroom outside was better than the litter box.

I only leave the litter box outside during the day. However, I always bring it in at night, just in case he needs to use it.

So, if you plan on letting your kitten(s) be indoor/outdoor you don't need to train them to go to the bathroom outside. They will just do it on their own. However, I don't suggest leaving your cat(s) outside at night for many reasons.

I would wait till your kitten(s) are at least 6 months of age, before you let them wander about on their own. In the meantime you can take them outside and watch them explore with you there. You'll find that they will often find a good place to go to the bathroom on their own. Then when they are older install a cat door for the day, but bring them in at night (and close the cat door), also bring in the litter box (if you don't like it inside during the day).

If you need help on how to get your cat(s) inside at night let me know.

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