If the cat isn’t using the litter box and you’re unsure just what substrate to use, set out a few boxes and offer several choices.
Location of Litter Boxes
Put one box by the door so that when your cat goes near the area in an attempt to get outside for elimination, he’ll see the litter box conveniently located. Place the other box in the area where he spends the most time (but not right near the food).
In some cases, it’s best to confine the cat to a small area of the home until you’re sure he has mastered Litter Box 101.
Be Patient With the Cat
The longer the cat has been used to eliminating exclusively outdoors, the longer it may take for him to get the hang of now using a litter box. Don’t punish him for mistakes or else you’ll create a fear and that will set you back in the training and trust-building process. Instead, make any necessary adjustments in the set-up and the environment to help him succeed.
If you have a question about your cat’s behavior, you can find information in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s health, please contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care.