Litter Tray (getting rid)

February 3, 2007 10:10am CST
My kitten is now 6mths old and is going outside now, she has had all her injections and been spayed. I have let her out a few times and closed the door but the minute she comes back in she goes straight to the litter tray. How do I get her to do her business outside?
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5 responses
• United States
5 Feb 07
You are better off leaving the litter box available to the cat. It doesn't matter if they go outside or not. My cat will go outside for a bit, but come inside. She uses her litter box when inside.
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• Singapore
3 Feb 07
try removing the litter tray altogether. That way she will figure she has to go outside if she really needs to go
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@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
5 Feb 07
As long as she's using the litter box inside, KEEP it there! I don't think you can train a cat to just go outside. Sounds like she has good manners now --I wouldn't mess with her!
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
5 Feb 07
The cat will go outside if it wants to. You can't train a cat necessarily. They need to be able to scratch, it's in their nature. If you let them go outside, are you going to clean up after them? They end up going in children's sandboxes, and playgrounds because they can scratch there and cover up their stuff. That's what cat's do. And again, if they are inside, say at night, or during the winter when it is too cold to be outside, they need to be able to go inside. And some cats just are not comfortable going outside.
@teenal (970)
• Ireland
5 Feb 07
I agree with mbarryton here. I had cats for a long time and this is how I trained them. Leave the tray nearer and nearer the door and eventually outside the door. After a few weeks you can take it away altogether. The cat will cry to go out if it needs to after a day or two once it knows the tray is out there. Good luck.
@mbarryton (1873)
• United States
5 Feb 07
a neat trick my mom used when she wanted her cats to start going outside and use the bathrooms was, each day she would move the litter box a little closer to the door and eventually out onto the porch and down to the ground. yes it does take alot but it really helped. i think if you try that you will start seeing better results