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would he learn the new place of his litter box?

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I was keeping Jake in my bedroom when no one is home because he was too little and I was afraid of what might happen ..I am thinking he is old enough to get complete freedom now. He is going to be 4 months old in 2 days..So- do I have to worry about me moving his litter box and him not finding it?? I will move it from my bedroom to like one of the bathrooms.. I am a little paranoid when it comes to litter box issues, that is the one behavioral problem that I dread....What should I do to make the transition smooth?
post #2 of 8
I have changed litter boxes around numerous times, with no problem... I would move it, and take him to the place you moved it to, and place him into it. He will take it from there . You can also have an additional box elsewhere, and when he starts using it, you remove the one in your room...
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With a guy that little i'd definitey move is slowly not abruptly. Move it about 2-3 feet at a time--it might seem like a lot but you want him to use and know where it is.

Picture him as a 3 year old potty training, they always use the bathroom in the same spot and then one day the run to potty and the potty isn't where it used to be--they waited until the last minute, they dont' have time to look for where it is now, they're just gonna go where it used to be.

I moved my boys from the kitchen to the basement, they are connected, the move took a full 3 weeks, I wanted to be fully sure they knew it was now in the basement. We went from the original spot, to right next to the door, to the landing of the steps, to the bottom of the steps, to their permanant position about 6 feet from the bottom of the steps. No accidents or problems, when it was moved I always showed them where it was, but it could be seen from the old position. Jack was about 10 months old by that point and Harley was 14 months.

Leslie
post #4 of 8
If its not being moved too far, just move it and take him to it and place him in it. He should be fine.

If its far away across the house, move it slowly. It might be a good idea to just leave the one in your room, and get another for the bathroom. Just in case you get another cat youll need two boxes
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Originally Posted by Meowers View Post
If its not being moved too far, just move it and take him to it and place him in it. He should be fine.

If its far away across the house, move it slowly. It might be a good idea to just leave the one in your room, and get another for the bathroom. Just in case you get another cat youll need two boxes
I'm going to try that again at first. Last time I tried this he ignored the second litter box and always went where he usually does- the one in my bedroom. Lol I think he is so used to it being there that even if there is another one somewhere in the house, he can't make the right connection in his brain that he can use it too...I will try to show him and if he ignores it i will move the box in my bedroom slowly towards the bathroom. It's just across the hallway anyway it's not a huge distance.
post #6 of 8
ive changed before with no problems, i would just take them and put them in the box to show them where it was
post #7 of 8
What I have found will work is putting them in the room with the litter box, and leaving them in there (with food and water) for a few hours.

One trick is to make sure it isn't clean when you move it. That way, he can follow his nose, too.
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What I have found will work is putting them in the room with the litter box, and leaving them in there (with food and water) for a few hours.

One trick is to make sure it isn't clean when you move it. That way, he can follow his nose, too.
That sounds like a really good idea, thanks!
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