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For the most part, kittens learn to use the litter box from their mothers so you may not have to do any litter training for your Burmese cats at all. You will, however, have to make sure that you teach the kitten the location of the litter box and give him some time to get used to it.
When you bring your kitten home, take your kitten to the litter box and place him inside. He may scratch around a little bit or he might jump right out – either is fine. Just keep putting your kitten in the litter box a few times a day for the first few days until he gets used to the location. You should also make sure that it is in a quiet, easy to reach location.
If you have more than one Burmese cat, you should also have more than one litter box. The best rule of thumb to follow is one litter box per cat plus one extra. Some cats do not mind sharing litter boxes but others will refuse to use one that another cat has used. Some cats also use one litter box to urinate and another to defecate. Set up your litter boxes in a quiet, private place that is easy to access. If you have a dog in the house you may need to place the box somewhere he can’t get to it – some dogs will eat clumps out of the litter box.
There are many different types of litter boxes to choose from so you have plenty of options. Just be sure that the box you choose is large enough for your cat to get into and move around in easily.
In terms of the type of litter, most cats prefer fine-textured litter to coarse litter. You should keep about 2 inches of litter in the box at all times and scoop it frequently and refresh it with new litter. It is usually best to keep less litter in the box and to clean it more often than to use a lot of litter. Just be careful not to choose a litter that is too dusty or one that has too much fragrance added to it – these things could aggravate allergies in your Burmese cat.
Here are some quick tips on how to train your cat to use a litter box:
- Place a clean litter box where your cat likes to hang out or in a confined area such as a room in your house, living room corner etc.
- Be sure your cat has plenty of food and clean water.
- It is also effective to put the waste of your cat in its own litter box or at least near it so that it won’t go outside of the box and will be aware of the smell.
- Usually within a day or two of being confined with the litter box the cat will begin to use the box regularly.