More often than not, our habits with our pets determine their reactions to situations. When we establish rules and regulations, and exhibit dominance, our pets learn to respect us as decision makers. Therefore, we need to be responsible and responsive to the needs of our pets.
With cats, we get to witness animals with some of their basest instincts still intact. Cats are always wild, no matter the breed, shape, or color. The degrees to which they exercise their wildness depends on the type of cat. Knowing what makes them feel safe increases their trust in you, and that’s how bonding grows.
The word ‘Acclimatization’ in this context means to get your animals accustomed to their environment and everything in it. While changing litter types to a good litter boxes with self cleaner, it is required to be done in gradual stages. Although there are very few cats that can accept a sudden change, most felines will rebel against it.
Some common tips to get your cat to start accepting the new litter box or litter granules, is to keep two trays side by side. One which is her old box with the litter they are used to and the other with the new box/litter. As the boxes are close to each other, the animals get familiar with the scents and learn to trust that the new material is harmless.
By and by, reduce the quantity of litter in the old box. This will urge your pets to head towards the new one and use it more frequently. Towards the end, you can completely remove the old box from the location, and your cats would have been completely acclimatized.
Study their behavior
Each breed of cat is different. And within each breed, each specimen is different. Sometimes, kittens from the same litter have behaviors which are polar opposites. Males of any species are generally creatures that assert dominance. Females are aggressive if their young are threatened. Therefore, studying the individual characteristics of your cats is quintessential.
When picking up your new family member from the shelter, make sure that your behavior, temperament, and nature, compliment that of the animal you are planning to adopt. If behavior matching is not done, you will inevitably have stressful animals to deal with. A scared animal will try to ascertain his or her territory by scent marking or leaving lumps outside of the litter box.
To make sure you don’t face too many adaptability issues give your cat a place of her own. Being able to identify her territory, and litter box in that territory will encourage positive behavior in the cat.
Resident cats in your house view their territory as theirs and yours. It’s only fair that you look at things from their point of view. They have lived and spread their scent throughout your home. They are familiar with the layout of the residence and they know where to find their food and their litter box. When a newcomer is introduced, everything can shift in balance.
The newcomer could be a permanent residence to the household, like a new baby, or a new pet. Or it can be a visiting relative or animal. Whatever the case, it may cause changes in the household. For example, some people might be allergic to cat hair or the dust kicked up by the litter. Hence, it would need to be moved. This could upset what your cat has been used to. Retaliation could be from annoying, such as going outside the box, or more serious in terms of a trip to the emergency room.
To avoid these unsavory episodes, proper socialization of animals to the newcomers is essential to maintain decorum and peace in the household.
The hints offered above are but the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to avoiding problems with your cats. Make sure to thoroughly research litter types, cat behavior, nutrition, and health to make any new transitions as stress free as possible to yourself and your beloved cats.