Establishing the relationship you and your cat can either fall into place very easily or take more patience from you and time depending on how you go about training your cat.
I'm not talking about how to train your kitten to rollover or sit. I'm talking about setting boundaries for your kitten or cat; like stopping him from jumping on the table or swinging on the curtains or making sure he is using a scratching post instead of your sofa. It's about getting him to use the litter box instead of the inside of your closet or your best cozy comforter!
As cat owners, it is our responsibility to make sure our cats understand what we will and we won't put up with. By setting your boundaries you are showing him that you rank #1.
So how are you going to do that? It's common sense really... Reward your cat when he is doing something you want him to do, however there should not be a reward if he's doing something he shouldn't be doing.
Cat house training iis one of the first steps that will help you and your cat be on your way to understanding the boundaries in your relationship.
When most people see a wet spot on the floor their initial reaction is to go and get their cat, take him to the litter box and hold him down. Some people even rub the cat's nose in the mess! Cat training in this manner is just not acceptable, and most likely will have a bad impact on the cat. If a cat is punished like this, he will associate the punishment with his litter box and avoid using it altogether. He also could get upset or anxious and lash out at you.
The best way to deal with cat house training is to put him in a space that will contain him and where it is large enough for him to roam a it and have his litter box available. This small containment area is just until he gets the idea that this is where he needs to do his business!
For quick results during cat house training, it is best to put him in his litter box about 10 - 20 minutes after he eats. You may want to rake the litter around for him a little bit, in clean litter of course! This helps to give him the idea of what he is supposed to be doing. Although this usually comes naturally to most cats, there are the occasional few that need a little bit of help.
If your cat jumps out of the box, that's OK. This is just a reminder for him to let him know it's still there. When you see him using the litter box, praise him by petting him a lot, talking to him and giving him a little piece of his favorite treat. If he has an accident on the floor, don't yell at him just ignore him. Clean up the mess thoroughly to remove any remnants of urine or feces odor that would attract him to do it there again. With little patience and a good reward system it won't take him long to master the concept of using his litter box.