Stray cats over 6 months can spray. They might mark territory or try to attract a mate. Deterrent sprays can be used, and odor neutralizer can help.
Feline leukemia is a viral infection that can be transmitted through sharing food, mating, and biting, and can wreak havoc on a cat’s immune system. Testing is crucial before sharing spaces.
To help your new cat adjust, limit their space to one room with easy-to-clean floors and a nearby litter box. This aids familiarity and adjustment.
To help your cat distinguish where to go, add some natural matter like soil, leaves, or twigs to their litter box. Even a little goes a long way!
Cats instinctively hide when they use the litter box. To ease them into a new environment, make them feel protected with a private, noise-free space.
Introduce your cat to the litter box by letting them explore and sniff around. Once they realize it's a desirable spot, they'll likely start using it.
To litter train a stray cat, place them in the box after waking up or eating. Routine feedings work better to time when they need to go.
Praising and rewarding your cat after using the litter box is key. Avoid negative punishment and show positive reinforcement for good behavior.
As your cat gets litter trained, expand their home access gradually. Provide multiple litter boxes in different areas of the house for easy access.
Pellet-based litters are good for cat training. They are scentless, natural, encourage covering up, low-tracking, and non-clumping.