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The litter tray

why do my cats come into the house to use their litter tray?!

8 replies

Twonewcats · 22/07/2014 17:26

In their previous home they had NO litter trays, so went out as and when they pleased to do the toilet.
However, we do not have a cat flap, so they can't come and go during the night, but the back door is open for most of every day. However if they are outside, they come back in to use their litter trays instead of doing it outside. WHY?! And does anyone have any tips to encourage them to do it outside?
Thanks Smile

OP posts:
Middleagedmotheroftwo · 22/07/2014 17:31

I'd far prefer to have them shitting in your litter tray than shitting in my back garden thank you very much. Please leave well alone.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine · 22/07/2014 17:33

Agree with previous poster. The fact that you can be reasonably sure that your cats are not shitting all over the neighbourhood is a GOOD thing!

Twonewcats · 22/07/2014 17:56

hehe Smile
I was more thinking of a small area in the garden, is it possible to encourage them to do use a certain area as a loo?

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Fluffycloudland77 · 22/07/2014 18:19

If you dig a patch of earth over for them it might help. They love freshly dug soil.

cozietoesie · 22/07/2014 18:31

The Lodger started using an inside litter tray after raising himself on the street. He just preferred it! (Warm, safe, dry, self cleaning - I can't blame him.) I didn't mind in the least: cleaning trays is far easier than dealing with neighours who discover poo in their rose beds and also helps you keep a weather eye on their health.


(And because he was kept in at night, it also lent itself to a better night's sleep without worry about accidents.)

MedusaIsHavingaBadHairday · 22/07/2014 21:31

Mine have always done this too.. much as I hate litter changing every day, I feel glad that mine aren't pooing in my neighbours' gardens! Also I could see if their stomachs were ok... my Morphy's first sign that he was ill, was his poos going liquid...

PuppyMonkey · 22/07/2014 21:40

Move the litter tray near the door to your garden for a few days.

Then just outside the door for a few days.

Then a bit further away from house.

And so on, until gradually litter tray is in a suitable spot where you'd like them to go (NOT your NDN garden Wink).

Leave it there a few more days.

Eventually tip kitty litter out at said spot.

Voila - cats will now have a new toilet area.

Outsiderlookingin · 25/07/2014 20:32

Dig a corner over for them in your garden and sprinkle some cat litter on the area. Hopefully this will encourage them to go there instead of their tray.

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