|Purred: Wed Oct 23, '13 12:59pm PST |
|Hello - I am on the amber stage now and think I have it figured out. Here are my tips thus far:
1 - always make changes after a poo, because peeing is much easier for them. I do this at the beginning of the weekend when I know I'm going to be home a bit more for monitoring and encouragement.
2 - if they start getting anxious around potty time, or aren't going when or where they should be, this means you need to move slower. I highly recommend the cardboard method - cut out a piece of cardboard the size of the red disk, so that it can be placed underneath the amber or green. Then, start with a small hole in the center, and slowly increase the size of this hole (i.e. after several days). Be sure to use a round shape, because it holds weight better and is less likely to collapse under your kitty.
3 - don't go too fast! Remember: You aren't *training* your cat, you are modifying his or her habits. This is a slow process! Allow them to get used to each step before progressing. Just because they performed well for a few days does not mean they are comfortable with it.
4 - after your hole has gotten a bit bigger (over the course of a few weeks), start doing a daytime/nighttime switch. Use only amber during the day, and then add the cardboard at night. We try to encourage our kitty to go before adding the cardboard underneath at night. This method allows them to practice going #1, which is easier because their stance is much more stable, but isn't forcing them to make a big change all at once. After just a few days of this, our kitty was ok doing all her business in the amber ring, though we will continue to put the cardboard down at night for another week. Then we plan to leave it at amber for a month before we start with the green (same way - cardboard underneath and then daytime-only).
I hope that helps - I've spent some time on the LK forum, but it is a black hole of poor internet code and slow pages, so I'm happy to see some questions pop up elsewhere!
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