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How to Train Your Cat to Use an Automatic Litter Box

By Amy Shojai

An automatic litter box offers many benefits to you, as well as your cat, including convenience and an always clean potty. When your cat already swears allegiance to a traditional litter box, though, it may take some time to convince your cat to try out the new facility.

It's easiest to train kittens to an automatic litter box. Almost all kittens will already know what a litter box is for, and how to use it, by the time you adopt them. For babies, it's often enough to simply set up the box, place the baby on the litter, and scratch the litter with your fingers. It's a good idea to leave one fresh deposit in the new litter box to offer a scent signal about what's expected. When he is productive, praise him extravagantly, and offer a favorite game or treat as reward. Allow the baby to climb out of the litter box by himself and make his way from the area. That will help him remember how to find his way back to the box when nature calls again.

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How to Use an Indoor/Outdoor Potty for Toilet Training

By Caryl Wolff

Portable pet toilets are a convenient, portable alternative to traditional pee pads or newspaper training. They make it much easier to house train puppies and prevent accidents for dogs of any age.

How an Automatic Litter Box Can Stop House Soiling

By Amy Shojai

A normal adult cat on average visits the litter box to make a deposit about 5 times a day. The amount of waste multiplies and makes cleaning a greater chore when you have more than one cat. Some years ago when I traveled a great deal for work, I became a fan of automatic litter boxes in part because my husband wasn't always as faithful at scooping.

How Much Is Too Much Barking?

By Audrey Pavia

You come home from work and find a note on your door from your next-door neighbor about your dog's barking. How do you know if your neighbor is just being too sensitive? Isn't barking normal for a dog?

How to Fit the Easy Walk® Harness

By Toni Mark

Taking the time to fit the Easy Walk® Harness properly in the beginning is time worth spending.

Safety Indoors and Out with Pet Doors & Wireless Containment

By Tony Johnson

Really, a pet door is freedom. And if pet doors are freedom, then a wireless containment system is peace of mind. Put them together, and suddenly, you've got more than you expected and the world is a better place, and full of benefits for you and your pets.

Dealing with Door-Dashing Cats

By Amy Shojai

Providing a dog door works great to offer your canine companion access to his outdoor toilet when you can't let him out. But how do keep the cat from using the same door?