I have a stray (cat) I took in a few days ago; a ~2 month old female with a clean bill of health and no unusual behavior.
She immediately used the litter box correctly and has not had any accidents (yet), but I am trying to reinforce her litter habits anyways. I've been giving her a lot of praise when she's in the box, and sometimes a treat when she's done.
But now sometimes when I'm near the litter box, she'll jump in it and roll around or hang out.
So I have two little questions, actually:
- Do I even need to be doing this? She already seems to have the box down pretty well.
- If so, what action should I take when she goes in the box but then seems to be in there for non-bathroom reasons? Should I just do nothing in general then wait until she's finished before praising? Or does it not matter at all (should I even care about this)? I don't really want to take her out of the box, especially if she's actually going to end up using it.
I want to make sure she's well-trained so I can begin the process of letting her out of the room unattended, but I also don't want to encourage her to play in the litter box and make a mess.
It's been a while since I had a kitten. My other cat is very well-behaved, but I can't remember how he was trained; it was about 14 years ago.