If you didn’t already know, I recently adopted a new kitten who was living outside.
So I brought him home and immediately wanted to train him how to use the litter box so I wouldn’t have to constantly be cleaning up potty from the floor.
Of course I researched how to litter box train an outside cat and how to litter box train a kitten via the Google machine. I found a lot of helpful information and some not so helpful information. But over all the process seemed pretty straightforward so I’m going to make a little tutorial so that everyone can litter box train a kitten.
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First and foremost, kittens are like babies and they explore new things with their mouths, so it is important to get a non-clumping corn based litter. That way if they eat any of it, it won’t clump up in their stomach or be dangerous and make them sick.
Once the kitten is trained you can switch to a regular litter.
Second if your kitten was born inside with other cats and has had access to a litter box, your kitten will most likely be taught to use the litter box from the mom. If this is the case you will probably not have to do much training yourself.
Third some kittens and cats don’t like powerful smells so if they refuse to go, a lot of my research suggested switching to a more natural sent to make them more comfortable.
Forth, before you start make sure you have a good cleaner such as Nature’s Miracle Stain and Oder Remover to clean up any accidents your kitten or cat may have.
Litter Box Training
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Place your kitten in the litter box so they can get familiar with where it is, what it smells like, and what it feels like.
Monitor your kitten closely for a few days and place them back into the litter box after they wake up from naps, after they eat, and after they drink water. This is when they will most likely need to go and it will help them associate the litter box with going to the bathroom.
Praise your kitten every time he or she is successful. I read that this helps them learn faster than punishing them for having an accident. Punishing them can make them scared of the litter box which is not what you want. I praised my kitten a lot. He letterbox trained by the end of his second day with us and he has not had a single accident since.
That is pretty much how I litter box trained my kitten and if you have any questions feel free to ask!
Since last week was halloween, we of course carved a pumpkin and then we had 100 tons of pumpkin seeds so I thought I would try to make some roasted seeds for the fall festivities.
To be honest, the recipe I used said to roast them for 25 minutes and I did, but they got a little too roasted and pretty much are all burned.
I also did not read the part of the recipe that said to check on them every 10 minutes..
I’m pretty sad that this was such a flop, but there is always next year!
So as always I will link the recipe that I used and then I will get started.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
After you have removed the seeds from your pumpkin, make sure you wash them to remove all the pulp.
Next you just bring a pot of water to a boil and add some salt. Make sure you add the salt after your water boils so the salt doesn’t damage your pan. Then you just cook those guys for about 10 minutes.
After that, make sure to dry your seeds really well by patting them with some paper towel.
Season them however you would like. There are a ton of different flavors you can make, but I used olive oil and salt because Mike said he didn’t want them to be too fancy.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. For sure though, don’t forget to check on them or they will be burned like mine.
Let them cool and then eat you super tasty roasted pumpkin seeds!