How do I get my 1-year-old to stay away from the litter box?

She absolutely won't stay away from it. Most of the time it is gated off, but I would like to teach her "no"

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YipeeLeah

Asked by YipeeLeah at 6:08 AM on Oct. 11, 2008 in Pets

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  • Do you have a covered litter box? That might help. She sees kitty "playing" and wants to join in. What child doesn't enjoy "digging"? At this age all you can do is redirect her attention after telling her "NO, dirty". You might try getting her a sand and water table so she can "get her hands dirty" even when she can't go outside. I use beans in mine so it is easier to clean than sand and water only occassionally. Just be careful of the choking hazard with the beans, maybe something other than beans would be good for a child of this age?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:46 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • My advice is to get a PET GATE with a "kitty door" and put the litter box behind it. I have 2 covered litter boxes (2 cats) and my now 23 mo son would pull the top off or just reach in through the opening. Putting it in an area where he can't get to it is the best thing to do right now (until he figures out how to go through the cat door).
    cat0325

    Answer by cat0325 at 8:57 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • I use a covered box and place backwards between the dryer and the wall. This way cats can get in and dogs can't. Would work for a baby too. It's just not worth waiting until he learns no in this case. He'll learn. Until then he just needs to be denied access.
    FlyMom07

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 9:08 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • "she" sorry
    FlyMom07

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 9:09 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • Yeah, you can't. You have to isolate it.

    AnitaVersion2.0

    Answer by AnitaVersion2.0 at 2:20 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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