Toilet training after relocation.
I better give some details before I pose my question..
I have two cats Joshua and Jodie.
My family brought them about fifteen years ago when I was ten. We lived in the same house for the next fourteen years, where both cats happily used the garden as their toilet.
Last year my mother and the cats moved into a first floor apartment. The problem was that the apartments they moved to did not allow cats. So they would spend the day in the apartment and at night my stepfather would sneak them down stairs to the garden. Joshua adapted, Jodie did not; she was scared of her new surroundings and prefered to stay in the apartment. So for the next year Jodie was a house cat. A litter tray was put on the balcony but it was practically Jodie's, as Joshua seemed to wait for night time until purging himself.
Some of you will be asking 'why did your mother move into a 1st floor apartment which didn't allow cats?' and at the time I shared those sentiments. Annoyingly it was impossible for them to live with me at the time..
Ok.. you still with me? great!
Recently I moved to a house with a garden and promptly moved the cats in with me. After keeping them in for a week with a litter tray, I fitted a cat flap, removed the litter tray and naively thought that both cats would resume using the garden as the toilet. wrong..
Joshua used the garden, Jodie used the spot where the litter tray used to be positioned.
My question is.. do you think it is possible to persuade her into using the garden instead, and if so how?
I have moved the litter tray into the garden. But there seems to be no change on her habits.