Cats are generally low maintenance and very easy to house train. They come with built-in instincts about where to do their business and how to go about it. However, humans can make mistakes that can result in unwanted behaviours later on.
What items are needed, how to introduce the kitten to these items and giving the tiny feline the privacy they need are all important factors for quick and easy litter box training.
1). What You Need
Before the kitten arrives home, make sure that the following items are available:
- A litter box. The litter box should have sides or an entrance that is low enough for the kitten to gain easy access.
- Kitty Litter. Natural sand or wood pellets are ideal for kittens. Avoid artificial litter with fragrances, clotting chemicals and other artificial materials.
- Scoop or spatula. These tools are essential for cleaning the litter box regularly.
2). Litter Box Placement
The litter box should be placed in an area that is easily accessible to the kitten. In a large home, it is advisable to get more than one litter box and place them in different rooms. Don’t place the litter box in the kitchen or other eating areas – this is unhygienic. Bathrooms are a good place for litter boxes. Make sure that every litter box is placed in the same location after cleaning so the kitten knows where to go.
3). Litter Box Introduction
Cuddling and playing with the new addition to the family may be irresistible but introducing them to the litter box is a priority.
- Place the kitten in the box with litter already in it. Litter should cover at least two inches of the bottom of the box.
- The kitten should automatically start scratching at the litter. If it doesn’t, provide some encouragement by scratching in the litter.
- The kitten should go to the toilet immediately and then cover their urine or feces. If they don’t, repeat the process until the kitten goes.
It is recommended to place the kitten in the litter box regularly until they are going on their own.
4). Litter Box Etiquette
Most cats prefer some privacy when they are going about their business and the same goes for kittens. Don’t stand around and watch too much. Leave the kitten to scratch around in the litter box and get comfortable without too much interference.
Kittens won’t go in a dirty litter box. The litter should be replaced every 2-3 days. Use the scoop to remove feces. The feces can be flushed directly down the toilet or placed in a sealable bag to be disposed of.
House training a kitten using the above steps should be simple. However, if there are any problems, contact a vet or cat behaviourist for further assistance.
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