Here we are back again with a complete and easy guide on taking care and how to train kittens to litter box. Be it a kitten or cat hygiene is a necessity for both you and your pet. Litter training a kitten is one of the steps taken as soon as you bring it to its new home.
So let’s dig in, shall we?
Litter Training A Kitten Essentials
Before you bring home your new bud, you must be fully prepared to start litter training your kitten. Few things that you will need are:
A litter box
How to Train Kittens to Litter box?
People are often confused about how to train kittens to litter box but in reality litter training a kitten is a very simple process, they learn way before a baby can be potty trained and you don’t even need to wipe their butts! Litter training a kitten is relatively easy than litter training a cat especially one living outdoors most of its life. So let’s begin with where, when and how to train that little energetic furball.
The Litter Box
What kind of litter box?
The litter box for your kitten should be according to its size. It shouldn’t be too high making it difficult for those tiny paws to jump in but shallow enough. The filling of the litter box should be kitten friendly. Even though adult cats love clumping litter, it is harmful to your kitten in case of inhaling or ingesting it while exploring. Best fillings are natural pellet based litters, free from any harsh chemicals or fragrances which are harmful to your kitten.
As your kitten grows so will the size of the litter box. Be sure to have shallow litter boxes for old cats who might have joint stiffness constricting them from jumping high. Outdoor cat litter training box is different than indoor cats when adopted they should have a litter box filled with natural soil because they are used to that and gradually it should be replaced with standard cat clumping litter.
Where to Place the Litter Box?
The litter box should be placed at a place that’s neither too hard to find nor too open. Even your kitty would like to finish its business in private. Find a place that’s away from machine noises or a hallway. If you have more than one cat or have any other pets make sure there are an entrance and escape route. It should not be near the folded laundry or your kitten’s food. If you’re training a tiny kitten, for a few days keep the kitten confined in one room with the litter box until it develops a habit.
How many Litter Boxes?
The number should be dependant on the number of cats you own. They do not like to share their and often use one to poop and once to pee. So the number of litter boxes should always be one more than the available kittens or cats residing with you. And if you have more than one floor than every floor should have a litter box for all your cats.
When to start litter training a kitten?
If you bring home a kitten that’s about 3 weeks or more of age, it is time to take it straight to the litter box before letting it explore any other place in your home, and after this do not change the place of that litter box. Leave the kitten in the litter box, it might jump out back immediately but put it back in again. Give your kitty some space to explore and sniff around, if you don’t see it digging gently hold its front paws and dig 1 or 2 times, they are fast learners and will take the charge.
You need to keep an eye on your kitten and observe its behavior and timings to go poop. Place your kitten in the litter box right after it wakes up, after every meal and after playtime.
Be sure not to stress out your kitten during or even after training. If an accident occurs do not shout at it causing the poor soul to associate negativity with litter training. Instead of quickly but gently place it in the litter box, clean the place immediately to prevent any scent soaking. In the initial period of training associate the deed done in the litter box with positivity and reward your good little kitten with a treat or a toy to encourage this behavior. If they continue to happen then change the litter because it might not be comfortable for your kitten or maybe it’s not clean enough. If the issue still persists consult your vet for proper guidance on maybe an underlying problem.
Keep It Clean
Cleaning the litter box should be done regularly and thoroughly to avoid foul smell at home and for the sake of hygiene of your kittens. Change the litter when it stops absorbing the excretion. Clean the litter box with water and vinegar avoiding any form of harsh chemicals that will cause danger to your kitten.