Litter Training Your Kitten
Cats are naturally very clean animals and most of them will happily learn to use a litterbox without any special training. However, if you’re finding your cat is a reluctant learner, the tips below should make training a little easier.
- Point it out: Your cat may be having trouble finding its box. Don’t feel silly pointing it out. Place your cat in the box and allow them to sniff around. A good time to do this is soon after play or meals, when they are likely to need to use it.
- Location: Make sure the litterbox is in a quiet, low traffic area away from your cat’s food and water. Make sure the litterbox is out of reach of any kids or dogs, but make sure it’s also easily accessible for the cat.
- Litter: You may have to experiment with litter – some cats are more picky than others.
- Cleanliness: Keep the litterbox clean! Scoop out soiled litter every day, and change the litter once a week, make sure to keep at least an inch and a half or more of litter in the box. Occasionally clean the whole box with mild soap and water or a solution of water and vinegar. Keeping the box clean will not only encourage your cat to use it, but also reduce odor.
- Accidents: If your cat does have an accident, don’t punish it by striking it or rubbing its face in the mess. Say “No!” firmly and take the cat to the box and praise it there. Some “accidents” may actually be spraying to mark their territory – follow the same guidelines and remember that spaying or neutering your pet will often eliminate that problem. Clean any soiled areas thoroughly, as cats are often attracted to previously soiled areas.
Being in a new environment can be hard on your pet so give your cat time and experiment! More than likely, litter training will be a breeze. If it isn’t, just remember that with some patience and encouragement, your cat will get it!