Kitten Litter Training
I am getting a new kitten and want to make sure to train the kitten to use the litter box. How is this done?
A kitten is a great idea and thinking about the litter box ahead of time is very important.
Litter training a cat is very different from housebreaking a dog. Kittens will naturally seek a place to dig, but you can help them to be consistent. The first thing to do is provide accessible litter boxes. Kittens don’t have the “control” of mature cats and need to have litter boxes nearby. Do not put a litter box in the basement, for example, because your kitten will not be able to get to it easily.
There needs to be multiple litter boxes or confine the kitten in a small comfortable area with a litter box. You should create easy access by placing a step-up until they are larger. Scoopable litters are generally tolerated best. Avoid using perfumed or cedar-based litters or litters with baking soda.
The next important step is to keep the litter box clean. Remove feces and urine clumps at least once a day—twice is actually better. After feeding time, it is a good idea to place your kitten into a litter box. Kittens have a natural elimination reflex after eating. Don’t punish your kitten if accidents happen. Harsh treatment may worsen the problem.
Talk to your veterinarian if a problem persists. Have fun with your new kitten!