How to Litter Train Your Kitten
From Littermates to the Litter Box: How to Litter Train Your Kitten
Few people who have raised a kitten would disagree that there’s nothing quite like the excitement and magic of bringing a kitten home. That is, until you realize she has no concept of where to do her business. Sure, a litter of kittens will typically follow their mother to the box and learn the ropes early on using just sight and instinct. But what if it’s just you and the kitten?
The following five tips are designed to help you litter train your kitten so both of you can get back to having fun together.
1. Invest in a full-size litter box. Your kitten won’t be small for long, and she’ll still be using the same litter box as a full-grown cat. To accommodate her current size, however, make sure it has a low lip so she can climb in and out easily.
2. Find an ideal place for the litter box. Kittens, like adult cats, are more likely to answer nature’s call in an area that’s easy to find and access, as well as one that’s quiet and private. If your kitten feels trapped or startled in or near the litter box, she’s less likely to use it.
3. Whatever you do, don’t punish your kitten. Accidents are part of kitten training, but punishment will just make your kitten afraid of you. If you catch an accident in progress, calmly pick your kitten up and gently place her in the litter box.
4. Maintain the litter box, and keep it familiar. Scoop out the soiled litter every day. Replace the litter once a week, and clean the box itself with soap and water regularly. Also, use a consistent type of litter, since new fragrances or textures may confuse your kitten.
5. Oops. Is your kitten experiencing a litter box lapse? Consider other factors. Is there a new piece of furniture next to your kitten’s litter box? Has her diet changed recently? Has a new person recently moved into your home? All of these may cause setbacks in your kitten training.
If these five tips just aren’t working, schedule a visit with your veterinarian. There may be other factors at play, and a medical professional such as your veterinarian can help with specific advice for how to litter train your kitten.
No matter what, don’t stress about it! Your kitten is a great cat in the making. It’s just a matter of time.