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Generally, cats are naturally very clean animals. Chances are, your kitten will already know how to use the litter box. Your kitten’s mom will have begun the litter training process before the kitten started living with you. However, sometimes, orphaned kittens or kittens who were adopted too young have not developed this habit.
Here are some tips to train your kitten on how to use the litter box.
- Set the litter box in a quiet secluded location
Ensure that you place the litter box in a calm area, where your kitten can do its business safely without anything to disturb it.
- Make sure you induce the use of a litter box at the right time.
Newborn kittens do not start using the litter box until they are around three weeks old. Introducing them to the litter box is appropriate after they are three weeks old. Be patient with the kitten and continue to offer treats or rewards until you’re confident that it is using the litter box regularly.
- Keep the litter box area clean
Cats are very particular about their health and cleanliness. Ensure that you place their litter box and their food in two separate areas. It’s also important to clean out the litter box every day, to avoid infections and to regularize cleanliness. A clean box is preferred, and it will keep them coming back to it every time they need to use the bathroom.
- Choose the right litter box and litter for your kitten.
Choose a box that gives your kitten easy access, with a shallow litter box and an open lid. For kittens who are less than eight weeks old, provide a shallow lip for it to walk into the litter box.Kittens have more sensitive skin than adult cats, so make sure that you choose a litter that is not scented and a litter that is dust-free.
- Notice when your kitten wants to do its business.
Train your kitten to use her tray, by providing the tray as soon as you see that your kitten wants to go. You can also make it easier for your kitten by placing it in the tray. If you keep doing this, your kitten can find the litter tray all by itself by smell and location. A cat litter that can absorb odours and nor form clumps is a better option.
- Use positive reinforcement and reward successful attempts.
Kittens respond well to positive reinforcement. When your kitten uses its litter tray correctly, make sure you give your kitten lots of praise and a small treat as a reward. Your kitten will gradually learn how to associate the litter box with good feelings. Encouraging your kitten with words and gifts will ensure that it uses the litter box regularly.