How to Litter Box Train a Kitten
Litter training can be tough. But with a little persistence and right knowledge, you will be able to crack it in no time! And to make sure you have the right guidance, we are sharing these 5 tips with you, so fasten your seatbelts.
1. Introducing the Litter Box to Your New Member
When you take your new kitty to your home, the first thing you need to do is to make her familiar with the litter box. The cat should be knowing that this is the place where she needs to eliminate.
First get a litter box which has lower sidewalls. It must be comfortable for the cat to get in. A cat may not have trouble with a litter box with raised sides. However, it is not the same with kittens.
Also, you can start litter training your kitten once she is 3 weeks old. Until then, the mama cat stimulates the kitten to eliminate by licking her. If you have adopted a kitten, you will have to stimulate your kitty to eliminate on your own.
Once the kitten is 3 weeks old, familiarize her with the litter box. Start doing this by putting her in the litter box and let her be free. Cats have the natural instinct to dig. So usually, the kitten will start digging on her own. Also, cats like to cover their feces. So this may encourage them to eliminate in the litter box.
Once your kitten gets out of the box, praise her with a treat. This will encourage the kitty to do the same every time she needs to eliminate.
2. Stop Her from Eliminating Outside the Litter Box
Now that you have familiarized the kitten with the litter box, she needs to know that this is the place where she needs to go when she wants to eliminate.
In order to do that, keep an eye on her activities. Whenever, you find her eliminating somewhere else than the litter box, immediately pick her up and bring to the litter box and let her be alone with it.
Doing this will remind the kitty about with the litter box is for. Also, do not forget to give her a treat for her good behavior!
3. Let Some Odor be there in the Litter Box
This may sound bizarre. However, you need to understand that animals associate things with their odor. Of course, you need to clean the litter box every day without fail. However, leaving some of the litter with the cat urinal odor can be helpful.
The next time the cat will pass by the litter box, she will surely know that this is her old dumping place just by getting the odor of her own urine in there.
Though this does not mean that you should keep it filthy. Because cats like to have a clean place to dump, which is far from where she eats and sleeps. Keeping it filthy will encourage the cat to search for a new place, which of course will not be helpful in the litter training.
4. Placing the Litter Box
The placement of the litter box is pretty important. As if the cat will not find it, there’s no point that she is going to use it, right?
Firstly, a litter box should be placed in a corner. The cats love to dump in a corner, not in the middle of the room where she gets zero privacy! So place the litter box in the corner of the room your cat usually stay in. The point is that the litter box should be there when the cat needs to eliminate.
Another trick you can do is placing the litter box at the places your cat usually dumps or has previously dumped. Cats like to associate places with her previously done actions. So there are chances that the cat is going to return to that place where she usually takes a dump and when she will find the litter box there, the litter box will be treated like the way it should be!
5. Buying Multiple Litter Boxes
A simple litter box is not much big of an investment. Point being, you can easily purchase a few litter boxes until your kitty learns how to use them.
Especially if you have a large house with multiple stories, having multiple litter boxes will be quite helpful. Place the litter boxes in the rooms where you cat like to hang out. One in the corner of each room. And if you have performed the previous steps correctly to make the kitten familiar with a litter box and what it is for, you should have no problem further!