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Kitten Litter Box Training

 

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As the kitten gets older you can then place a larger box next to the smaller one to start a gradual transition. You can even place the smaller litter box inside the larger box to get her used to the new set-up.

Never use a covered box or an electronic box with a kitten. The box set-up should be convenient, safe, simple, quiet and hard to miss.

The Litter Choice

There are many types of litter on the market but in general, the best choice for a kitten is one of the soft, scoopable types. A texture that resembles sand on the kitten’s paw pads will be much more comfortable and will make it easier for her to dig and cover. It’s also more comfortable for her when she’s perched in elimination position. Standing on traditional clay litter that has some sharper edges or hard crystal-type litter may not be as comfortable for a kitten who is just learning the ropes when it comes to bathroom etiquette.

To Clean or not to Clean

With an adult cat you would hear me telling you over and over again to keep the litter box conditions absolutely pristine. With a kitten though, it’s a good idea to leave a little (notice, I said “a little”) of her liquid or solid waste in there. This will help serve as an added reminder of where the pee and poop go.

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If you find a little solid waste outside the litter box, instead of tossing it in the toilet, place it in the litter box so she’ll have a little scented reminder of where it should’ve been placed.

Litter Box Location

For a kitten, the box needs to be really, really easy to find. Kittens don’t have great bladder control so you shouldn’t expect your new youngster to be able to get all the way across the house or down a flight of stairs to find the box.

Confine your young kitten to a smaller portion of the house so she can easily get to her litter box. Once she starts having access to more of the house, place litter boxes in multiple locations.

Litter boxes should be in open areas where the kitten can easily see them. They should also be in quiet areas so kitty isn’t easily distracted. The location should be safe and secure so the kitten doesn’t have to worry about the family dog sticking his nose in there or a child or other family member startling her.

Help Remind Your Kitten

Typically, cats may eliminate after a nap, after playing or after eating. Your kitten will probably be on that schedule and then some because she’ll need to eliminate more frequently than an adult cat. Frequently bring her over to the litter box on a regular schedule as she learns to perfect her potty timing.

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