Kittens Learn Early And Fast

Kittens Need A Little Help

As with babies of any animal, our little kittens are yet tender but very curious of everything. The time just before and after weaning is one of the most impressionable times in a young cats life. This article will help you propery train your kittens at a very early age. This will be very impressionable on the babies.

Supplies You’ll Need

To start your kitty off right on the path to developing good bathroom habits, you’ll need a few supplies:

  • Litter boxes: It’s a good idea to have one more litter box than the number of cats who will be using them, so if this is your first cat, you’ll want to start with two. Place them in areas that are easy to get to while offering privacy. If they’re too exposed, your kitty might not feel safe enough to use them.
  • Kitty litter: You’ll find a lot of options, ranging from inexpensive non-clumping clay litter to high-end, eco-friendly options made from materials such as pine pellets, recycled newspaper and even wheat. While many cats aren’t very picky about what type of litter you use, some cats are very particular and won’t use litter if they object to the texture or smell. Your best bet is to start with a standard, unscented clumping litter, and then if you want to use something else you can experiment once your kitty’s fully litter trained.
  • Treats and toys: When you see your furry bundle of joy using her box, reward her with a cat treat or a piece of her dry cat food. You can also use toys and praise to help create positive associations with using the litter box. Eventually, you’ll need to wean her off of expecting a food-related treat every time she uses the box.

How to Litter Train a Kitten

Follow these steps for how to litter train a kitten:

  • Show her the boxes as soon as she arrives by setting her in them and letting her sniff and examine them. Be sure not to move the boxes once you’ve shown them to her, to avoid confusing her.
  • Set your cat in one of the boxes immediately following meals and after she wakes up from naps. If you notice her behaving like she needs to go, which might look like sniffing or crouching in a particular area, pick her up and put her in her litter box.
  • Reward her whenever you notice her using it. Praise her and give her a treat or a toy.
  • Don’t punish or scold her for accidents. Doing so will only lead to stress and anxiety, which may exacerbate the problem and make training more difficult. Cats do not associate punishment with the incident in question, so it doesn’t help train her not to do it in the future.

Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s important to take proper care of the litter box. Not only will this help eliminate the dreaded “cat smell” from your home, but it will also make using the box a more pleasant experience for your cat.

  • Scoop the box daily to remove your kitten’s deposits. Replace soiled litter as needed—typically when the litter stops controlling odor.
  • Clean and disinfect the box when you change out the litter. Use mild soap and water, or a solution of water and white vinegar. Don’t use bleach, commercial disinfectants or other harsh chemicals, which could be harmful to your cat.
  • Use an enzyme cleaner to clean areas outside the box where your kitten has had accidents. This type of cleaner will eliminate the smell which, if left untreated, might encourage her to keep going in that spot.

Litter Training Older Cats

Typically, older cats will already be old hats at using a litter box by the time they come to live with you, but you may run into a litter box training challenge if the cat in question was formerly an outdoor cat. Even then, cats have all the instincts to help them learn quickly what a litter box is for. Getting them used to the litter may be the biggest challenge. In such cases, Vetstreet suggests filling the box with outdoor soil, to begin with. As your cat gets used to going in the box, gradually replace more and more of the soil with cat litter to give her a chance to become familiar with the new surface.

Troubleshooting Your Cat

Some cats, as mentioned previously, can be quite picky about the conditions of which they’re willing to go. If your cat doesn’t seem to be getting the hang of using the box, it could simply be that she doesn’t like the size or shape of the box or the smell or texture of the litter. If the box is covered, she may find it too confining—or it may be that she feels too exposed and would prefer a covered box. She might also dislike the location of the box, or it may be that you simply need to scoop it out more often. You might need to experiment until you find the right combination of factors that makes her comfortable enough to use the box.

If she’s an older cat, she may be dealing with joint pain or stiffness that makes accessing the box difficult for her. Consider whether the sides of the box might be too high for her to comfortably climb over, or whether she has to climb stairs or jump up on something in order to get to it.

Cats that have yet to be spayed or neutered might spray urine throughout the house in order to mark their territory, even after being fully litter box trained, suggests Petfinder. Often, being spayed or neutered tends to eliminate this behavior.

If your kitty uses the box consistently over a period of time and then suddenly stops, or does so inconsistently, there might be an underlying problem. Stress and anxiety can cause a cat to stop using the litter box, so consider whether there have been any major changes in her environment, and talk to your veterinarian. Often, according to the ASPCA, no longer using the litter box can be a sign of an underlying medical problem, such as a urinary tract infection, which could become serious if left untreated.

Now that you’re armed with everything you need to litter train your new cat, you’re well on the road to a happy, harmonious relationship with your family’s newest addition. Once you’ve ruled out stress or health problems and you’ve tried everything else, if your cat still isn’t getting the h

ng of it, you may need to confine her to a small area with the box, such as a bathroom or laundry room, until she starts using it.

Litter Box Training A Kitten

6 thoughts on “Litter Box Training A Kitten

  • October 1, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Oh my goodness, aren’t these kitties cuteness overload!  Thanks for these great tips on training kittens and older cats to use a litter box. I had a grown cat who used to spray in the house and we got this great product from the vet that sprayed some kind of hormone to stop him spraying, can’t remember what it was called.  Have you heard of it?

    • October 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      Hey Lauren,

      I appreciate the comment and yes  I have heard of it. As a matter of fact I had a product advertised on this website I was promoting and right now I am trying to make a few updates to my site. As soon as I do I will update this with a direct link to the product so you or anyone else can check it out . It is an extremely effective solution to the stop spraying and cats that pee outside the box also. A very  interesting thing indeed.!

  • October 2, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Hi there,
    Thank you for sharing this helpful blog. I really enjoyed the reading.
    I’ve found a little cat in the street and, of course, took it with me at home. He is so cute; I already love her so much. I always had dogs in my life but never cats, so I need some good training. I need to buy a litter and kitty litter, and I am all set:) I just would like to know if there are kitty litters with different perfume choices. I am very sensitive to odors. Another question, please. Do females have a stronger smell than males?

    Thank you!

    • October 3, 2021 at 6:44 pm

      Hey Daniella,

      As far as litter,  there are  many litter types out these days. I have found that a big issue here is the more they cut out the smell of litter, the more you have to keep changing the box litter. It is best to scoop the litter a few times a day at least. Brand wise I like the value of Tidy Cats. Best to get the multi-cat formula with more than one cat. None of their products really have an overpowering perfume smell and work very well. Best for price and quality overall in my opinion. 

      Male cats have stronger urine smell due to certain differences in the hormones. Male cats use this in the wild to mark territory, attract mates and more. I hope that answers your other question.

  • October 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

    The main picture of the two kittens are so cute. It makes me want to go out there and get a kitten. My wife has been wanting a cat. Thanks for the tip that you gave, it is really helpful. We usually steer clear of kittens just because of the time it takes to train it to use the litter box and not destroy things. We will definitely use these tips in the future if we get a kitten.

    • October 3, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks for the comment. Yes it can really be a big job to parent kittens. They are a handful. There are many places all over the US and around the world that focus on getting adult cats a good forever home. Many people prefer to adopt the older cats since there is no real training needed, and they just need someone to love them. I will be doing an article on this very soon! Thanks again for the reply!!


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