We actually prefer calling this experience “encouraging” to “training” as most cats naturally understand the litter box and if provided enough encouragement, they will instinctively use it when they reach 4 – 8 weeks old. However, some kittens still need serious help from their owners, so here are top tips on how to litter box train a kitten.
How to litter box train a kitten
Pick a time
Usually, you can start introducing a litter box to your kitten when he reaches about 3 – 4 weeks of age, that is when cats can eliminate on their own without being stimulated by their mothers or owners. However, be patient with your baby fluffball if he needs more time than his buddies, just keep stimulating him and slowly expose him to the litter box.
Introduce the box
When it is the right time, you can encourage your baby kitten to use the litter box by placing him in it after eating and waking up, or anytime there are signals showing that he wants to relieve himself. After placing him in the box, let him sniff it and get familiar with it. If he starts eliminating right after that, congratulations on a huge success! Don’t interfere, no one wants to be disturbed while doing the business, not even cats.
Praise the cat
Once he is done, praise and offer a treat to give him positive feelings about using the litter box. In case your kitten hasn’t accepted it yet, don’t scold him at any cost because cats don’t like noise and they are likely to connect the litter box with punishment. When he eliminates somewhere else, put the waste in the box so he will follow it next time.
If your baby booger still refuses to use the litter box, then the problem should be the box itself. It could be the smell, the size or the litter that irritates the kitten. You have to keep experimenting to find out what the exact problem is. In addition, products like Kitten Attract can also be a helpful solution for the kittens who are having a tough time accepting the litter box. However, if the problem continues, consult your veterinarian.
How to clean the litter box
It is best to clean the box at least once a day, this will make it more pleasant for the baby, and for you. He gets a clean toilet while you get a scented house. Avoid using strong-smelling cleansers as the kitten may reject the box if it is no longer familiar to him. In the first few times, you can leave a small piece of waste in the box so the kitten can recognize the area easier next time.
How to choose the right litter box
The first thing is to choose a box suitable for your kitten’s size, make sure he can get in and out of the box easily without jumping. Get him a bigger box as he grows up, don’t force him to relieve himself in a tiny place.
It is advised to use boxes made of non-absorbent materials and to provide each cat with at least one box.
Also, a self-cleaning box will release you from the cleaning chore.
Maybe your house accommodates more than one meow balls, place their boxes away from each other so that they can enjoy some privacy.
Besides choosing the right box, also choose the litter that is safe for young kittens, preferably litter with no smell, no chemicals, and no clumping properties.
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Where to place the litter box
We suggest placing the litter box in a private and quiet location. Try not to put it near where your kitten eats and sleeps. The best place should be a corner in the house because cats are attracted to corners. Once you have found a perfect place, don’t move it around or you will confuse your kitten.
Above is some basic know-how on how to litter box train a kitten from us. Follow these tips and your little furry ball will get used to using his private bathroom in no time! Hit share if you find this helpful, thank you!