As a new cat owner, there will be lots of things that occupy your mind. How to train your cat is probably one of the questions causing you stress. However, you will be glad to know, litter box training isn’t as complicated as they make it out to be.
Many kittens arrive at new homes with knowledge of how to use litterbox. However, it can be a problem if they don’t.
So, if you’re looking for a few pointers to help train your kitten, the following should help.
You Will Need
1. Litter Boxes
Having a little box is a good idea but having an extra one is better. Place them in areas that provide a little privacy and easy access. If the places are very open, they may hesitate or not use them properly.
2. Kitty Litter
There’s a wide variety of options available in the market today ranging from cheap, non-clumping clay litter to high-end litter options that are eco-friendly. Cats have their preferences, some aren’t picky but others may be very particular with regard to texture or smell.
You can start by giving them the basic clumping litter and move on to something else once your kitten is trained.
Rewards reinforce behaviors. Reward them every time with a treat or a toy when they use the box. Praises and rewards will help them reinforce their behavior of using the litterbox. Eventually, they’ll be quick to respond with the behavior.
How to Litter Train Your Kitten
When a cat’s natural instinct kicks in, they litter in soil and sand. Kittens learn from observing their mother, thus it is crucial to start teaching them early on. They usually start using it after around 3-4 weeks.
Training kittens is very different from training puppies. However, it is important that you make your kitten aware of the location of the litter box in its new space. Make sure it’s in a place that offers privacy and is easily reachable.
After you bring your kitten home, choose a quiet time to acquaint them with the litter box. Place them into the box and gently show them how to scratch at the litter. Don’t be surprised if they jump right out. It is a new experience for them. Place this box around them throughout the day when you feel they might need it. It is important to leave them alone once you’ve done this.
Often cats adapt very easily to a new box. However, there might be accidents at times. Scolding your cat will not help, it will only scare them more and might confuse them about why you’re angry. Rather than doing so, clean up their mess and retry placing them in the box.
If you notice that a problem persists, diarrhea or straining, have your kitten examined by the vet as soon as possible.
Regularly Clean the Litter Box
Cats are very clean animals and may avoid a litter box that is dirty. Regular cleaning is the best way to maintain the health of your kitten. Scoop the litter box and wash it out. Completely change the litter at least once a week. Make sure you clean any residue or stains. Regular cleaning helps get rid of the smell that may not be noticeable by humans. Cats have heightened senses and are able to detect smells very easily. This may also become a reason why they may avoid using it.
Now that you know everything you need in order to litter train your cat, we hope this will help your kitten settle into their surroundings. If you feel like your cat isn’t getting the hang of it after considering stress and health problems, you might have to confine your kitten in a small area with a box until she starts using it.