How to Train a Cat to use a Litter Box

Training your kitten to use the litter box

Prevention and praise are key.

If you have purchased a kitten off a breeder, chances are it will already be trained to use a litter box.
Of course not everyone acquires kittens from a breeder and some come from environments where they have never seen a litter tray or lived indoors.  Obviously if you get a rescued kitten and you have no idea of their history.

Ensure your cat tray is clean, use of a litter that is safe & hygienic (we recommend Pussydo!) avoid clumping litters
for young kittens as it can be dangerous, causing intestinal blockages if accidentally ingested.
 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR KITTEN

Place you litter tray in an area that’s is quite & private. A corner is a good option. Cats do not like to soil areas close to their sleeping or eating areas, so place the litter box some distance away. Think about placing the litter box where it is accessible at all times Example; a bathroom could have other house users occupying it.


If your cat is new have a cat area in you house, don’t allow your kitten have full run of the house. Try to contain him in the room you spend the most of your time in. Close doors to other areas. If your cat is new to your home, she may go into hiding for starters, so place the litter box close to her hiding place.

Cats prefer to bury there urine & faeces. Watch your kittens carefully and see if you see signs that he is about to pee or poop gently pick him up and put him in the litter box. Using a paw, scratch the litter with it. Because he can dig his natural instincts should take over. It the kitten uses the litter box give him lots of praise, if he doesn’t - don’t force the issue. You mustn't raise your voice or make him in any way afraid of the tray. Even if she doesn’t urinate, she is learning that the litter box is a great, CLEAN place to be.

Once your kitten has used the litter he leaves the smell of his urine which will encourage him to come back next time.
If he continues to have accidents try transferring some of the urine or faeces to the litter box, so the smell and sight encourages him to use the litter tray.
One of the signs that kitten needs to urinate is that he will scratch at the floor, go into a corner or quite area. Be
observant watch your kittens behaviour.

Establish a routine

After your kitten has eaten put him in the litter box & use his paw to scratch the litter. Often kittens need to use the litter box after eating. Use the same procedure after your kittens woken from a nap.

If regular accidents happen place him in a confined room for part of the day such as a bathroom or laundry.
Place the litter box in the room with him and he will soon get the idea to use it. Don’t leave him for extended, long periods of time and always make sure he has fresh water and something to play with.

Make sure the Litter Box is always clean. Cats & kittens do not like using heavily soiled litter boxes. Scoop
out the hard bits frequently and replace the litter daily. Regularly rinse the litter box with water.

 

Enjoy the feeling of success when he starts using the litter tray unprompted! :)

 

 

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