How to train a kitten to use a litter box? It is essential for the kitten to use the litter box. It is necessary both for the kitten as well as the pet owner. By making the kitten familiar with the litter box you can keep the home environment neat, clean, and hygienic. Though we know cats are naturally very clean and peace lovers. In this article, I am going to talk about how to train a kitten to use a litter box
How to train a kitten to use a litter box
Yet, being trained with using litter, the kitten itself stays clean and you can take it on the lap, or even on your bed.
It is not a difficult task to train a kitten to use a litter box. Yet, some people find it difficult because of not knowing the process properly. In this article, I am going to talk about how to train a kitten to use a litter box.
Kittens are quick learners. They will be required 3 to 4 weeks to start using letters regularly. After some days of use, they will learn it well, hopefully. Kittens naturally hide their urine and feces by sand or mud. Therefore, the kitten should easily be using the litter box after 4 weeks of their age.
On the outset, you have to buy a litter box as per your convenience. There are many brands and products available in the market, and online.
The kitten may or may not be using the litter box regularly. There might be some embarrassing instances and do not rebuke your kitten, rather, reward it when it uses the litter properly. This will inspire the kitten to do the same next time. Slowly, the kitten will be inhabited with the litter box.
You have to make the number of litter boxes more than that of the number of the kitten you have. If you have one kitten, keep the number of litters two, and so on.
Place the litters at the visible places. Show the kittens the litters from day one. You should not change litters’ positions frequently. It will make the kitten confused. Keeping sufficient liters in separate positions will quickly familiarize them with the kittens.
After putting the kitten on the litter box, it should naturally start digging with the front paws. If it is so, that’s great. If it doesn’t do it, you can make a try to help to dig by its paws.
Let the activities go when the kitten is on the litter. Stay aside and keep your eyes from afar. You may be required to help them afterward. However, by any means don’t go for helping the kitten, or touching its body. It might be embarrassing and discontinue the activities.
At the Italian stages, you may pick and put the kitten on the box a couple of times. Gradually it will be habituated with the process.
After finishing the activity successfully, appreciate the kitten for a good job. This rewarding will encourage it for the same process.
Keep an appropriate time for the kitten to use the litters. The best time can be some after feeding. The other time can be just after sleep or nap. Keep a close look at the kittens regularly in order to make it familiar with the litters.
You may observe the kitten scratch, crouch, or sniff around, it could be the best time to take the kitten on the litter box.
It is necessary to place the litter in a visible, calm, and spacious place. The corner location is suitable. The place should be sound and hassle-free.
In case of a stray kitten, keep the litter boxes and the kitten in a locked room, along with some food and water on the other side of the room. Gradually, the kitten will learn how to use it.
Keep the litter box away from the kitten’s bed and the pace should be feeling a bit private, and away from everyone’s eyes.
What if your kittens won’t use the litter box after your repeated attempts? It may be because the litter is not suitable or comfortable to use. Keep attention to that issue too.
The other way is to make the litter box more attractive in order to motivate the kitten to use them. Make use of deodorant, toys, different shapes, lower slides, open or close clovers, etc.
Hot water and detergent are enough to clean the litters. I think no need to use any sort of hard cleaners to disinfect. This might be toxic and harmful for the kitten.
You should be emptying, scooping, and cleaning the litter box on a regular basis to encourage the kitten regularly, as we have mentioned kittens are neat and clean animals and love to use a neat litter box.
Make sure the litter box is in good shape so that the kitten can climb in and out easily. Think wisely about the shape and size of the litter compared to your kittens.
The depth of the litter box should be sufficient so that the kitten can dig them comfortably as and when it needs. A litter box with hard-wearing material is good to cleanse. Litter boxes made of clumping, Non-clumping, or silica gel are available.
Sometimes, the kitten may not use the litter box due to urinary infection, in that case, you must take suggestions from the vet.
Place the litter away from the food and water bowl.
Thoroughly cleanse the litter boxes on a daily basis. But be careful not to cleanse on your own in case you have conceived. In such cases, cleaning by others is recommended. Use rubber gloves and musks, and wash your hands well afterward for your health safety.
Keep children away from the litters and make sure they don’t touch this anyway. Wash their hands too if they have accidentally touched.
You should ocean the dirt every night by keeping some litter in it that carries smells to encourage the kitten to use it next time. When your kitten starts going outside, it is recommended to keep the litter box close to the entrance.
Otherwise, the process should be very easy and you will find success after a try and attention of your several days.
In most of the cases, the kitten will be using the litter after it has done it earlier, several times.