Toilet Training Your New Kitten
Congratulations on your new purry bundle of joy! Now that you've got your new kitten home, your first priority is probably training them to use the litterbox. Fortunately cats value cleanliness very highly, so toilet training is usually fairly easy.
First off, you need to manage your expectations. There will be accidents from time to time at the start; this is normal as your kitten is still learning! It is very important that you don't punish your kitten if they do have an accident. Rubbing their nose in the evidence or shouting at them will only make them fearful and less likely to do what you want them to. If you catch your kitten in the act, quietly pick him up and place him in the litterbox. Make sure you clean any mishaps up with an enzymatic cleaner, otherwise the smell left behind could encourage him to toilet in the same place again.
What Litter and Litter Box Should I Use?
The litter and litter box that you choose will come down to personal preference. For more information about different types of kitty litter, see our cat litter selection guide. If your kitten was already using litter when he was with mum, try and get the one he is familiar with to start with. If he has never used litter before, you could offer a 'buffet' of options to see what he prefers. With regards to the litter box make sure that the sides or entrance are low enough for your little kitten to get over with ease. Make sure you place the litter boxes in a location that offers your kitten some privacy, away from dogs, children and noisy appliances.
Introduce Your Kitten to the Litterbox
To begin with, try to limit your kitten's access to a few rooms of the house. This allows you to monitor his activity and means the litterbox is always within easy reach. Gently place your kitten in the litterbox at an opportune time, such as after playing, waking up from a nap, or finishing a meal. If your kitten has an accident, you could also place some of his faeces in the litterbox for a while to give him the right idea.
Keep It Clean
Once your kitten has used the litterbox, make sure to clean up the mess promptly. He will be much more likely to return to the litterbox if it is nice and clean. Use a scoop to remove solid waste on a daily basis and change the litter completely every week or two. Have a look at the litter pack; most will have a guide as to how often it should be replaced.
Remember to be patient with your new kitten. It will take a little trial and error but by providing him with a clean and inviting litterbox, your kitten will be using it like a pro in no time!
When Carla isn't talking about petcare at PetCircle, she enjoys playing mum to her fluffy little cross-eyed feline fur baby, Smudge.
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