Toilet Training Your New Kitten


This article is written by Pet Circle veterinarian, Dr Carla Paszkowski BVSc (Hons)

Congratulations on your new, furry, purry bundle of joy! Now that your kitten is settling into their new home, one of your first priorities is likely to be litter box training.

Do kittens need to be toilet trained? Fortunately, cats value cleanliness and naturally want to bury their waste. Indoor cats usually take to using a litter box naturally, so long as it is accessible and clean. This means that toilet training is usually fairly easy and straightforward!

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First off, you need to manage your expectations. There will be accidents from time to time. This is normal as your kitten is still learning! It is very important that you don't punish your kitten if they 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 them up and place them in the litter box. 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.

Step 1: Get the Supplies

What is the best cat litter and litter box for a kitten?

The litter and litter box that you choose will come down to personal preference. If your kitten was already using litter when they were in their previous home, try and use the same one to start with.

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.

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Smartcat Corner Litter Box

The SmartCat Corner Litter Box conveniently fits into corner spots in your home to help keep your cats litter out of sight and out of mind.

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This litter tray gives your cat privacy whilst also hygienically retaining litter inside their pan.

Step 2: 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 their activity and means the litterbox is always within easy reach.

Gently place your kitten in the litter box at an opportune time, such as after playing, waking up from a nap, or finishing a meal. If your kitten has an accident, you may also place some of their faeces in the litterbox for a while to give them the right idea.

Step 3: Keep It Clean

Once your kitten has used the litter box, make sure to clean up the mess promptly. Your cat 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 back of the litter packet; 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!

Further Reading

Complete New Kitten Guide

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