Kittens are wonderful. It’s one of those undeniable facts of life: their love for playing, their cuteness and the comfort they bring their owners as they curl up in a small ball to sleep on their laps in the evening. They do bring one source of frustration, however; and it’s how to train them to use a litter tray. Up until 4 weeks old the kitten’s mother will stimulate the kitten to go to the toilet, after 4 weeks they can be trained to use a litter tray. By following these tips below you will be able to train your kitten to use their litter tray properly, leaving you free from the stress of having to clean up after them or searching your home for the source of bad odours.
Introduce The Litter Box
This may seem obvious but it is still vitally important to introduce your kitten to their tray. They need to be able to find it and know where it is. For most kittens they will instinctively know that the grains are where they should go to the toilet. If your kitten is hesitant to use it, you can gently paw the litter yourself to introduce them to the purpose of the tray.
Choose The Right Litter Box
Imagine being the size of a small kitten: everything is enormous and intimidating. This includes their litter trays. If the tray is too big, the kitten will be frightened of its size and they may not be able to get inside of it. This creates the obvious problem of them not wanting to use the place specifically designed for their toileting needs. In nature cats like to use the toilet in a place where they can easily escape from potential predators, so enclosed cat trays may not be suitable. Choosing the right litter box may seem like a simple task, but if little thought is put into it, there will be problems when it comes to training.
Right Type Of Litter
Cats can be fussy. Their finicky nature extends to the type of cat litter they prefer which can make finding the right one difficult. Most cats will prefer softer grains and it is best to start your kitten with these. When the kitten does not like the litter, they won’t use the tray and training them will become difficult and frustrating. If this problem occurs, the best solution is to try another type of litter until you find one they like.
Plan Where To Place The Litter Tray
There’s no getting away from the fact that a litter box can be unappealing to look at. However, they serve an obvious practical purpose and hiding the tray away in a hard to find place will make it hard for your kitten to find it. It’s best to put it in an open space that isn’t surrounded by toys or furniture.
Do Not Punish Them!
When your kitten has an accident – which will happen lots of times – you should not shout and overreact. They will not know what they have done wrong! They are still learning and punishing them serves no purpose. As these accidents are inevitable, it is best to have an enzymatic cleaner to hand to clear up the mess. Cat urine smells can be especially difficult to remove, but with an enzymatic cleaner for cat urine, 99.9999% of the odour will be eaten away by organic processes. They are completely safe for pets and children, so you don’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals while your home will be free from bad odours.
Keep The Litter Tray Clean
Cats are very clean animals and they do not like their trays to have mess inside. When training your kitten, it is best to remove waste after each time it’s used. Having a clean tray will make the kitten more likely to use it and get into the habit of using it. As they get older, it can be emptied once a day.
It is important to reward your kitten each time they use their tray. Cats like treats, too! It is best to reward them immediately after and close to the litter tray so they associate the treat and positive affirmation they receive with using their litter tray.
Litter training a kitten can be a frustrating task, and sometimes there will be accidents. Using our guide above will make the whole process much smoother and we promise your home will be much cleaner.