Typically, litter box or house training your cat is not too difficult. By nature, cats are drawn to use secluded sandy spots as a toilet. Subsequently, most cats will be inclined to use a litter box without much persuasion. However, there are occasions when problems can arise. In those instances, these handy hints will help.
1. Even if you plan on letting your cat roam outdoors, it is still advisable to litter train your kitten, as he, or she, will not be able to go outside until after all vaccinations have been given (2-3 weeks). In addition, for the time that your cat does spend indoors it is a good idea to learn the appropriate place to use as a toilet.
2. With a cat in the house, it is wise not to have potted house plants, as your cat may use the soil in the pot as litter. Subsequently, it is advisable to remove anything that a cat would naturally be drawn to, so his, or her, only option is the litter tray.
3. Choose a litter tray, or box, that is an appropriate size for your kitten, if it is too deep, your cat will be reluctant to climb in, so be sure that it is easy for your cat to get in and out of the litter box.
4. The type of litter is also important, because cats dislike brands that are too coarse and/or scented. It is also wise to avoid clumping brands for a kitten, as kittens are prone to eat litter and clumping brands can be very harmful to a youngster.
5. Position the box in a location that is quiet and is not frequently disturbed by people traffic. Cats and kittens like to find a private spot, so if the litter tray, or box, is somewhere noisy and busy, then your cat or kitten will be reluctant to use it.
6. When you bring a new cat or kitten into the house, it is a good idea to introduce him, or her, to the litter box before you begin training. Allow the cat to sniff the box and become familiar with it. Often, problems in house training arise, because the cat or kitten is fearful of the litter tray.
7. If you have kittens and an adult cat in the house, then the kittens are likely to learn from the adults. However, if there is no adult to demonstrate how to use the litter box, you may need to be a little more vigilant in the first two weeks or so.
8. Unsurprisingly, cats need to use the litter box shortly after eating, so it is wise to place your cat or kitten in or near the litter box after he, or she, has had a meal.
9. Watch for signs that your kitten is looking for a place to go. If your cat begins to use somewhere, other than the litter box, as a toilet, make a sudden loud noise, which will stop the cat in its tracks. Then, simply pick the cat up and place it in the litter box.
10. Cats are creatures of habit, so it will not take long until your kitten is consistently using the litter box. However, owners should be aware that sudden changes in the house, such as moving furniture and new animals or people can disturb a cat’s normal routine and he, or she, may decide to stop using the litter box. Therefore, it is wise to introduce any alterations gradually if possible.
Ideally, litter box training should take no longer than a couple of weeks. However, each cat is different and you may find that your cat takes slightly longer to learn.