Learning About the Litter Box

Litter Box Training

Litter box training should be easy for you and your kitten. Most kittens naturally feel the urge to dig in substrate material (such as litter box filler) as early as four weeks. If you interfere with your kitten while she’s in her litter box, she may develop an aversion to using it. Just be patient. Instinct will guide your kitten to developing good litter box habits.

There are some good litter box habits you should keep up too: always keep the box clean, remove soiled litter frequently and change the litter at least once a week or as needed. Put the box in a quiet place your kitten can access at all times.

Watch your kitten very carefully, especially when she wakes up and after meals. Place her in her box every time she shows signs of being ready to use it. Praise her lavishly to reinforce her great behavior.

If your kitten gets in the habit of leaving “presents” in places besides her litter box, it may be because the litter box is dirty, because you’ve changed the type of litter, or the location isn’t easy enough to access or is in too high a traffic area.

Ask yourself whether her litter box mishaps may be caused by stress. Try to find out what is causing the problem: is it a new baby in the house, a new type of cat litter, a new litter box or a change in diet? To make her feel more secure, play with her in the morning and as soon as you get home from work.

If your kitten lapses in litter box success and for a period of time, it could be the sign of something more serious. Urinary tract disorders can cause pain, burning and a constant urge to urinate, even when the bladder is not full. A kitten with this problem may be forced to pass a small amount of urine whenever and wherever the urge strikes. In this case, seek veterinarian immediately.

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