Litter Box Training your Kitten
Cats and kittens are naturally very clean and will probably already know how to use a litter box by the time you bring them home. Typically, all you need to do is provide a litter box that is big enough for them to move around in, with enough litter to fill the bottom of the pan.
Keep in mind that even the best behaved kitten will sometimes have accidents. Never scold your kitten for these accidents as this will only make the problem worse. Instead, praise your kitten each time they use their litter box and offer treats or pieces of dry cat food as a reward. This will get them back on track in no time at all.
Litter Box Training
It’s a good idea to have one more litter box than you have cats. For example, if you have two cats then you should have three litter boxes. When you bring your new kitten home you will need to show them where the litter boxes are located. It might also be helpful to put your kitten in the litter box after meals.
For best results, keep the litter box in a quiet location, away from your pet’s food, water and bedding. You will also need to keep the litter box clean. Many cats and kittens will refuse to use a dirty litter box.
When They Just Won’t Use the Box
If your kitten is refusing to use the litter box it’s a good idea to start by making some adjustments. Try different types of litter and litter boxes. Cats can be picky about smells as well. If you are using a strong smelling detergent to clean the box, this could be the reason that they have stopped using it. Only use unscented, mild detergent to clean litter boxes. Never use harsh disinfectants as these can be harmful to your pet.
If simple adjustments don’t work, then it’s time to take your cat to its veterinarian. Cats and kittens that are suffering from urinary tract infections or other illnesses will often stop using their litter box. Your vet can rule out any underlying conditions.
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