The majority of cats are easy to litter tray train. Most will begin to use the tray shortly after being acquainted with it. You may even find that your new kitten already knows how to use a litter pan, as kittens often learn how to use them by watching their mothers. Keep in mind that cats can be very finicky. They can be easily put off by something for lots of reasons – some of which we may never understand!. That’s why it’s important to choose the right box, and train your cat properly
Before you begin litter training your kitten, it is worth remembering that cats actually prefer to do their business outside and then cover it up – unless they are deliberately marking their territory. Using a cat litter pan actually goes against a cat’s natural instincts, and that is why it is important to provide a litter tray that is acceptable to your cat.
How to Perform Litter Box Training Your Kitten
To achieve success in litter pan training, observe the following tips and recommendations:
1. Your kitten will litter train easier if she uses the same type of litter she’s been used to. Find out what she’s been using, and purchase the same brand and type.
2. Choose a litter box that is easy for your kitten to use, and then fill the tray with litter to the depth recommended by the cat litter manufacturer – the tray should be deep enough to prevent the litter from been scattered over the floor whilst being used.
3. Be sure to put the litter tray somewhere that can be easily accessed by your cat. A traffic-free corner is best and be sure to keep it far from your kitten’s food and water. In some cases, it helps to provide your kitten with more than one litter pan, to allow for greater access to a tray in your home.
4. In multi-cat houses, you should purchase a separate litter box for each cat and place it in its own area. Most cats like to do their business in solitude, and are put off by having to share a litter box.
5. The best way to start introducing your kitten to its tray is to place it in there regularly, particularly after meals. Always give your kitten praise when she gets in the litter box, even more when she finally uses it.
6. Remove any soiled litter regularly and give the tray a thorough clean at least once a week. Because many household solutions can be harmful to your cat, it’s always best to clean the litter tray with a disinfectant made especially for pets. Some cats dislike strong, chemical scents. Avoid cleaners that have a strong smell, as they may discourage your cat from using the litter box. It is also worth remembering that if you are pregnant you should not change cat litter pans due to the risk of toxoplasmosis.
7. Because cats can develop a condition known as cystitis from not “going” regularly, never leave your kitten alone with a litter box available.
Since cats don’t typically respond to verbal commands as dogs do, you need to be very patient during the training process. If you see your kitten scratching or squatting, pick her up right away and place her in the litter pan. Most cats will begin to learn very quickly, however, sometimes it takes a bit more patience. If you find that your kitten still doesn’t get the message, then you could try using a spray that is specially formulated to attract cats to their litter boxes. For the stubborn cat that decides to use furniture or another undesired area for relieving herself, there are cat deterrent sprays available to keep this from happening. If all goes well, your kitten will soon begin to use her litter box herself without any further intervention from you.