7 failsafe tips for kitty litter training

Cat litter training

Helping a new kitten become litter trained is an important part of being an owner. Not only will it save you from finding unpleasant surprises in your home, your cat will also be much happier with a safe, reliable place to toilet. 

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Top tips for introducing your pet to its litter tray

Cat litter training


1. Choose a litter tray

Naturally, you will need a litter tray. For very small kittens, the tray should have a low lip so the cat can get in and out easily. Choose a tray large enough to allow the kitten to dig around without kicking litter and mess over the edge. As your kitten ages, you will need to buy a deeper, larger tray. 

2. Buy cat litter

Cats often have preferences about their litter; some like clumping types, while others prefer a softer, finer grain. If your kitten will be an indoor cat, softer may be better as it will have softer paw pads than its outdoor cousins. Use litter to the recommended depth and avoid scented litters or liners, which might upset your kitten’s delicate nose. 

3. Choose a site for the litter tray

Just like us, cats prefer to have a little privacy when they are doing their business. They also have a strong sense of cleanliness and do not like to toilet anywhere near the place where they eat and drink. Use one tray per cat, placed somewhere quiet and private that can be accessed at any time of day. 

4. Introducing your kitten to the litter tray

Ideally, a kitten will spend its first 12-14 weeks with its mother, who will teach it how to use a litter tray. If your kitten has not learned this way, you need to teach it yourself. Place your kitten in the tray at times when nature is likely to call: when they wake up and after meals. If you spot your kitten sniffing, scratching or crouching on the floor, gently place it in the tray as this is a sign they are ready to go. 

5. Dealing with privacy issues

Some cats will be shyer than others about using a litter tray. If your pet seems to want more privacy, consider getting a lidded tray for extra privacy. 

6. What to do if your kitten refuses to use the tray

Most kittens take to the litter tray quite easily without any problems. However, if your kitten isn’t getting the idea, do not scold or punish them as this will only cause more stress. Clean up the mess and start again. It may help to confine the kitten to a cage or small room with only a bed, food, water and the litter tray for a day to help remove distractions. 

Cat litter training

7. If your cat stops using the litter tray

Felines like to be clean, so they will only stop using a litter tray if something is wrong. Wetting on the floor can be a sign of disease, so rule this out with a vet. Cats also sometimes avoid their tray if they feel unsettled, whether by a change in the household or a new pet or type of litter.

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