How to Litter Train a Kitten

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Whilst kittens have a natural tendency to use a litter tray; it’s essential that we do as much as we can to help ensure a cat understands where it is you want them to relieve themselves.

Litter training kittens

To begin litter training your kitten, be observant and place your cat in the litter tray if you notice that they want to go. You can also place them on the tray at certain times during the day, perhaps when they have eaten or when they have woken up in the morning and before they go to sleep at night.

To show your kitten that using the litter tray is desirable behaviour after placing your kitten in the tray and once they have used it, reward them with a little cat treat. This will help your kitten associate the litter tray and going to the toilet with a positive experience.

Don’t pressurise your cat, but give them the opportunity to go in the right place at the right time.

You can also encourage or reward your cat with a reassuring and enthusiastic voice, keeping the tone soft and gentle.

Accidents in the home

Through toilet training your kitten, they will gradually become aware of the location of the litter tray and when it is to be used.

However, accidents can happen! If your kitten seems to be missing the litter tray, it could be down to some things:

  • Check if the litter tray is dirty
  • Your kitten might have reached sexual maturity
  • Your kitten might simply want attention

If accidents in the home are prolonged, seek veterinary advice.

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