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If there’s anything cuter than a kitten who just pooped, I don’t know what it is. If you’ve recently added a kitten to your family or are considering adopting one, you’ll spend hours playing, laughing, cuddling (and maybe tearing a curtain or two, but it’s worth it).

One of the first things new kitten parents worry about is making sure their little friend knows how to use the litter box. Fortunately, litter box training isn’t that difficult. In fact, many of them have already learned this important skill before they even arrive at your home.

Whether you’re lucky enough to bring home a kitten who’s already using the litter box, or your little friend needs a little help getting her to use it regularly, there are a few things you need to know to prepare her to be a faithful litter box user for the rest of her life.

Here are my top tips for teaching your kitten to use her litter box.

Choosing the right litter boxes

Yes, that’s right, litter boxes. As a general rule, you should have one box for each cat in the house, plus an extra box. So if your kitten is the first feline member of your family, you should start with two litter boxes. But even if you already have a set of litter boxes for the cats currently living in your home, you’ll need to add another one to accommodate your new arrival.

The number of boxes isn’t the only thing to think about. Remember, your new kitten has short legs. So you need to make sure the litter boxes you choose don’t have walls that are too high for her to climb. You can always switch to a high-sided box later on.

It’s also important to know that while a covered box may seem like a good idea, many cats prefer to relieve themselves outdoors rather than in a dark enclosure that harbors all sorts of unpleasant odors. Starting with an open box is the best way to encourage your kitten to go where you want her to go.

Location, location

Ideally, place each litter box in a quiet area, separate from where the kitten eats and sleeps. Although you may be tempted to place them in a totally secluded area, they should be easily accessible. If your kitten has to find her litter box in the darkest corner of the basement, she’s likely to find a more convenient place to relieve herself.

Many cats and kittens prefer a corner because they may feel exposed when using the litter box. By placing the litter box in a corner, they can closely monitor their surroundings.

Show them where it is

Your kitten’s litter box will be ready the day she gets home, but you don’t want to wait for her to find it on her own. You can teach your kitten to use the litter box by placing her in it periodically, especially after she’s eaten or woken up from a nap.

If your kitten doesn’t start digging for herself when you put her in the box, you can teach her by gently grabbing her front paws and helping her scratch. Once she does, give her some space. He’ll be happy to see if he’s doing his business, but he’ll be more willing to go if he has some privacy. When she’s done, praise her and give her a treat.

Dealing with accidents

As your kitten learns to use the litter box, she’s likely to have occasional accidents. If you catch her in the act, quickly pick her up and carefully place her in the nearest litter box. Never scream when this happens. This will only scare her and teach her to associate the litter box with problems.

Clean up each incident with an enzyme-based cleaner designed for pet odors so that no lingering odor remains that would entice him to return to the “scene of the crime.”

The Secret of Litter

Choosing the right litter box can make a big difference. Remember that cats have very sensitive noses. So avoid anything that has a lot of artificial odors. They may mask odors, but they may be too strong for your kitten. The best way to control odors and encourage your cat to continue using the litter box is to clean it regularly.

I only use the world’s best cat litter in Olivia’s litter boxes. It’s made from super-absorbent natural corn, so it’s good for cats, people, and the planet. It offers incredible odor and clumping control and is available in a variety of formulas to meet the needs of all cat families. Plus, it is 99% dust-free and washable, keeping litter boxes clean.

With the right litter and a little patience, your kitty will be using the litter box in no time.

 

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