How to Train a Kitten to Use a Litter Box

Now that you have a kitten, have you learned the best ways of training the kitten to
use a litter box? Unlike dogs, cats are very clean and it is easier to train kittens on how to use a litter box. Kittens learn from their mothers about litter boxes, but if the kitten is very young, it may require assistance from you.

If an early separation of the kitten from its mother in the early stages of life, then the kitten may end up pooping outside the litter box. Thus, the need for how to train kittens to use a litter box.

Note that even stray kittens may need help to use litter box. If you have acquired a stray cat, or you have adopted one you will need to train them with a litter box because such kittens have zero Adult cat in red plastic binexperience with kitten litter.

A stray kitten may have been taught by its mother to cover its pee or poop using dirt or leaves but that does not translate to using cat litter. If you have a kitten, then you can follow the  ideas presented here.

Have the Best Litter Box, Kittens Can Be Picky

Choose a litter box with an open-top. A shallow litter box is an excellent option as it is easy for the kitten to access and locate. The box should have enough space to allow the kitten to move about. When choosing the right size, make sure that the litter box is high enough so that you can place enough litter to cover the excrement. However, make sure that the sides are low enough depending on the size of the kitten so that the kitten easily goes in and out of the litter box. Here is an article the I wrote on How to Help Cats Adjust to a New Home that can be helpful with new cats

If you have more than one kitten or cat, ensure that each cat has its own litter box. If your house has more than one floor, it is advisable to have a litter box on every floor.

Important tips for Litter Boxes

  • Never use litters that have deodorants
  • Pregnant women and children should not
    touch or handle cat’s excrement
  • Be patient during the training period
  • Pay attention to what your kitten
  • Offer some treats to the kitten after they
    use the litter box successfully


Have the Right Kitten Litter, Kittens Like Comfort Too

Buying the right kitten litter helps in making the kitten have a positive attitude towards using a litter
box. Kittens are more comfortable using fine texture litter. Most kittens do not like coarse litter and try as much as possible to have an unscented litter.

At the initial stages, try to use different types of litter to check your kitten’s preference. Some of the available types of litter are such as crystal, biodegradable, non-clumping, and clumping.

Place Box in a Strategic Place – Kittens Are Great Pet Detectives

kitten in a wooden box

Generally, cats prefer to have a different location of the litter box from their feeding place. Kittens are also drawn to corners. Therefore, place the litter box in a corner and make sure that the place is clean and does not have any clutter.

When training a kitten how using litter box, make it easy for the kitten to locate the litter box
fast. Kittens also love privacy, so place the litter tray in a private place and away from its bed. Initially, one can have several litter boxes to enable fast access to the litter box whenever the kitten needs to poop or pee. Veterinary’s say each kitten should have its own litter box.

Familiarize Your Kitten to the Litter Box

Very young kittens may not understand the purpose of the litter box. Therefore, try to place the kitten into the litter box when it might need using bathroom. For instance, place the cat in the litter box after a nap or after eating. Try to encourage the kitten to move its paws in a scratching or digging movement in the litter to encourage it. You may even scratch at the cat’s litter to show the kitten how it is supposed to do.

 Keep the Litter Box Clean and Tidy

No one likes to use a dirty bathroom, and cats being naturally clean animals are no different. Cats may avoid a dirty litter box. Make sure that you regularly clean the litter box. One should clean the litter box at least once per day. The Humane Society recommends a cleaning every other day for best results.

Avoid using strong disinfectants and always make sure that they are unscented. Thorough rinsing should follow so that there are no traces of the disinfectants on the litter box. The rule of thumb is to clean the box every day and wash the litter box at least weekly.

Remember, you won’t use a dirty and smelly toilet with poop all over it, neither should your kittens. Do not frighten or discipline the kitten when accidents happen.

Training your kitten will take several days. Be patient and do not get mad when you see your kitten relieving itself outside the litter box. In the initial stages, accidents will happen, and you should handle them calmly. Do not attempt to place the kitten’s nose on the excrement, as it is counterproductive. This is the Self Cleaning Litter Box we recommend.

Besides, this might make the kitten associate the cat litter box with negativity. Instead, reward or praise the kitten every time she uses the litter box successfully. Here is our Manual Operation  Litter Box recommendation.

Remember, if these suggestions are not working, then a call to your vet may be in order. Barring any medical condition that is preventing the kitten from using litter box, veterinarians can give additional training suggestions.

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  1. Hello Stephen,
    I really enjoyed your article. I am not a cat lover, but my husband has a cat and she keeps him in check. Great tips. I especially love the part – kittens are pet detectives – such a cute line…it made me smile…how true. Their little noses are the sniffers indeed and so characterizes them. Yes. Pets are sensitive about their living space and we should help them to be happy there. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks, Michelle for taking the time to stop by our site. Kittens are an experience that is second two none. Here is an article on dogs that you may not have seen. Please stop by often as we update this site on a regular basis.

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