21 May How to Train Kittens to Use the Cat Litter Box
There are several things you need to do to help the mama cat train her kitties to develop good cat litter box habits. While the kids may try to follow mom’s example, here’s how you can help cement that success.
First, since kittens are so physically small and they’re still developing coordination and agility, it’s critical that you, the human mom, make sure they can easily get in and out of any cat litter box. The easiest way to do this is buy disposable aluminum roaster pans from your grocery store.
Kittens grow as fast as weeds in the summertime, so this is a temporary, but completely justifiable purchase.
If your regular litter boxes are too tall for the babies to climb in and out, they’ll become discouraged and they’ll select the easiest spot (for them, at least) to eliminate waste. Once they get this idea in their little heads, it could be hard to get out. So, don’t give them the excuse!
The type of litter you use for kittens can be dangerous. Kittens are incredibly curious creatures, they test everything with their mouths. If they eat clumping litter, this could kill them. Use a non-clumping litter for several weeks.
It won’t be any easier to watch them taste test the non-clumping litter, but neither will it be dangerous.
Depending upon the size of the litter, you’ll need at least two, and possibly several roasting pans.
Since the babies all pretty much eat at the same time, they’ll feel the call of nature in a group as well. You can ensure successful cat litter box habits by making certain there are enough boxes to accommodate a group elimination activity.
Young kitties don’t have great control of their bladder and bowel functions. Place all cat litter boxes in close proximity to their living quarters. Keep the pans away from their food and water, but don’t place them out of the same room, if possible. The closer the pans are, the better the chances are the babies will make it to the box in time to let loose.
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Also, make certain that mom is teaching the babies by the time they are five weeks old. If mom seems to be falling down on the job, you must step in during week five of their lives and start the training process. Shortly after the little ones have fed, take them to the litter pan, and place them in it. You may need to gently take a front paw, and scratch for them.
Fortunately, almost all cats “get it” very quickly. Your coaching period should be relatively short!