Tips for when your cat or kitten wont use a litter box – Part 1

I must admit I was pretty much blessed with kittens that were very well litter trained, while on the contrary, I have had some friends that were desperately dealing with kittens that had no clue what litter boxes were for. I do not think these kittens lacked IQ but one must think what goes on in these little kitten’s minds. I guess litter box training for kittens is an equal process as potty training for children, some pick it up sooner some pick it up later. Eventually, everyone will learn. Following are some tips that may aid your kitten in the process.

1)What age is your kitten?

First of all, if kitty is very young, you must keep this in mind as most breeders allow kittens to go home only once they are 10 to 12 weeks. The reason behind this is because at this age kittens have been able to be well socialized and have learned from their mother many aspects of life and litter training is among them.

When taken early away then you must substitute mother cat and help kitty learn. As mentioned above, some kittens learn pretty quick while others may take longer but all will get it sooner or later. There are many things to keep in mind that can help litter training.

2)How large is your home?

Imagine a tiny kitten is a large home. The new smells, the new sights, the new people. All this can get pretty overwhelming! So expect a few accidents the first days you have your kitty. To reduce such accidents close your kitten in a small room such as a bathroom with his food, water bowl and litter box. A normal sized house may seem like a mansion to a tiny kitten! He may get lost at times and wonder where he is…

3) What size is the litter box?

Something to consider is that kittens are pretty small, so make sure that kitty will not need to climb up the litter box. I had fostered kittens at 4 weeks and no wonder they were not interested in the litter box, they could hardly see it and had to climb over it! Then I substituted their litter box with a shoe box cover for the first weeks and then 2 weeks later I got a low litter box that was easy to get into.

4) Where is the litter box located?

Cats do not like to have their litter box near their food. Having food and litter boxes close by is a big no-no, as a matter of fact if your kitty has accidents near furniture or in a corner put its food there now, kitty will not like it as a potty anymore!

Also avoid putting the litter box in busy high traffic areas. Cats need their privacy and the normal

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