will mom teach the babies to use the litter box

Asked by Java on May 24th 2013 Tagged litterbox in Behavior & Training
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Yes, and how to groom & hunt too, that's why it is important not to take kitties too early from momma.

Ghost answered on 5/27/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

She should, as Ghost says. Kittens learn a lot from mom in their first weeks of life and some breeders recommend not removing the kittens from the mom until they're 10 weeks or older. Mom needs to be separated from any and all intact males, though, because she will probably go back into heat and that would not bode well for the babies. Mom usually teaches by example. The kittens will watch her use the box and hopefully "get the message". Sometimes, if mom is too young or not very maternal, the kittens don't learn well and that's when we have to step in. Make sure there is a low-sided box for them to use with not too much litter. It doesn't hurt to put the babies in the box after naps or meals, either and praise them when they "go". No nose-rubbing in accidents. That doesn't work and is cruel. Litter box training is VERY important. Not using the box is one of the main reasons cats are given up.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 5/28/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer