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Basic Litter Training for Kittens

As long as you provide a nice litter box setup, your kitten is likely to catch on quick.

Jackie Brown  |  Nov 11th 2020


Luckily, a kitten’s instinct to bury or hide its waste is strong. As long as you provide a nice litter box setup, your kitten is likely to catch on quick.

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“Of the hundreds of kittens I have encountered, I can only think of two or three that needed help litter training,” says Jessica Watson, team lead — Cat World, certified animal training and enrichment professional with Best Friends Animal Society. “Solo kittens are the hardest as they don’t have brothers and sisters to help.”

Set your kitten up for success by following the golden rules of litter boxes: Have at least one box per cat plus one, make sure the boxes are large yet easy to enter (kittens may need a lower box or a ramp), place the boxes in quiet places away from food and sleeping areas, and use a soft, unscented litter.

If your kitten has an accident, remain calm, try not to show your displeasure and clean the mess up promptly.

“The kitten isn’t doing this on purpose — that is why we call them ‘accidents,’” Jessica says. “If the mess can be relocated to the litter box, I recommend doing that, which will let your kitty know where he should be going by marking the box with his scent.”

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