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How to Litter Train a Kitten,
How to Litter Train a Kitten – cats,
Want to learn how to litter train a kitten? Watch this video and we’ll teach you very important steps to follow!

First thing to keep in mind, is cats will respond to
training and to teaching better when they are kittens. So, if you have a
little baby cat, a little kitten, definitely a good time to start the
litter box training early. I like to start it as early as possible. A lot
of times, they will also learn how to use the litter from their mother. So,
if you happen to have the mother cat around or a cat that a kitten seems to
have bonded with, try and have them go to the bathroom in front of the
kittens, because watching them scratch, watching the adult cat move around
in the box, does give the kitten some ideas to what they really are
expected to do. Placing the kittens, frequently, and repetitively, over and
over again, into the box, even moving their cars and their paws for them,
in order to simulate some form of scratching behavior is definitely a good
idea, as well. One of the best things, and best ways that I’ve ever heard,
as far as trying to get a cat to become litter box trained, is take your
cat or your kitten, put him a bathroom or a small little area, and leave
multiple litter boxes in the room, each with a different amount of litter,
and a different type of litter. See which one your cat likes the best. And
at that point, you can basically determine what type of litter your cat
will like, how much litter he tends to like. Does he make a big mess when
he goes to the bathroom? And over and over again, you will see the
repetition, that they really will choose a preference.

Once they have established a preference of what type of litter they want,
then you can slowly begin to allow them access to the rest of the house,
once you’re comfortable with them peeing normally. Another good way to try
and get your cat to go into the litter box, is put the litter box in a
comfortable area for them. You certainly don’t want to put the litter box
next to the dog bed or next to the dog house. You want to put the litter
box in a nice, quiet place, the cat will be able to go about his business
undisturbed, because they really can be very, very private when it comes to
their bathroom habits. So, definitely take that into account. There also
are some synthetic pheromone sprays that you can use. And a good thing to
do is put them around the litter box area, because the cats can become
attracted to that, and again, also give them the repetition, a nice little
sense of where they should be going to the bathroom. But overall, it really
is repetition, placing them in the litter box, as frequently as possible,
helping to stimulate that scratching behavior. And a lot of times, cats
will pick up on it fairly quickly. If you are having a lot of difficulty
with trying to get your cat litter box trained, there are a lot of
veterinarian behaviorists out there, that you can always talk to. And I
recommend discussing it with your veterinarian, to see if there’s any
changes that you can make to your current protocol, that may help your cat
go to the bathroom a little bit easier, and become a little bit better at
litter box training.

This is a good sized litter box for your average size cat. Always make sure
that the litter box is the appropriate size for your animal, as well. You
certainly can’t expect a big cat to go into a small box. And sometimes,
small cats actually are intimidated to go in a box that is way too big for
them. So, you have a nice amount of litter in here. I usually put enough
litter to only allow them a scratching sensation. You do not have to fill
it up all the way to the top. And I like to put the cats or the kittens in
the box, and just maybe take their paw, and try and have them scrape
through it, very, very gently. So this way, they get a really, really good
idea, as to how they’re supposed to be using it, and also, get a sense as
to what kind of texture, and what kind of substrate they like. Litters come
in a wide variety of ranges, so please keep in mind that your cat may not
necessarily like the litter that you’re using. Try multiple types of
litter, and I think that that can definitely help you, and your cat a
little bit more adjusted to the litter box training. Host: Dr. Eric Dougherty, DVM
Medical Director, The Cat Practice

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