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So you have a new kitten! These must be very exciting times for you. Adopting a new kitten is without doubt, one of the best decisions you’ve made – or you’ll soon discover it to be so. But taking care of cats can be a lot of work and a big responsibility. You’ll have to teach her to behave and follow orders from scratch.One of the most important things you’ll have to teach her is how to use the kitty litter or the litter box. Many cats don’t really have a problem using the litter box because they are basically clean, self-grooming creatures. Chances are that she has already learnt from her mom about using the litter box. But if she was adopted from a very young age, she might need some help. So all you’ll have to do is push them in the right direction. Here are a few tips that you can use to teach your new kitty how to use the litter box.
- Fencing InJust like how you would train your dog using a crate, train your new kitten by using a modified version of the crate technique. You’ll need to section off a part of the room and place the bedding, litter box, toys, and dishes in there. You can then introduce your kitten to the space. By fencing them in, you’re not giving them much choice other than to use the litter box.Although some may get it right at first try, it may take some getting used to so stock up on cleaners, paper towels, and a lot of patience. Remember to use non-toxic cleaning solutions.
- Your Choice of Kitty Litter MattersShe wants to be comfortable when she does her business. Most cats prefer unscented litter that has the consistency of garden soil or beach sand. Kittens are pretty small and they might sometimes eat the litter and this can cause blockages. Avoid using clay litter to prevent blockages.
- Less is Not Always MoreCats are free animals. Don’t just keep one litter box at one place in the house. Especially is you have multiple stories. Have at least one litter box per floor. Place them in private, quiet places so she can have her peace while she’s doing her thing. Don’t over fill the box.
- Be the Mom CatIf your kitty lacks a mother figure who would usually show her all the dos and don’ts, then be the mommy cat for her. Walk her to the litter box after she wakes up or before a meal. And after she’s finished, take her paw in your hand and show her how to hide the evidence.
Cats are intelligent creatures and they’ll get the hang of using a litter box soon enough. If you have any trouble at all, don’t hesitate to call the vet.