Cat health care: Litterbox training

Posted on September 17, 2010 under Cat Articles

Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
Two kittens play play with each other.

Once you’ve brought your new little ball of fluff home, you should introduce your kitten to the litter box—ideally cat box training should begin the very first day you have your cat.

According to the Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook, kittens are born with the instinct to dig in loose material and this instinct is used when training kittens to use a litter box. Letting your kitten know where the litter box is will hopefully cut down on any pet health problems or future accidents.

Place kitty litter boxes in quiet areas of the house. Clumping litter is the preferred type of litter to use in the box because it tends to be easier for cleanup. When training a kitten, leave a small amount of urine and feces in the litter box so that the kitten can smell it and associate the box with going potty. Once the kitten is trained you can fully clean the litter box as necessary.

To ensure proper cat health care and limit accidents, it’s a good idea to put the kitten in the litter box after it has been sleeping, eating or playing. If you notice your kitten scratching the floor, or displaying other signs that it may need to relieve itself, place them in the litter box immediately.

Keep placing them in the box until they begin to use the litter box on their own. In the beginning, you may want to confine the kitten to one room until they get used to using the litter box before giving them free reign of the house.

Put a litter box on each level of the house. This will ensure that the kitten can get to a litter box in a timely manner. It is also recommended that you have one litter box per cat to ensure that a box is available at all times.

If you have trouble getting your kitten to use its litter box, talk to your veterinarian to ensure your cat is in good pet health.