So you have brought a new cat into the family and need some tips on where to start potty training kittens. We have good news for you! It's much easier to teach kittens to use the potty than it is to teach a new puppy to use the outside bathroom. Often, your new kitten will already know what to do in the litter tray by watching good old mummy cat do her job. Her strong natural instinct to want to bury the deed will also help her. Start training your kitten at home as soon as your new companion enters the house.

The Potty Training Kittens
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Getting the right material


Go ahead and double your litter boxes when you teach your kittens to get clean. If you have a larger house with two levels, keep one on each level and place them in semi-covered areas that are easily accessible but offer some privacy. This privacy will help your kitten feel safer during her stay. 


There are many different types of cat litter, from lumpy litter to natural clay to products made of recycled paper, etc. Some cats don't care what type of litter you use, while other cats are extremely fussy and will not use it if they don't like the smell or consistency. To start potty training kittens, use a simple, unscented, non-clumping litter (kittens sometimes eat litter, and the type of clumping litter can be extremely harmful to their digestive system). You can experiment with other litter types when your cat is older and fully developed.


As with dogs, you can use positive reinforcement to train your kitten to use the litter tray. Reward her with a reward each time she successfully uses the litter tray!

How do you train a kitten at home?

When you take your new kitten home, you should have her litter box already installed and prepared. Place your kitten in the birthing box one at a time and let her sniff and smell around. Don't move the boxes around the house, as this could confuse your kitten when she learns to potty.

If you notice your kitten trying to crouch, put her in the whelping box immediately. You should also put her in the litter box after every meal and when she wakes up after a nap. Don't forget to reward your kitten with a reward if she uses the whelping box.
Cat litter box care

Toilet training for a kitten also includes the care of the litter tray. It is important to collect and clean your cat's litter tray regularly. A full, smelly litter tray can deter cats from using it and encourage them to use your carpet instead. The chemical composition of cat urine makes it one of the most difficult odours to eliminate once it has seeped into your carpet and trim. And once a cat has started using an area of your home outside the box, it will return to that area until the smell is eliminated. Use special pet enzyme-based cleaners to break down and eliminate the smell of cat pee.

Collect the litter every day to remove lumps. Once the litter no longer controls odours, about once a week, you should dispose of the old litter tray. Then clean the tray with mild soap and water and add fresh litter.

Useful hint: Some cats have a terrible purpose and may end up peeing right in front of the litter tray if they think it goes into the litter tray itself. Use a plastic or rubber mat under your cat's litter box to catch spilt and over-spilled litter. 

Most kittens get used to using the litter tray the way ducks drink. As mentioned earlier, their natural instinct is to use loose soil to bury evidence. Although accidents can happen, remember not to shout at your kitten. Use treats and positive reinforcement to educate your kitten to adulthood.

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