Training Tips


Are you having difficulty training your kitten to use the litter box? Here are a few training tips to assist you.


Cats are naturally clean creatures. Teaching them to use the litter box encourages this inherent instinct. Most kittens and cats easily learn to use their litter box ... and they will usually continue to use it unless it gets too dirty. Here are a few tips to help your kitten along:

Place the litter box in a clean, relatively quiet and accessible location. Keep it away from high-traffic areas and be sure your kitten has access to it any time it is needed. Be sure to keep the litter box out of reach of children as well as the other animals in the household.

Show the kitten where it is. Place the kitten in the box and let it sniff. Some people have found it useful to rake their fingers through the litter to show their kitten what they want it to do.

If you have more than one cat, consider a separate litter box for each. Cats generally don't like to eliminate in the same place as other cats.

Keep the litter box clean. Scoop out soiled litter daily, and change the entire box every week, putting in fresh litter. You can wash out the box with a solution of water and vinegar to help reduce the odor, and then add a little baking soda to the litter itself. Four to six inches of fresh litter is usually plenty.

Don't place the litter box near her food and water. Cats don't like to use the litter box where they eat.

Clean any accidents immediately. If your kitten does have an accident, clean the area right away with a half and half solution of white vinegar and water. This will help to eliminate the odor and hopefully prevent the kitten from returning to that spot.

Never punish your kitten for having an accident. Do not strike it or rub its nose in the mess; instead, firmly say "No!", then place the kitten in the litter box and praise it there.


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