Kittens will naturally want to relieve themselves in sand or soil; they will look for the same or a similar place in your house.
With the following tips you can help your cat to adapt to the litter tray in no time.
Enough Litter Trays
Provide enough litter Trays for the cats you have in the house. It is recommended to provide a litter Tray for every cat plus one additional one. It is important when litter training that the kitten will not miss a Tray when he needs to go.
Keep the Litter Tray Tidy
Cats do not like a filthy environment. You should scoop the litter with the waste everyday if possible and chuck it in the waste bin. Every once a week you should do a thorough change and clean the litter Tray properly with a soft brush and warm water before refilling with fresh litter.
Position Litter Tray In A Quiet Place
Cats appreciate the privacy when they need to do their business. Noises and activities will hinder the cat litter training. Place the litter Tray in a quiet place, especially away from noise and other pets.
Provide a Litter Tray With Relatively Lower Sides
When Kitten Litter training, it is important that they are not afraid to get into and out of the tray, so provide a tray that has lower sides to ease movement in and out. Also for older cats that are not agile enough provide a tray they can access easily.
Be Consistent With The Litter Type
Kittens that have gotten used to the feel of a certain kind of litter will easily adapt to the same type. If you are getting your kitten from a breeder or rescue house, always use the litter type that your kitten was used to.
Cats Like To Dig & Bury Their Waste
Cats will always prefer the toilet where they can dig and bury their waste, to reduce the chances of them going into your laundry basket or potted plants, always fill the cat’s litter tray with sufficient litter for the cat to dig & bury her stuff.
Use Cat Friendly Products
Cats do not like strong scents; sometimes these smells can repel them to go looking for alternative places. Some products can be irritating and even cause them respiratory problems. Do not clean trays that have foul- smelling disinfectants as well as those that contain phenol, which is often considered toxic to cats.
Regular feeding will help you to predict when your cat is mostly likely to go because it also creates a regular pattern of relieving himself. To assist new kittens adapt to the litter tray, place her in the litter tray each time she has woken up or eaten, as this is when he's most likely to need to use it.
Associating The Smell With The Litter Tray
Cats associate the smell of their urine with their toilet. When you see your cat sniffing at your floor, it is most likely that he needs to go and you should place the cat in the tray.
Do Not Scold or Punish Your Cat
Kittens and Cats in general do not take well to punishment.
The best way to train a cat is by encouragement and positive reinforcement.
In case your kitten messes your floor or carpet, mop or even pick it up using a piece of soft material such as tissue and then put it in the litter tray.
This will help the cat to associate going with the litter Tray.
Also clean the soiled area thoroughly to remove all the scents.
Finally, always make sure that the Litter tray is the first thing the kitten gets to associate with when you bring them to your house.