As soon as you bring a new kitten home, you may wonder how to litter box train your kitten. When they are around four weeks old, kittens will start to dig in dirt and other loose, dry material even if they have never seen this behavior in the mother cat.
Keep a new kitten with you in the room you are in most of the time.
This is so that you can watch for signs that it needs to relieve itself. It may meow or walk in a circle and appear to look for something. Pick it up gently without yelling or frightening it and put it in the litter box. Also, place it in the litter box after it eats and a few minutes after it wakes from a nap.
Kittens and cats by nature want to bury their waste and the kitten may start to dig or scratch on its own. If it does not after you have given it a little time, take one of the little front paws and move it in a scratching motion in the litter and it will probably get the idea. When it uses the box properly, pet it and give it a lot of praise.
Providing the Right Litter Box
The litter box should be large enough for the kitten to move around in freely with low enough sides so it can easily get in and out by itself. Try using clumping litter, which is easier to clean. While the kitty is learning to use the box, leave a little urine or feces in the litter so it will get the scent and remember to use the box again.
Once it is using the box regularly, clean it thoroughly every day. Stir it up from the bottom to keep the top dry. Cats are very clean creatures and a dirty litter box may cause it to go elsewhere.
Never hit, scream at or otherwise punish a kitty for having an accident and going outside the box. Never rub your kitty’s little nose in an accident. That is a cruel act that will serve no purpose as the kitten will not understand why it is being punished. It also may cause more problems since the kitty will be frightened and will probably look for places to hide when it needs the bathroom.
Treat your kitty kindly and be consistent in teaching him or her. You will soon have a well-behaved little companion who will give you many years of enjoyment and love.