Training your kittens to use the litter might prove to be a lengthy process which takes patience. You will have to go through extensive learning periods which will require repetitive processes and in most situations, will even come with some common issues.
The good news is that most of the issues can be actually minimized if you know what to expect. This is why you will need to take your time to familiarize yourself with the possible problems which may come with the kittens.
It is a known fact that the location of the litter box may be just as important as the box itself. This can influence the kittens’ desire to use the box and may also impact the creation of regular habits which are essential at a young age.
Multiple litters may also be important if you have more than one kitten, which is the case most of the times. A clean litter box is also required for the optimal training. But in the end, the health of the kittens is the most important and this is why you’ll need to monitor them at this crucial age in their lives.
Start with location
The location of the litter box in your home will have a massive impact on the training of the kittens. It is probably one of the most important elements of training and it also comes with the biggest problems if done incorrectly.
Many owners will try training their kittens for a week with no results when all they need is to adjust the location of the litter box.
Ideally, you should place the litter in an area which is easy to clean due to the fact that kittens are will usually go through some accidents. These problems will eventually start to diminish, but until then, you will want to ensure a clean area which will not actually deter the kittens from using the litter.
This is another interesting aspect many new owners tend to overlook. The problem with having more than one kitten is that most of the times, they will require multiple litter boxes. This is why you will need to have one for each kitten if you wish to avoid problems. But you will also need to find the best solution for adult cats as well.
In many situations, adult cats will avoid using the same litter boxes as the kittens. Thus, you will need to find a box for each kitten plus one for the adult cat.
You will do this to avoid the rejection some kittens and cats might have towards using the same litter. Male cats will be especially sensitive to this issue and may even refuse to use the litter even if it is new territory.
Cleaning the litter box is one of the problems many owners do not fully understand. There is no point to train your kittens if you will not clean the litter box every day. This means, that you will need to scoop the litter every day.
This is because kittens and cats will prefer cleaner environments, just as humans. When you go to the toilet, you want to enjoy a clean environment and it is the same with kittens.
After a few days, you will want to completely change the litter and use a new mix in the box. This can usually come with a combination of earth and sand. Some other materials can also come with modern litters.
One of them is zeolite, a processed rock which can help eliminate odors and act to remove moisture. This is why you will have to find the best material mix for your kittens’ box. The best approach is to also clean the box completely with every litter change. To do this, you can use fresh water and soap.
This can be as easy as it sounds and if you have a back yard you can also do this outside. Although to prevent any smells and compost build up, you will want to completely bin the used litter and avoid throwing the cleaning water in the backyard where it might attract other cats.
Check for good health
The health of the kittens also plays a crucial role in the litter training. The problem in this situation is that unhealthy kittens might not always be tempted to use the litter box and can just use any space around your home. This is why it will be essential to check for health problems or diseases if your kittens continue to do this.
Unlike healthy kittens, they will be tempted to completely skip the litter box every time they have a condition or infection. To check for serious health problems and infections you can check their urine for signs of blood or different coloring, which might be an indication of changes in their health.
If you are unsure about the health of your kittens you can always take them to a veterinarian. The good news is that this will, most of the times, offer you a much-needed health check, especially at this young age.
Unlike adult cats, kittens are much more likely to develop health problems as they don’t have a strong immune system yet. This is why it will be important to find potential problems early on in order to minimize any litter problems.
Litter training kitten problems will arrive sooner or later for every owner. If you are new to kittens you will immediately find out that each kitten might have own preferences in terms of location or litter type. But the good news is that some general rules still apply and you will be able to work with the best solutions to try and minimize these issues as much as possible.
As a general rule, keeping a clean litter box in an accessible location is a good starting point. It can create the habits kittens need at this young age and the good news is that once they learn, they will continue to use the litter every day.