When it is potty training, a kitten doesn’t need the freedom of roaming around all of the house. Limit her to a small area like the den. A place where you hang out a lot will insure the kitten is near you. This enables you to observe the kitten using the litter box or going behind the furniture. Whichever place you choose to put the litter box should be where the kitten will be most of the time.
The initial litter box for the kitten should have low sides for the kitten to navigate. A simple box is a good starter potty pan for the kitten. Save those with bells and whistles for an older cat. A cardboard box for packaging sodas called flats is ideal for training a kitten. Line it with a plastic bag or litter pan liner. Pour around an inch of litter in the box. The scooper should have narrow openings.
Any potted plants should be in a different room than where the kitten stays during litter training. To cover their deposits is an instinct for kittens and the soil in a potted plant container is inviting.
If you got your kitten from a breeder, she may be litter trained already. If your cat had kittens she will train them. Otherwise, it is up to you to train the kitten. Put your kitten into the litter box and she might immediately begin to scratch around. If not, carefully stroke her front paws through the litter. Then see if she starts digging by herself. Many will train easily. Other kittens need to be put in the litter box numerous times daily and have the demonstration done again.
Need to Potty Signals
Your kitten may cry out and rush to the spot she likes to use for her ‘bathroom’. If she goes in the wrong place, put her close enough to her accident to get whiff, but don’t rub her nose in her waste. Don’t act angry. Take her to her litter box and scratch her paws into the litter. Then move a bit away from her potty to watch her reaction. Kittens like some privacy as do adult cats. Giving her some space when observing will encourage her to do her business in the litter box.
Spray the place on the carpet where the kitten eliminated to remove the scent. Otherwise, she will think that is the place to go next time.
The kitten’s litter box should be scooped out every day. Each month it needs a complete cleaning with soap, brush, and water. Dry it completely and add litter.
Training your kitten shouldn’t take but about a month. Though for some kittens it could take longer. If you have patience, observe, and repeat the demonstration as often as needed, your kitten will train easily in most cases.
If your kitten doesn’t respond will to training, she might have a urinary tract infection or a gastrointestinal problem. If you suspect it is a health issue take her to the vet.