Kittens are naturally inclined to eliminate on soil and dirt. They usually mimic this behavior by watching their mom. Rescue or adopted kittens will require patience to train them.
Setting the scene:
- Always have one more litterbox than the number of cats in household.
- Place the litter box in a quiet area of the house.
- Have a litter buffet. Use different substrates. These include clay litter, fine “clumping” litter, plastic pearls, silica, recycled newspapers, wood shavings and many others. Some have materials added to control odor. “Some studies have found that clumping litter may be preferable to more cats and that scented litter is aversive to some cats.”
- Place the litter box in a quiet area.
- Change the litter once weekly
- Empty the litter box daily
Accidents will happen. NEVER punish your cat!
Rather reward them when they eliminate in the litter box.
PREGNANT OWNERS: Do not clean the litter box while pregnant. Ask another family member to clean it. Toxoplasmosis in cats are very rare, but it can cause SERIOUS health problems in unborn babies.