It’s decided – you want to care for a kitten. Amazing news! But before you open up your home (and start the hunt for the best cat toys and treats), you’ll want to swat up on how to litter train your kitten. We’ve pulled together a handy litter training guide – including helpful hints about the best cat litter for kittens from our cat-loving chums, Ever Clean. Trust us, it’ll make potty training kittens a breeze.
Choose the right type of litter tray
When learning how to litter train your cat – especially if they’re a kitten – it’s important to remember that accidents will happen. No matter what happens, stay calm and do not get angry. Reward your kitten with treats when they use their litter tray (and smart up on how to get rid of cat pee smell for when they don’t!). It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for your kitten eating litter or playing with it – distract them with a fun cat toy or treat.
When choosing a cat litter box for your feline friend, there are 3 main things that you should consider:
1. Where you will place the cat litter tray
Cats prefer to do their business in a quiet, safe place where they can’t be overlooked – in short, cats like their privacy. Cats also don’t like to go to the toilet where they eat, so placing it away from food / water bowls is essential.
2. What size and height the cat litter tray is
You could opt for a small kitten litter tray. Alternatively, your kitty may prefer an adult litter tray as you won’t need to disrupt them by changing their tray as they grow up. Kittens and older cats may prefer a lower lip to allow them easier access to their litter tray. Some cats may prefer an enclosed cat litter tray with lid, whilst others may be put off by this. They should be able to easily move and scratch around in the litter tray.
3. How many cat litter trays you should have
You’ll always need more than one litter tray – whether you have one kitten or multiple cats. As a rule of thumb, you should have one litter tray per cat, plus one extra. These should all be placed in different locations around the house.
Choose the right type of cat litter
It’s important to choose the correct cat litter for your feline friend, as this will ensure that they’re content using their litter tray. If they’re not, your cat may start peeing elsewhere. This makes kitty litter a vital part of teaching a cat to use the toilet. Cat parents tend to opt for cat clumping litter or cat non-clumping litter.
- Forms solid clumps or balls when a cat urinates on it.
- Is highly effective at odour control.
- Absorbs a large amount of urine, making your cat litter go further.
- Eases cleaning out the litter tray (just remove the clumps, no need to replace the entire tray) – plus, the tray itself lasts longer!
If you’re not sure where to start with clumping litter, Ever Clean offers a wide portfolio for different cat parents’ needs, including a special product ideal for kittens. This litter product, LitterFree Paws has been formulated with your kitten’s happiness in mind – and the happier your kitten, the quicker they will learn to use their litter tray. LitterFree Paws is 99.9% dust-free and has large granules to stop litter sticking to your kitten’s paws, meaning 3x cleaner* paws and less trailing in the home. Ever Clean’s 10L cat clumping litter can also last for up to 2 months.
On the other hand, non-clumping cat litter:
- Is fairly low maintenance.
- Means cleaning out the whole cat litter box more often.
- Has a high% absorption power.
- Is usually similar to natural dirt and often soft on your cat’s paws.
Scent is also something to take into consideration – for both you and your cat. Whilst cat parents want a fresh smelling home, it’s important that your cat is happy with the smell, too. LitterFree Paws offers a light fragrance, making it ideal for kittens, whilst the rest of Ever Clean’s range offers both unscented and scented options. It also features activated carbon technology to provide maximum odour control and eliminate any bad odours.
Jot down a few of these tips and litter training your kitten should be a breeze. Training your kitten from the word ‘go’ will strengthen your bond as cat parent and feline – and free up more time for adventures with your new four-legged friend.
Our articles are not a replacement for face-to-face vet advice. It’s important to consult with your vet on a regular basis to raise any pet concerns that you may have.
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