If you have a new kitten, here are some housebreaking tips you may find helpful:
- Choosing a litter box: If your kitten is a baby, then a small litter box with low sides will be easier for her to use. As she grows, you’ll need to provide a larger box, since some cats will stop using a box that’s too small. A cat’s natural instinct is to bury its waste, so fill the box with several inches of quality cat litter to reinforce this behavior.
- Litter box location: The location of the litter box is important. For kittens, it should be close and easily accessible. Since cats prefer a little privacy, choose a quiet, secluded location. If possible, keep the litter box away from carpeted surfaces and plants, since your kitty might decide she likes the feel of these surfaces better than her box. Also, place the box away from her food-some cats won’t use a litter box in the same area where they eat.
- Get your kitten started. Make sure your kitten knows where her litter box is by placing her in it several times a day. Help her realize what the box is for by gently taking her paw and helping her scratch at the litter. With most cats, their natural instinct will kick in pretty quickly. While she’s learning, be sure to praise and reward her each time she uses her box.
Remember to empty any waste clumps from the litter box daily, and to wash and refill it at least once a week. The main reason a cat stops using a litter box is because it’s dirty. Pet Supermarket has all the supplies you’ll need for your new kitten or cat. Enjoy your new companion!