Hints and tips to toilet train your kitten
In an environment where the kitten is raised as part of a litter, the kitten will learn how to use a litter box by watching their mother. From a young age, they observe how to go about their toileting in a step-by-step manner. However, if your new kitten arrives in your home before they are toilet trained, it will be your job to teach them what to do. If you can do this before any bad habits develop, it will save you both a lot of anxiety and stress.
To start with, set their litter box up in a quiet, low-traffic area of your home. If you have other cats, make sure this litter box is in its own separate area. Also, keep the same type of litter your kitten is already used to. If you prefer a different sort, introduce this gradually over a number of days by mixing in the new with the old. Keep in mind that each cat will have a preference for particular litter media and sometimes a couple of different types may need to be trialled.
Once you are well set up, you can start training your kitten.
Start the training by standing your kitten in the litter tray. Then use one of its forepaws to scratch at the litter – remember that the best time to do this training is immediately after eating or sleeping.
If your kitten doesn’t naturally go to the toilet immediately, try using a wet wipe or some moist cotton wool to massage the kitten‘s anal/genital area to stimulate toileting.
When your kitten is learning so many new skills at once it’s natural for ‘accidents’ to happen – and they may happen frequently at first. But don’t punish them or get angry - simply watch them carefully. If you see that they need to go, gently pick them up and place them in the litterbox.