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How to litter box train a stray kitten

Updated on July 13, 2009

The great thing about kittens is that they are very easy to train regardless of the fact of having a feral background or a domesticated one. This particularly applies to small kittens that have just been weaned. These little fellows are like sponges: they absorb facts quickly and learn as days unveil before them one after another. Litter box training a stray kitten may therefore be a walk in the park if you arm yourself with the right utensils and if you use a little bit of ''feline psychology''.

Things You Will Need


-Unscented cat litter (small grain preferable)

-A small shoe box

-A litter scooper

The main difference between litter box training a stray cat and litter box training a dometicated one is the fact that with a stray cat you will use dirt . Stray kittens have a history of using dirt as their potty. For this reason, collecting some dirt makes it much easier since the kitten will be attracted to the smell of familiar dirt. This is just a temporary measure. Place the dirt into a small shoe box. If the kitten is very small such as just 5-6 weeks old and has trouble climbing into the shoe box, the shoe box lid may work as a starter.

Once the shoe box or the shoe box lid is filled with dirt it needs to be placed into a very small room. A bathroom often will work greatespecially if it has tiles, making it very easy to clean up messes. The kitten must be kept in this small room for the first few days. The reason behind this is because kittens are very small creatures that can easily get lost into a normal sized home. Unable to find its way back to the bathroom, most kittens will urinate or defecate wherever they find.

The bathroom therefore should contain the cat's litter box in a corner and at the total opposite corner there should be the kitten's water bowl and food bowl. The reason why the litter box is places in a corner is because kittens tend to look for corners when they urinate and defecate. Kittens also tend to not want to defecate where their food and water is. Therefore, this method gets rid of two corners. The other corners should be blocked by something like furniture or anything to not allow a visible corner.

Kittens tend to defecte within half hour of eating. They shuold be watched carefully therefore. After eating, watch the kitten with an eagle eye. Look for signs of needing to go such as meowing, scratching the floor or looking around. If this happens, place the kitten in the litter box immediately. If the kittens goes, praise and pet the kitten.

If the kitten has an accident, do not scold. This will only scare the kitten. Instead, if possible pick up the poop and place in the litter box. This way kitty will understand that is where it goes. Keep on monitoring after meals and repeat the sequence of picking up the kitten and placing him/her in the litter box.

After a few days, the kitten should have started understanding the process. Make sure to keep the litter box immaculately clean. Then gradually add some unscented litter to the dirt until after one week it completely replaces the dirt. At this point kitty should have a grip on litter box training.  These smart little fellows surely learn fast their way to their litter box and the way to your heart!

Petmate Booda Dome Litter Box, purple
Petmate Booda Dome Litter Box, purple

The covered litter box with style Booda Dome Litter Box is stylish and has a built-in handle so it's easy to clean. The purchase includes one charcoal filter and liner. A 7-1/4-inch diameter opening means easy access. Designed to fit any room décor, the unit provides privacy and cleanliness. An activated charcoal filter hidden in the dome top of this litter box is the secret to outstanding odor control. The dome lifts off to allow easy access to the box, and the deep pan lets you give cats the deeper litter level they prefer. The rounded design means odors can't get trapped in seams or corners. The modern, curved styling blends with today's interiors.

Merry Pet Cat Washroom/Night Stand Pet House
Merry Pet Cat Washroom/Night Stand Pet House

Easily the most versatile, practical and attractive piece of pet furniture yet! Use the Pet House as a litter box cover in the bathroom, or as a cozy nook for your pet?s bed in the bedroom or living room. Equally suitable for cats or small dogs, the Pet House is an attractive, functional cover for a litter box or a home for your pet's well-loved (but messy!) bed. The door is magnetized to keep it securely closed during regular use, and swings open wide for easy cleaning.

Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Litter Box
Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Litter Box

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MidWest BayIsle Hide-A-Way Litter-Box Cover or Pet Retreat
MidWest BayIsle Hide-A-Way Litter-Box Cover or Pet Retreat

Attractive as well as functional, this wicker-style pet hide-away offers exceptional versatility, while complementing almost any home décor. Using it as a cover for large or extra-large litter boxes provides cats with some privacy. Or, by replacing the litter box with a Quite Time pet bed, the cover converts into a cozy pet retreat. The unit's large door opening accommodates cats or small-breed dogs, and its front panel drops down for better interior access or convenient cleaning of the litter box while still confining the litter mess. For added convenience, rubber feet on its base help protect floors and secure the cover in place.



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