How do you get a cat to use a litter box?
I cleaned up after my kitten for a few weeks before she learned to use the litter box. Is there something people can do to speed up the process of getting a cat to learn to use a litter box?
Bring them to the littler box and put them in, this lets them know where the litter box is. If they have an accident bring them back to the litter box and put them in again. That usually works.
How old was your kitten when you got her or him? Sometimes if they are taken to early from the mother there can be issues.
catzgendron has it right...most kittens learn to use the litter box by watching and imitating mother or another adult cat. if they are taken from mother before they can learn, and it is your only feline, then as soon as you get it home, set it in the litter box, take its front paws and make digging motions, like a cat getting ready to go. never punish the cat for having accidents as this can make matters worse...if you catch the cat in the act, just pick it up and move it to the litter box as quickly and calmly as you can. if you find an accident after the fact, just clean it up and use an odor remover on the spot. here is something that might help to...leave a piece of the paper towel used to soak up the kittens urine in the litter box so it can smell it. also deposit the feces in there when you find it. this will help teach the kitten what the litter box is for. it also may help to start the kitten on plain dirt, and once it is used to going in the litter box, slowly change over to your preferred litter type.
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