How To Potty Train
One of the biggest problems for new cat owner is potty or litter training the cats to use the litter box. Here are some tips to help your cats get to the litter box the right way!
Below 3 weeks old kittens (eyes still close)
Newborn or kittens under 3 weeks old need to be stimulated by the mama cat to excrete pee and poo. Usually, the mama cat licks them on the private while cleaning them. If you are raising kittens without mama cat, you need to stimulate the kittens by gently rubbing the excretion area with a soft tissue for around 30 secs after every feed to set a potty routine.
Here's a video to guide you through:
3 to 8 weeks old kittens
Kittens above 3 weeks old are the recommended age to introduce them to the litter box. This is an important stage for kitten development and growth so it's important to introduce a kitten-safe litter. Opt for natural, non scented and chemical-free as kittens may consume the litter.
Don't purchase a litter box as of yet, because most of it are not suitable for kittens. Instead, use a normal cardboard box and make sure the walls are low enough for the kittens to walk into.
Easily, you may use our packaging and turn it into a disposable kitten litter box!
Litter box selection
Choosing the right litter box plays an important role to success in potty training. The ideal litter box should be large and high enough for your cat to move freely. As a general rule of thumb is the litter box should be one and half times the length of your cat.
Most people will like covered litter box to keep the odor in but never realized cats dislike them and make it even more unappealing to your cats using the litter box. Cats' sense of smell is 14 times better than humans.
Some cats may stand while potty and covered litter box will discourage them to use the litter box.
For a start, we highly recommend using an uncovered litter box with higher walls on the sides to secure the litter from tracking when cats start digging in the litter.
How many litter box?
You should have at least 1 litter box per cat, plus 1 extra if your home has an extra floor.
Where to place the litter box?
For potty training 3-8 week kittens, it's best to confine them in one room for at least 2 weeks to 1 month. Litter box must be easily seen by the kittens for an easy access.
For adult cats, pick a quiet location from your home when you decided to place the litter box permanently. Our best bet is away from the common areas like a living room, kitchen or laundry room where noises or people usually gather around. Instead, put the litter box in the study room, empty bathroom (dry and not wet) or anywhere quiet corners around the house.
Oh, and never place your litter box near to your cat food and water bowl. Cats do not eat and eliminate at the same place.
Set a potty routine
Most cats relief themselves after a long nap or in the evening when the cats are active. Do carry your cat to the litter box for a few times in the day and let him know that the litter box is a place for potty. Cats are smart and fast learners when you are being the mama cat to guide them through the process.
Once you carry your cat to the litter box, let him familiarize with the texture of the litter and use your hands to imitate a digging motion into the litter. Cats naturally dig and bury their waste so just be patient and trust your cat will do it on its own.
You may notice your cat may have eliminated their waste in the litter box by now. It's okay if you notice your cat did not bury any of its waste. Do praise them by giving positive remarks and reward them with treats!
If your cat happen to eliminate outside the litter box, pick up the waste and place them into the litter box to create a potty scent as a reminder. If it's urine, remove it (usually happens on the pillowcase or towels) and try rubbing it against the litter.
Try to clean thoroughly the place your cat eliminated with citrus based cleaners (cats dislike them!) to avoid any repeat elimination at the same area.
Never ever punish or raise your voice at your cat as he is still learning along with you.
Keeping it clean and healthy
Once your cat is potty trained, remember to keep your litter box clean by scooping the waste daily. Make your life easier by using clumping and flushable litter so you don't dread cleaning up the litter box. This is really important to avoid your cats from eliminating outside the litter box. You do not want to poo on top of another poo, don't you?
Cat's urine contains ammonia and it's our number one enemy for odor! Most of cat owners do not know a huge number of bacteria are found in the litter box. For health and hygiene reasons, we recommend you to dispose any used litter and refill with fresh litter every month. To keep odor at bay, please wash the litter box with soapy water and dry it before filling it up with fresh litter.
Good job for potty training your cat!
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