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Getting Started - Litterbox training

Establish the kitty toilet

One of the most common errors people make with a new kitten is allowing free roam of the house before the kitten is litterbox trained.

T
he best way to introduce your kitten to the litterbox is to simply put your kitten in it frequently when your kitten is relaxed. Use one finger to make a scratching motion in the litter.

Start with a fine-grained, unscented litter that is soft on the paws. Confine your kitten to a small room with the litterbox for the first week or so.  CAUTION: Make sure the litterbox sides are not too high for the kitten.

Provide food, water, bedding, safe toys, and a scratching post in the small room, away from the litterbox.


Kitten Development: Early Socialization 3 to 8 weeks old[1]

         Develops control of the bladder and bowels - begins to use a litterbox.

         Traumatic experiences can become lasting fears or phobias

[1] AAFP. (2004). Feline Behavior Guidelines. Pg. 10.


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