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by Rolan Tripp, DVM and Susan Tripp, MS

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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.

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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