Animal Behavior Network
Error-Free Kitten Raising Tips 
by Dr. Rolan and Susan Tripp, MS/P

Invest minutes each day learning about cat behavior to reap a lifetime of benefits!

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.

For your education...


Litterbox Training Q&A

Contact a Veterinary Behavior Technician

Call: 1- 800-372-3706 Ext. 87

"Helping you raise a happy, well-behaved cat and fabulous feline friend for life."

Copyright 2001-2008 All Rights Reserved Dr. Rolan and Susan Tripp | Animal Behavior Network & Affiliates
  Print Friendly Version