You've just brought home a new kitten. Everything is great - he's wide-eyed, fluffy, and completely adorable. There's just this one problem... The little guy keeps doing his business all over the carpet, the hardwood floors, and even tabletops and shelves when he gets climbing. You start to realize that this just can't keep happening, no matter how cute he is. You've got to begin the process of cat litter training.
What's the good news? Cat litter training usually goes over fairly smoothly - it's certainly easier than housebreaking certain breeds of dogs. Some cats will tend to be more stubborn than others, but if you follow a few simple guidelines, the litter training becomes a much less daunting undertaking.
First of all, make sure you get a litter box that's size-appropriate for your new pet. If you buy a giant litter box for a tiny month-old kitten, he'll be too afraid to get in and use it. When you go into a pet store, don't be afraid to ask what size you should be looking for - the employees will be able to help you find exactly what you need.
Next, decide where in your house you're going to place the litter box and stick with it. If you continually move the litter box around, you'll only confuse and upset your cat. Cats, especially kittens, are very sensitive to changes in their environment, and if you don't keep the litter box in one place, they're liable to continue going to the bathroom all over your house.
Keep in mind that you may need to place your new kitten in the box at first, or scratch his paw in the litter to help him along. It can be beneficial to do this just after he's had something to eat or drink, since that's when he's going to need to use it. It may sound obvious, but it works.
Also know that a kitten isn't going to use a dirty litter box. After all, you wouldn't particularly enjoy using a filthy bathroom, would you? The same principle applies to cats, so make sure to change the litter on a regular basis. Cat litter training can be a hassle, but if you follow the basic guidelines laid out here, you shouldn't have too much trouble at all. Cats are one of the cleanest household pets you can have, and if you start litter training early - and in the proper way - they'll just about take care of themselves.
Gillian Aitken is a proud cat-lover who isn't afraid to admit that they can sometimes make for fickle pets. Are you interested in uncovering more tips and tricks on how to raise a healthy, happy cat? Visit Gill's site at http://gill-careforcats.blogspot.com