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How do you potty train a kitten?

Asked by DWW25921 (6468points) October 5th, 2013

They’re very cute but they’re also fuzzy little poop machines.

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AstroChuck's avatar

Just place down a litter box and place the kitten inside to show him/her. Cats naturally go in sandy areas where they can bury their waste. If for some reason the kitten first poops somewhere else, pick it up and put it in the box and your kitten will know to use that from now on.
Dogs you have to potty train. Cats train themselves.

gailcalled's avatar

Get one pellet of poop in the litter box and the kitty’s nose will do the rest. They use the box not by seeing it but by smelling.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Cats are by far the easiest animal to potty train, particularly if you get them as kittens. You set up the litter box, sit them in it every few minutes until they poop and/or pee in it, and voila! I’ve never had to do more than that for a kitten.

Now puppies, on the other hand, are a huge pain in the ass to potty train. It took several months to stop our pup from pooping in the house when it rained.

DWW25921's avatar

Alright, I’m on it!

Pandora's avatar

Just be sure to clean it regularly. I have seen kitty boxes that don’t get changed and the cat starts to go outside the box because its too full of crap. Plus that is just plain nasty. :(

Coloma's avatar

Yes to all of the above. Cats are the easiest animal to litter train.
This is the box I have, I love it, and it fits my giant 17 pounder with no flying litter.
I highly recommend this box.

Designed for multiple and large cats.

tedibear's avatar

One more hint about cleaning the box – if you have one cat and one box, clean it once a day. Two cats and one box, twice a day. Two cats and two boxes, once a day. There will be fewer poop on the floor problems if you keep the boxes clean.

snowberry's avatar

It’s not always as easy as you’d think. We had a kitten that had lived on concrete its first months. When we got her she had no idea what to do with a litter box. So we bought a crate and put her in there with a litter box. Eventually she figured it out, but it wouldn’t have worked if we didn’t crate her at first. As I recall she was in there about 6 weeks because we wanted to make reeeealy sure she got the idea and wouldn’t go in the house again. It also made clean up a whole lot easier until she did!

Ron_C's avatar

We’ve had many cats and as far as I know, we never had to train a kitten to use the litter box.
We would put them in the box and sometimes they ate the litter but sooner or later used the box.

We have has more problems with old, sick cats.

syz's avatar

You don’t have to train them, you just have to make a box available – they come with instructions preloaded.

Judi's avatar

Make sure your cat stays healthy too and keep their box fairly clean. If they get a bladder infection they might rebel against the box and start peeing on your furniture.
if only dogs were so easy. In the last 12 hours Gretel has pooped in my shower and on a $4000 rug.

zoeguillen's avatar

Fill your litterbox with litter, then grab your kitten and show him how to use it. Grab his/her paws and do the motion that they do after they’re done using it.

creative1's avatar

Litter box training a kitten is easy but there are times you aren’t home and you don’t want your little friend using the rest of the house if they can’t find the box, what I did when mine were little is get a large dog crate and put a small litter box in it along with anything I thought they would need while gone and this kept them close to their place to go when I was at work. When they were a bit older and didn’t have any issues where the pee or poop was outside the box then I finally trusted them to be out and about at will. One thing you don’t want is them to be doing it around the house because once they do they will always do it because as others have said they follow the scent and once its on something its very difficult to get rid it so they can no longer smell it. Good luck with your new little friend.

janbb's avatar

Milo here: “Fuzzy little poop machines?” At least, we’re fuzzy!

Seek's avatar

On a related note, use natural clay litter, not the clumping stuff, for the first few weeks. Sometimes kittens nosh on the litter for a while, and the absorbent stuff can mess up their digestion.

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DWW25921's avatar

@Coloma I’m not really sure what that was but I give a “great answer” to everyone that answers one of my questions. So there ya go. clicking on great answer…

Judi's avatar

I think it was for @gailcalled ‘s link.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, the little lamb in @gailcalleds link.
Ya know, you can’t look at a sheep any more than a cow without being compelled to mimic them. haha

gailcalled's avatar

Sadly, those lambs were separated from their mothers and enclosed in a pen all together; that means only one conclusion. They will be butchered soon. My daughter spotted them on a bike ride on Friday, not far from my home.

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