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How do I teach my kitten to go in a litter box?

Posted by David on December 5th, 2010

Since cats naturally think of sandy areas as bathrooms, most kittens quickly learn to use a litter box. You can make their job even easier. Upon bringing a new kitten home, place her in a small litter box, pre-filled with small-grained litter. Simulate digging by gently moving her front paws back and forth. Carry her to the box after eating or sleeping, and anytime you see her scratching the floor. Praise kitty whenever she goes in the box.

Sometimes accidents happen. When they do, transfer the mess to the litter box. The smell will encourage kitty to go there in the future. Thoroughly clean the scene of the accident to remove all odors. Never yell at your kitten for such transgressions – her anxiety may lead to more accidents.

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