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Litter Box Training a Kitten

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I wanted to know at what age do you start litter box training a kitten? I think ours is about 6 weeks old. We found him in the bushes at about 4 days old. Anyhow, since we don't have another cat to show him how, what we are doing doesn't seem to be working. We bought the sandy litter, he didn't like that at all, so we moved to the pellet kind and he still doesn't seem to like it. The only time he will use the box, is when we get lucky enough to get him in there in time. We have used his "samples" in both boxes which doesn't seem to do much of anything for him either. Other than that, he will pee pretty much anywhere around the house and doesn't seem to prefer one spot over another.

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November 5, 20140 found this helpful

That is an unusual situation. Do try the regular clay litter, not the sandlike clumping kind. The clumping litter is not good for kittens as they play in it and sometimes eat it with very bad results (bowel impaction). After 8 months or so, it is ok to use it. Make sure your floors get well cleaned so he is not attracted to the scent for future piddles. I would use a steam mop. Be patient and bless you for taking this kitty in. Good luck!

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November 21, 20140 found this helpful

He's old enough now, but just old enough, so he'll get the hang of it. A little young, that's all. I think what stimulates the instinct is the scratching, so get a miniature rake prop like they use as decorations in flowerpots. Rake in the litter. You can also make scratching motions with his paws.

You can also try dumping the litter on top of his "accidents" rather than cleaning up right away. Take him there and let him scratch in it to make the association. Then clean it all up. Be sure you're using an enzymatic cleaner that removes the smell from his accident spots.

Of course, never shame or yell at him for going outside the box. He's too young to understand it and you could make him try to hide where he's going.

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