How to Litter Train Baby Kittens

How to Litter Train Baby Kittens

Hi everyone! Let’s talk about litter training kittens. Cats and kittens are naturally inclined to cover their waste, so they instinctively understand the box most of the time. But! There are some tips and tricks that’ll help ensure that your litter training experience goes smoothly. Excuse me…! You’re so excited to use the litter box! You gotta wait until there’s litter in it… To litter train kittens, you’re obviously going to need a litter box and… litter! But it’s important to know what you need to get. For your box, a small cheap shallow box is where you want to start with these little guys. Nothing covered, nothing too tall, nothing with a door, or steps, or anything like that. In fact, when they’re first learning I just use these cardboard trays as their first training boxes. The cardboard trays that hold canned food are *perfect* for litter training kittens. I love using these, because they’re so shallow the kitten can just walk right into it. And once they get really gross, you can just toss them in the trash. This means a clean box for the kittens, and less hassle for you. If you’re working with kittens under 8 weeks old, I recommend using a kitten safe litter, meaning something that is fragrance free and non-clumping. Remember that kittens navigate the world just like human babies – with their mouths. Highly fragrant litters can be bad for tiny kittens if ingested, and clumping clay litter is definitely a no-no, since it clumps up when it touches liquid. Instead, I recommend using something like an unscented paper-based litter, or even a corn or wheat based litter until they’re 8 weeks old, and confidently exploring the box without munching on it. Once the kittens are closer to 6 or 7 weeks old, I move them into a plastic litter box that is more like what they’ll have as an adult. You still want this box to be shallow and lidless, but it can be a bit bigger and more sturdy than those cardboard trays. If you’re raising baby kittens, you know that they don’t go to the bathroom on their own for the first few weeks of life. From zero to three weeks of age, kittens will be stimulated to go to the bathroom by their mother licking them. If you’re caring for an orphan kitten who doesn’t have their mother, you’ll have to help them go to the bathroom by stimulating them with a soft tissue. If you want to learn how to do that, watch my video, “How to Stimulate Kittens to go to the Bathroom”. Okay…! You’re gonna poop! Once the kittens hit three weeks old, their bodies start being able to gradually go to the bathroom independently, so you might start to notice that they pooped or peed in their bedding between feedings. That’s a perfect time to start introducing the litter box. If you’ve been stimulating kittens to go to the bathroom, you can even start stimulating them right into the box around three weeks of age. They’ll be able to associate the scent of their urine with the box, and this can kick-start their understanding of good litter habits Ooooooh! Good job, Hank! Of course, if you’ve recently adopted a new kitten or rescued a kitten that’s more than three weeks old, you should introduce them to the litter box right away. The litter box should always be the first thing you show a kitten any time they go to a new home, or a new room. … are you napping in the litter box? Kodi, that’s where poop goes! Kittens naturally understand the box because they want to cover their waste, but there are several things you can do to ensure that they do use the box. First you want to make sure that it’s easy for them to find. That means when they’re learning, they should really never be more than 10 feet away from a litter box. If they don’t know where it is, they might start looking for somewhere else to go. Put out as many boxes as you need depending on the size of the space. For instance, a little baby in a playpen only needs one. But if you have a rambunctious eight week old kitten running around your house, you should ideally have at least one box in each room while they’re still learning. Kittens will typically be drawn to go to the bathroom in a corner, so I recommend starting by putting a box in one to two corners of the room. Of course, limiting the amount of space they have while learning will really help, because they’ll be right next to the box at all times. So consider keeping your babies consigned to a playpen, or a single room, until they’re totally trained to use the litter box. Once the kitten starts using the box, congratulate them! Kittens do well with positive reinforcement. You can use an encouraging voice, and give them some extra pets while they’re exiting the box. You also want to make sure they don’t find alternate places to go to the bathroom. Maybe you have a pile of laundry in the corner of your room, or some blankets all bunched up in their playpen… This might be okay to you, but to a kitten? They might think this provides a good place to cover their waste. Kittens also learn by example and imitation. If you have one kitten that isn’t getting it? Bring them over to the box to watch their buddies, so they have a chance to learn. You can also put the kitten in the box and run your fingers through the litter to show them that it’s a place to dig, or even gently run their paw through it to encourage digging behaviors that ultimately lead to potty time. This will also teach them how to cover, if you’ve got a baby that isn’t covering his waste. If you have a kitten that just really isn’t getting it, make sure you try a few different litter brands. Some kittens will have preferences, or may be sensitive to the feel or smell of certain brands. You also want to think about the kitten’s history. If it’s a feral kitten that’s been living outdoors, the bathroom to them might look like some dirt and some leaves… so there’s no harm in putting a couple leaves on top of the litter box, if that’s what it takes to help them make the association. Remember, they have the same goal as you do – a clean environment. So have patience while you’re helping steer them in the right direction, and never use negative reinforcement or punishment if they get it wrong. Excuse me! That’s my finger! This is where a lot of people mess up. They don’t clean the box enough! This is a big pet peeve of mine because it’s so unfair to the animal, and it gives people the impression that cats are smelly animals. Cats aren’t smelly animals! You’re a smelly animal if you don’t clean the litter box. One way to think of it is… whenever you feed them, you should also check out the box and see if it needs a scoop. If it does, it’s easy to just toss that small amount into a toilet, a trash bag, or a smell proof pail. When kittens are litter training, it’s so important to keep a clean box so that they’re incentivized to use it. Otherwise, they might think it’s super gross, and start looking for somewhere else to go. The more they go elsewhere, the more they’ll think it’s okay to go elsewhere. So do yourself a favor and keep that box clean. That goes for kittens, and adult cats too. Oh, hi, Kodiak! You decided to join me for the end… Ultimately, litter training is all about meeting them where they are, and thinking like a kitten – not like a human. So make sure you’re putting out a box that’s safe, shallow, and easily accessible at all times. Keep it clean and encourage those good habits, and your kittens will be litter box champions in no time.

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  1. My 7-year-old son just rescued a 2-3 week old kitten and brought it home. And since I'm a dog person and know nothing about cats, your videos are very helpful! Thank you! 🙂 Subscribed!

  2. What if your three week old rescued kitten eats a lot but won't go to the bathroom (I have two rescued kittens and thay won't go. I have a black one and a gray tiger, Oreo and stormy)

  3. I came straight to this video after I came home to some bad smell near my corner of my bed I couldn’t find where the smell was coming from I ignored it went away when I came back the smell seemed to come straight that corner so I turned on my flashlight and saw 2 big pile of shit holy shitt my kittens are brothers one orange named Jacob other black named Edward man that shit went on my laptop the shit went through my papers on my folder and everything oh my god

  4. I foster a lot of cats and kittens… Always i put kittens inside large cardboard and put a little box of litter… Just for one day… And that's all it takes…

  5. Thank you so much for your videos! I just rescued a very small and very skinny kitten. She was found outside and I wasn't too sure how old she was or how to train her. You're videos have helped so much!!!

  6. When my cat start to raise of a high-speed wandering around the house when it's a new kitten in the house I probably know that they need to go to the bathroom and when we get new litter boxes or we switch spots with litter boxes we're going to have to introduce

  7. what if my month old kitten absolutely does not like being in the box… what do i do? and what litter brand do you recommend for a month old kitten

  8. I do know how to train my cat to do the buisness in the litter box but this was really useful for future cat owners ^^

  9. Thank you so much! I just rescued a cat in the freeway, my first time having a cat at home. This is big help. 💕❤💕

  10. Thank you so much… My friend give it to me one kitty…cause he knw I love animals And I really don't knw what to do.. She just poop in my bed…it give me really2 headache.. Heheee…but now I knw what to do… Like your instruction…love from India.. Bless you

  11. I can’t find a shallow box for my kitten. He’s 8 weeks old and all the litter boxes I found in the store are 5+ inches

  12. What about the pine pellet litter? To my knowledge it doesn’t clump but when it’s wet it turns back into sawdust/sandy texture and can be shaken away with a sifting litter box Is that not ok for a kitten?

  13. We have a couple of kittens that love to roll around in their litter box. They usually do it after fresh litter has been placed in the box to top it off. I will have just cleaned the box, put a little new litter in on top and they go play in it.

  14. just one question:

    Can I use soil instead of litter?

    Reason: Because I gave all my litter away to my mothers friend who has a cat and now my parents doesnt wanna buy me a litter for a cat. I just adopted it. He's still small. I adopted him on October 26,2019 and today is November 2, 2019.

    I can provide his litter box, but the litter? Can it be soil?

    I am really getting good advices from your video.
    Great job! YOu do know a lot about cats and kittens.


  15. Hey. i just got a a kitten .shes 2 monthes and 5 days pld..and she do the litter box but dont cover her wast?? what shoul i do? anyone help

  16. This video has been extremely helpful. I just adopted a kitten that looks the same age as the kitten on 6:25. About How old would you say the kitten looks? I was told mine is 8wks but she’s SOOO tiny.

  17. How do u retrain a cat! I keep the box thoroughly clean 24/7! At 10wks I broke my babies leg he tripped me! So he was human trained and had problems using the box for 3 and half mths in a cast! Now at 4 he's a rug pee pooper! Hell use his box but prefers not to!!! And with asthma he can only tolerate certain liter!

  18. Help, I got a grown male cat nog Neutered. Its our only cat and he is pissing, spraying and pooing everywhere. How do I train him to stop. My mum is complaining if he does she will give him up for adoption. Please reply I love him and we are bonded but I live with my mum so must do as she says. 😭😭😭

  19. Thank you for your help! I just rescued a ferrel kitten! From watching your video about how to tell how old they are I believe he is about 6-7 weeks old! The first time he did use the litter box he peed, pooped and peed. Then stopped using it I do keep it clean! He will even play in it! I just take the poop over to the box and put him with it. Is that also a good thing to do?

  20. Thanks for this i just rescued a kitten in the middle of the road and i dont know what to with her or how to train her this helps a lot. Thank you so much by the way can i use ordinary construction sand to put in the litter box?

  21. Hi, do you have any advice how to train a 6.years old cat to change from sand(she goes only to Catsan litter) to pellets. Thank you for your advice. 🐱

  22. i need help, my kitten poops on the floor without even meowing. Although i always take him to the litter box for him to know the place+ he doesn’t even cover his poop after finishing pooping. I always wake up with poop ALL over the house idk what to do

  23. When the cat i grown up is it okay to move the litter box to the bathroom? Even though the bathroom is a bit far from the bedroom where she stays.

  24. Thank you for your videos. My husband and I just saved a baby kitten from under our house. From your video about how to tell how old they are we think he is close to 3 weeks. Your videos have walked us through so much. We even plan on catch and release the momma cat.

  25. The thing is my kitten was abandoned. But someone picked her up and trained her how to go bathroom so I got no worries of that 😂😂😂

  26. I have never raised a kitten or any animal. I came across this one kitten yesterday which was stuck in sunroof of a building for weeks it seems. I called the rescue people but they were unavailable. The kitten fell from 3 floor got unconscious.. I have never raised one this is my first time. It's soooooo shy. Doesn't eat much always gets under my sofa. Somebody please help me out.

  27. Stuff its muzzle in a pile of fresh catshit til its suffocating, while beating hell out of it with a welding rod. Then drop kick the little bastard into another time zone.

  28. I cannot thank you enough, you are amazing. I found an abandoned kitten the other day and I really struggled. But then I found your videos and I have learn't a lot, I know I will do my best to keep this kitten alive.

  29. May I ask if they poop on the litter box, will they smudge their paws into the poop and then move out to the floor?. omg. That’s why I’m scared 😉

  30. Kody/Cody are you napping in the litter box there's where poop goes

    Me : just a tip if your kitten or cat stays in the litter box for too long that means they are sick or something but it never hurts to go see the vet

  31. Your kitten is more cuter than mime the most cutest cat and kitten in the whole world is the most fully and kitten or cat and woth long furr

  32. My cat Shortie is 18 years old she has access to out doors and use to love going out to play , just recently she has been peeing behind our tv ,she did this as a kitten ,I've now put a litter tray there. I was wondering could it be her age that shes doing this ,she is healthy . When she did this a couple of weeks ago it's not like her . I thought she had been having a territory fight outside maybe. She is in alot more now . Either way we love her to bits .. just wondered if you could confirm , we love our little lady xxxx

  33. I want a kitten but my parents won't let me because we already have 2 and they aren't even supposed to be inside the house (they are)

  34. Back in the day when my cat was a kitten, I just shouted "Noooo" and put her in the litter box whenever she wanted to take a shit and she finally understood where to do it in 3 weeks!! lol

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