Our Vets Love Pets Team share some toilet training tips for new kittens
1) Cats are usually private, discerning animals who like to toilet in peace! It can help to place the litter tray in a quiet area where your kitten can have some privacy. If you have other pets or dogs in your home, ensure the litter tray is an area where your dogs can't access.
2) When you are beginning toilet training, consider confining your kitten to a room or area where you can keep an eye on them and where the litter tray is easily accessible.
3) Place your kitten in the litter tray after they've eaten and at regular intervals during the day. Usually their instincts will kick in and they will learn to toilet in the litter tray, ensure you praise them when they are using the litter tray as intended.
4) You can never have too many litter trays! If you are in a multi-cat household ensure that you have lots of clean litter trays available for your cats. We recommend at least one litter tray per cat, plus one spare.
5) For little kitten legs a low sided litter tray may allow for easy access. Cats to tend to have individual preferences for the shape and type of litter tray (and litter) that they will use. You may need to experiment with different styles and types until you find something your cat readily uses.
6) Always ensure that you clean the litter tray regularly. Not only will this ensure good hygine for your cat and keep your family home fresh, it will make the toilet training process faster. Many cats will not use a litter tray if it is dirty and they may find a clean area of the home to use instead.
At Vets Love Pets we stock a wide range of kitty litter brands to suit the fussiest of felines. If you have any questions don't hesitate to give our friendly customer service team a call.
Finally - an important Vets Love Pets health tip for cats. Did you know that urinary problems can be very common in cats? If you notice that your cat is having difficulty urinating or if their habits have changed, please contact your vet immediately. If your male cat is straining to urinate or is unable to urinate at all, this could be a deadly, life-threatening condition where their urethra gets blocked by urine stones or sediment. This needs to be treated straight away (cats can deteriorate rapidly within hours). It is very important to monitor your cat's health and contact your vet for advice if you are concerned.