The following are a few points to take into account when you bring home your new kitten:
- Most kittens are born with the instinct to use the litter box and will do it without training.
- Consider the size of the litter box in comparison to the cat. Young kittens may be too small to climb over the sides of a full-sized litter box easily. You may want to substitute an old cake pan for the first few weeks until the kitten has grown enough to graduate to a big kitty box.
- Make sure your kitten has a variety of boxes from which to choose. Be sure to have at least one box on every floor of your house. Ideally, you should have one in every room your kitty spends time in, until he gets a bit older.
- Show the kitten where the litter boxes are located. Set him directly in the litter, and let him dig around.
- When it comes to sharing a litter box with housemates, cats will usually adapt quite well. It’s always a good idea to have more than one litter box in the house regardless if your kitten is an “only-child”. Cats often like to defecate in one box and urinate in another, so multiple boxes will make your cats less likely to eliminate someplace else.
- A good rule of thumb when it comes to litter boxes: You should have one more box than you do cats.
- When cats are thrown into an environment where they are nervous and uncomfortable, they can hold their urine and bowel movements for up to 3-4 days. However, it may also be a sign of a medical problem such as a urinary tract infection or a urinary blockage (uncommon in kittens). So, it’s always a good idea to have your kitten examined by a veterinarian.