Never use a covered box or an electronic box with a kitten. A texture that resembles sand on the kitten’s paw pads will be much more comfortable and will make it easier for her to dig and cover. It’s also more comfortable for her when she’s perched in elimination position. Standing on traditional clay litter that has some sharper edges or hard crystal-type litter may not be as comfortable for a kitten who is just learning the ropes when it comes to bathroom etiquette.
For a kitten, the box needs to be really, really easy to find. Kittens don’t have great bladder control so you shouldn’t expect your new youngster to be able to get all the way across the house or down a flight of stairs to find the box. Confine your young kitten to a smaller portion of the house so she can easily get to her litter box. Litter boxes should be in open areas where the kitten can easily see them. They should also be in quiet areas so kitty isn’t easily distracted. Typically, cats may eliminate after a nap, after playing or after eating. Your kitten will probably be on that schedule and then some because she’ll need to eliminate more frequently than an adult cat.
Frequently bring her over to the litter box on a regular schedule as she learns to perfect her potty timing. If your kitten isn’t getting the whole dig, eliminate and cover routine, or if she was taken from her mother too young and didn’t get that lesson, you’ll have to assist her. When you bring your kitten over to the litter box for a potty break, use your finger and dig a little in the litter. The sound and sight of that might entice her to do the same. If she eliminates but doesn’t cover it, take your finger and cover it a bit so she can see what the sequence is supposed to be. DON’T take her paws and cover the waste.
Just let her see YOU do the covering. Your kitten is just learning and she may not make it to the box in time. Don’t punish her in any way for missed litter box attempts. Instead, look at what you might be able to do to make it easier for her next time. Perhaps she was playing too far away from the box and you didn’t bring her back for a potty break in time. Maybe the box is too hard to get into? Was someone in the family holding the kitten for too long while she was squirming to get away in order to get to the box?
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