Litter-training kittens … the key to success?9 July, 2008
I think everyone who’s read my posts of previous years on litter training will have realised that coaxing kittens to use their litter trays has not been my strong point.
(consider this is the equivalent of a whisper because I don’t want to tempt fate, but …)
I think that I may have finally got the hang of it with this litter of kittens.
The difference this year is that I confined them to a kitten enclosure from the time they had to start litter-training for about two weeks, only letting them out under supervision, or until they learnt to scale the pen).
The enclosure was quite large, about 4 feet square, with space for a bed, a cat scratching post and two litter trays.
The litter trays were small to medium-sized and filled with a double-layered sandwich of Yesterday’s News pellet litter and kitchen towels. I find that the YN pellets don’t absorb pee quickly enough and sometimes kittens’ paws get sopping wet. So the kitchen towels provide a surface to stand on that is a little drier.
Another trick I used was to wipe the litter trays with a bit of kitten pee so that they still retained the smell of urine.
Imagine my great pleasure when I found a kitten squatting in a tray, having its first pee. [BTW, kittens always scream when they first start peeing and pooing – it is quite alarming]. Imagine my even greater pleasure when most of the kittens started using the tray.
Sure, we’ve had accidents, but compared to previous years, they’ve been fewer.
But, to be honest, I think I got lucky with this litter of kittens. They’re little bundles of cleverness, they’ve actually litter-trained themselves.