How long does it take to litter box train kittens?

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How long does it usually take to train a kitten to go in the litter box? I want a kitten but i can’t get one if it’s gonna go on the floor for a month straight.. so with your experience with kittens in the past, how long did it take? Also, when they pee on the floor does it smell strong, is it easy to clean up?

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Answer by Star Val
you feel the kitty’s stomach. if it feels hard it means they have to poop or pee. then you put them in the litterbox and move their paws like they usually do when they use the bathroom and do that for a week he’ll get it. it’s the cats instict also if he doesnt cover where he used put him back in and grab his arms gently and show him by moving his paws to put litter where he used the bathroom. it takes usually about a week or 2 maybe even less it depends on the cat.

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6 Responses to “How long does it take to litter box train kittens?”

  1. debrah123 April 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    i’ve never really had a problem training my kitties. i normally keep them in a enclosed space, then set a shoe box lid full of litter in there with them. they figure it out on their own

  2. omNom April 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Kittens acclimate quickly to using the litter box. They naturally have the urge to bury their waste. There is really nothing to teach them, and it’s certainly not like housebreaking a puppy. It’s easiest if you start the kitten off in one room, like a bathroom, with the litter box. It should start going in there right away. Once it does that, it can gradually be introduced to the rest of the house. It’s a good idea to have 1 litter box per cat, plus one. So if you have 1 kitten, you need 2 litter boxes. The male’s urine will smell stronger. It is easy to clean off hard surfaces. Off carpet, not so much. The best cleaner is white vinegar as it neutralizes the ammonia in the urine. And always get your pet neutered around 6 months of age. This will make a much happier and healthier pet.

    Note: it kinda sounds like you need to do more research before getting a kitten. They aren’t something to take lightly. They require a lot of time and money. They can be a 20+ year commitment. And whatever you do, get your kitten from a shelter. There are so many homeless cats there that will return your love tenfold.

  3. camptaytay April 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Well it depends on what you can provide. Lets just say, my cat had 4 kittens unexpectedly lol.

    A good thing to do is, see how old it will be when you get it. Some already become litter-box trained.
    We kept all 4 kittens in a small room, until they were about 4 or 5 months old. During the 1st and 2nd month of their lives, they went ‘potty’ in the box they slept in, the floor, etc. Their mom was down their with them this whole time btw… and we already had a litter box down their for them. In the 3rd month, we noticed ‘littler’ droppings in the litter box, and we did not even teach them how to go in the litter box! They learned either by their mom, or by themselves. Some cats just have the instincts to go when they see other cats (their mommy) use the litter box. They still do it now, and are very ‘good’ at it, meaning they don’t ‘go’ on the floor! If you don’t already have another cat to teach it how to go in the litter box, when you get it, (probably when its 5-6 months?) if its not already litter box trained, after the kitten is fed/given water, place the kitten in the litter box, and grab its paw and slowly and softly, dig its paw into the litter. This will be ‘normal’ to the kitten, and it may go in the box! If it doesn’t the first time or second or third or on and on, do not get frustrated. Its just like teaching a baby to be potty trained. It can take a bit of time before they get it in their minds. When ever the kitten goes, praise it, and give it a treat, or a pet on the back/head. If it doesn’t, or goes on the floor at any time, do NOT yell. This will only make the kitten scared of you. Just calmly pick the kitten up, say “NO” softly, place it in the litter box, and do the paw digging again. Remember to be patient, and I hope everything goes well with your kitten! (If you do get one)

    Have fun!

  4. Café Mocha Valencia April 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Dogs need to be trained – not cats.

    As long as you get a kitten that’s at least eight weeks old it will already be litter trained. They’re taught by the mother cat how to use the litter box.

    Buy a book about kitten care and learn all about them before getting one. You clearly don’t know anything about them if you thought this – one of the most BASIC things to know about kittens.

  5. Grace James April 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    You should get a kitten older than 8 weeks. When you get the kitten, you keep everything, (the litter box, food bowls, toys, etc.) in one confined space like a small room. You keep her in there for a couple of days and probably about every so often, when you have time, (every 30 – 1hour) place the cat in the litter box so he/she knows where to go. Most cats from the shelter know are litter box trained so you don’t have to worry. Make sure, when you move the food and litter box, that they know where to go by doing the same thing and won’t get locked in a room without the litter box. It takes about 7 days if they aren’t trained enough. But if they do go on the floor, there are special products for that.

  6. joinme4coffee April 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Make sure you get a kitten that has been with it’s mother for at least 8 to 10 weeks. This is something they learn from their moms. I have 3 cats and didn’t need to teach them. And I have never had an accident on the floor. Make sure to scoop the litter box at least once a day.

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