Litter training kittens and cats

Kittens generally learn how to use a litter tray quickly, normally by copying their mothers, and will often know how to use a litter tray by the time you bring them home. Read practising vet Richard Allport's top tips to make the process simple and effective.

1. A quiet, safe place

A quiet, safe place

Cats like their privacy, They like to go to the toilet on their own, away from others. Keep the litter tray in a quiet, safe place where it can be easily accessed.

2. Keep it clean

Keep it clean

Kittens are naturally clean animals and they like a clean litter tray. If the tray is not kept clean then your kitten may choose to go to the toilet elsewhere. Make sure the tray is cleaned at least once a day and use an absorbent cat litter.

3. Get to know your kitten

Get to know your kitten

As soon as you see that your kitten needs the toilet; lift them into the litter tray. Repeat this until your kitten can find the tray themselves. You can help by placing your kitten into the tray in the morning, last thing at night and after every meal. By repeating this behaviour your kitten will soon make the link between going to the toilet and using the tray.

4. Reward good behaviour

Reward good behaviour

When your kitten uses the tray be sure to give plenty of praise and small treats!

5. Accidents happen

Accidents happen

See our step by step guide to cleaning carpets, rugs and floors.

Important note

When correctly diluted, Zoflora disinfectant may be used where most pets are kept. Do not allow pets to lick or walk on wet treated surfaces. Keep off until dry.