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Q: how to get kittens to use litter pan

October 21, 2008 | By Kathy X. | 9 answers | Expired: 2116 days ago

Kathy X.

I have always had at least one cat. I now have 4 due to two strays showing up and my adult cats did not mind sooooooo...now they are family. One kitten uses the litter pan without fail. The smaller kitten would rather go on a rug or piece of clothing that is on the floor. When I catch her doing this I pick her up and place her in the pan. She will finish but continues to prefer not to use the pan.

My two adult cats don't have a pan. They come in and let us know when they need to go out (like a dog). I got rid of their pan years ago. So it is only the kittens using it. I do not have a place to put a second litter pan. Please help! I need advice.

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Jena K.
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Oct 30, 2008

You might want to try another litter box with shreded paper in it for the one that wants to use the rug. We had a hard time at first with one of our little ones but we a lot of changes we finally got it right and little by little mixed the paper and reg. litter until it was just litter. We haven't had a problems since. They for you not to use scoop litter until after 4 months so you could also try clay litter. Hope this helps.

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EddieWayne
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Oct 28, 2008

I usually put the kitten in the box as soon as they awake in the morning or from a nap and especially after they eat. I move their paws back & forth in the litter so they will understand the digging motion. In fact, I am training 6 kittens now (5 weeks old) and after 2 days, I noticed one went to the box and urinated all by herself today. It truly is a natutal instinct for them. Just have to show them the box.

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Lsgraham
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Oct 23, 2008

Like Tonya said, "Cat Attract" is specially formulated to attract kittens/cats to a litter pan. It has worked wonders with the really young kittens I've fostered from our shelter. Great product.

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Stephanie  C.
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Oct 21, 2008

Good answers, but also, if you find any of her potty stuff elsewhere, clean the area really well, but put her poos and pee-soaked paper towels in the litter box. This will put her smell in there, and it will help her understand what it is for.

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Carrie M.
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Oct 21, 2008

I recently took in a kiten that was wandering around outside and I taught her how to use the litter pan kind of like a dog. I kennel trained her. I had a cat carrier and she waas small enough that I could fit a small tin baking pan, a water dish, and a blanket in with her. So I put litter in there and left her in it if I was gone to work or over night. She started using it and kept the habit after i started leaving her out while I was gone.

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2MEOWERS
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Oct 21, 2008

Wow, learn something every day! I've heard of training pads for puppies, but didn't know there was special litter for kittens. I took in 2 feral kittens at about 4 wks. After I bottle fed them, I would hold them in the litter box while I stimulated them to pee/poo. I think this helped their feet get used to the feel. Sounds like your kitten is past this stage, though. Wonder if your kitten uses the soft surface because it doesn't like the feel of the litter. Is the rug or piece of clothing near the litter box? If so, sounds like it has the right idea. Yes, you will need to confine the kitten in a small area while you are gone. I used one of my glass 8 x 12 baking pans for my kittens. My adult litter pans had high sides that they couldn't climb over. I always left a little of the used litter in the pan when I changed it so it kept a little of the right "smell". Only had two accidents while in the bathroom. At 6 wks. when I started to introduce wet and dry food, I put a cat scratcher in the kitchen and walled them in with cardboard boxes. (Getting too big for the bathroom.) My older cats could jump over if they wanted, and I could step over the boxes. Kittens were on linoleum so if an accident did occur I could take care of it. My cats are only indoor now, but when I used to have indoor/outdoor I still kept a litter box. I had a couple of cats that would come in to use the box and go right back outside! Besides, the box came in handy on rainy days or if they had to go during the night. At 8 wks., when I was home, I would let them out in the house. I would take them to the bathroom several times a day to just set them in the litter box so they would "remember" where it was. Good luck! I sure miss those crazy kitten antics!

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patrizia b.
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Oct 21, 2008

I agree with one of the comments, you should keep them in a small place with an easy access only to the litter box. Once s/he get accostomed to that, won't use the rug anymore.

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Debbie
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Oct 21, 2008

Lightly mop all of your floors with vinegar, up to the litter pan.

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Anonymous
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Oct 21, 2008

It sounds like your kitten was never taught by momma how to use the box. You will need to teach her to do that. You will need to get a litterbox that is low enough for her to get into easy. There is a special litter called "cat attract litter" that is made to help kittens learn how to use the box. Keep your kitten in a small room without carpet or rugs, like the bathroom. Leave her in there for 2-4 weeks as she learns to use the box. You can take her out when you are home but you will have to keep and eye on her. Best of luck.

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