Whilst cats are very fussy about going to the toilet the good news is they generally learn quickly how to use a litter tray as long as it is clean and placed in the correct location. For new kitten owners, your pet may have already observed his/ her mother using a litter tray. If this is the case, the kitten is likely to be well on their way to copying her behaviour. All you need to do is show your new kitten where the tray is kept and encourage your kitten to go to the tray at the right time.
The best time to encourage your kitten to visit the tray is immediately after waking, within 30 minutes of eating a meal and when they are sniffing around or crouching like they are about to go. If he/ she is reluctant to go at these times, you can encourage your kitten by placing him/ her gently into the litter tray. Once finished, make sure you praise or reward your kitten.
If your kitten is reluctant to use a litter tray, here's a few pointers to try:-
If you want your kitten to go outdoors, gradually move the litter tray closer to the cat door making sure it is a quiet place. You can also sprinkle some of the cat litter in a toilet spot in the garden, choosing a spot you feel comfortable for your cat to use.
There are training products available to help your feline friend learn how to use a normal flushing toilet. The most popular product on the market is Litter Kwitter. This is a three step training system which fits on any toilet system and will encourage your pet to gradually transition from a litter tray to a normal toilet seat. For more information go to litterkwitter.com