Having a new kitten in the home is a very exciting time. Your kitten has a new environment to live in, new companions and a lot to take in. Most kittens are toilet trained from their mothers and will already be able to use a litter tray. 


You will need to buy a litter tray big enough for your kitten to move around in and fill it with enough litter to cover the bottom of the tray. Using the same litter as at the breeder’s house will allow the kitten to be familiar with the smell and texture. There are different types of trays available. Some are the standard tray and others have lids. Tray liners are available to make changing the litter a quicker and simpler process.

There are several different types of cat litter from paper litter, granules to wooden based litter to choose from. Choosing a brand you know your kitten is used to will help with the training process.


Place the litter tray away from bedding and food, and make sure it’s somewhere reasonably private. If you see your kitten sniffing around, crouching or generally behaving like she needs to ‘go’ then show your kitten the litter tray.

Cats don’t like a dirty tray so it is best to clean the tray regularly. Some disinfectants and bleach are toxic to cats, so it’s best to only use hot water and detergent. If you’re pregnant, try to get someone else to clean out the tray or make sure you wear rubber gloves and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. This minimises the risk of toxoplasmosis which, thankfully, is very rare but can cause serious problems to unborn babies.

The outside world is a whole new adventure for your kitten and you will find she may start toileting outside therefore using the indoor litter tray less.

Do bear in mind though that your kitten may have accidents around the house if they have not been able to get to the tray in time or need a little bit more training. Persevere and show patience and your kitten and your house will thank you!

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