Health Topics

Litter Box Training

The average kitten begins litter training between 4-6 weeks of age. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you begin the process.


  • Keep your kitten's litter box clean.
  • Have more than one litter box in your home.
  • Pay attention to your kittens litter preferences ie. Some do not like perfumed litter.
  • Consider sand-like litters.
  • Keep your kitten's litter box in a secluded area.


  • Use perfumed litters.
  • Use clumping litter with kittens younger than 4 months old.
  • Keep the litter box near food or water bowls.
  • Use ammonia-based cleaners on the litter box.
  • Allow dogs, children or other cats to deny your kitten access to its litter box.

Abnormal litter habits account for over 10% of all behavioural problems experienced by kitten owners.

Simply stated, the causes of elimination problems fit into three major categories.

  • Physical
  • Environmental
  • Psychological

If your kitten is eliminating improperly, contact your veterinarian.