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LITTER BOX
TRAINING

KITTENS 101

• ASSESS THE SITUATION

ASSESSING KITTENS

• NOTHING’S OPEN

MEDICAL TRIAGE

• SUPPLIES

• HEATING KITTENS

FEEDING KITTENS

LITTER BOX TRAINING

CREATING SPACE

GROOMING

• SOCIALIZATION

BACK TO RESOURCES

Kittens, unlike puppies, can be potty trained very early. That being said, when kittens are 4 weeks of age and younger, they need help expelling waste. They need to be stimulated to release urine and stool; when kittens are with a Momma Cat, she does this by licking the area. Without a Momma, kittens need you to help them pass waste.

  • Before and after each feeding, gently rub each kitten’s lower abdomen / genital area with a soft, absorbent, paper towel or wet cotton ball to stimulate urination and defecation.
    • Hold the kitten steady with one hand and gently rub with the tissue with your other hand in a circular motion.
    • One trick is to slowly count to 60 while you’re stimulating; at that point you’ll know if they’re done or if something’s on its way out.
  • It’s important to do this every time you feed them!
  • Kittens should urinate after every meal and should poop at least once a day.
    • Normal color of kitten poop is various shades of mustard and the consistency is similar as well.
    • Completely solid stool will not form while kittens are on formula.

Litter Box Training

Kittens 4-6 weeks of age should begin urinating and defecating on their own. If you notice urine and feces consistently in your foster area, it is a good indication that your kittens do not need to be manually expressed.

  • Put down a small litter pan or shallow cardboard box filled with non-clumping litter.
  • After each meal, put them in the litter box and see what transpires.
  • If they don’t get it right away, try putting a used cotton swab or paper towel in the litter box with them.
  • Ensure you are scooping the litter box at least twice a day, more if you have a large liter or they have diarrhea. A clean litter box will promote good bathroom habits for the kittens going forward.
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