When you first get your kitten, you’ll probably find that it already knows how to use a litter tray as they will have been taught by their mum. Both kittens and cats like to be clean at all times so you need to make sure your scoop out any poo on a daily basis, otherwise they will stop using their litter tray and start going elsewhere. You don’t want to find that your new kitten has gone to the toilet in your favourite pair of shoes!
It’s recommended that you have a separate litter tray for each cat in your household but this is down to personal choice. If you have a large house you might want to have one downstairs and one upstairs so that your cat/s are never far away from one. Litter trays can smell really bad if they’re not cleaned or if you use a cheap cat litter. Most cat owners would recommend you choose a dust-free, natural litter over a clay based one.
When your kitten reaches six months and you start letting them outside, you might be tempted to get rid of your litter tray and make your kitten go the toilet outside but this isn’t ideal. There will be times when your kitten/cat is alone in your home for a few hours when you pop out or when you go to bed and if they urgently need the toilet they will end up leaving a puddle or pile of mess on the floor. It’s much better to have a litter tray available for emergencies.
If you find that your cat is spraying in your home, you should get them neutered if they aren’t already and get them checked over by your vet. It might be that they’re feeling stressed or have an underlying medical condition.
Cats are highly intelligent and are capable of learning tricks with the right encouragement. A small minority of cat owners train their cats to use a human toilet but this isn’t very hygienic, especially when you think that you could potentially catch worms because you’ll be sitting where your cat has been. If this doesn’t put you off, they are plenty of how to videos on YouTube for you to watch.
For information all the different types of cat litter tray out there, and which one may be better suited for you cat, take a look at our guide here. It is also very important to keep a cat's litter tray maintained and clean, as they are often extremely houseproud, so make sure to check out our guide here to keep your cat both happy and healthy.