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Kitten Litter Box Training

Never Punish for Out-of-Box Accidents

Your kitten is just learning and she may not make it to the box in time. Don’t punish her in any way for missed litter box attempts. Instead, look at what you might be able to do to make it easier for her next time. Perhaps she was playing too far away from the box and you didn’t bring her back for a potty break in time. Maybe the box is too hard to get into? Was someone in the family holding the kitten for too long while she was squirming to get away in order to get to the box? Litter box accidents aren’t the kitten’s fault. Any punishment will only start to create a fear of you (not what you want when you’re establishing a new relationship) and potentially cause a litter box avoidance problem.

Need More Information?

For more specific information on training a young kitten to the litter box or more information on raising a well-adjusted kitten, refer to the best-selling book, Think Like a Cat. Be sure and also check out CatWise, for her answers to the 150 most-asked cat behavior questions.


You can find more information on cat behavior and training in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s best-selling books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s behavior or health, please contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care. This article is for information purposes only and not offering medical advice or providing a medical diagnosis.



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  1. Susan Stinchcomb

    I have two female foster kittens about 5/6 weeks old. They always poop in their litter box put pee in their “bed” or other cloth that is convenient. I’ve tried putting wet litter from my older cats’ boxes in the kittens box, but with limited success – still peeing in bedding. Any suggestions??? These kittens need to be adoptable. Thanks

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