Even if a kitten doesn’t train like a puppy, you can still teach him some basic rules, especially regarding cleanliness.
Learning its territory
The cat is a territorial animal. The key to its well-being lies first and foremost in its habitat. It divides its territory into several places: a place where it isolates itself (generally located in height to feel perfectly safe), a place (or several) where it plays, a place where it eats, a place where it relieves itself etc… Adopting a kitten, it anticipates a minimum!
When you see your kitten rubbing against furniture, be aware that it leaves familiarization marks (pheromones). This is her way of marking out her territory with reassuring landmarks. To make him happy, you must make sure his vital needs are met (attention given to weaning the kitten, adapted food), but also his behavioral needs such as sleep, hunting and play.
If you accustom him/her to living in an apartment and if you respect his/her needs, a cat can very well live without access to the outdoors. To prevent him from scratching everywhere, offer him a scratching post or a cat tree. Take him to the front regularly and rub his paws on it to show him.
Keeping your kitten clean: learning how to use the litter box
The kitten begins to groom itself when it is barely two weeks old.
The cleanliness of the cat is accompanied by litter training from a very young age, especially if he lives in an apartment. Teach your kitten to go to the litter box as early as possible and on a regular basis.
Place his litter box in an easily accessible, quiet, slightly secluded corner, as far away as possible from where he eats. When he goes to the toilet, praise him. If he has trouble getting in, put him on his litter box after meals. Repeat this until he goes on his own.
The box containing the litter must always be accessible, especially at night. Kittens are clean very early. Some kittens sometimes make considerable effort to climb into the litter box to relieve themselves.
Make sure the box is always spotless. Make sure that the litter box is kept clean, accessible and the fresh litter is at least 4 to 5 cm thick. Regularly remove clumps of clumping litter that form when it comes into contact with urine and feces. If the latter is more expensive, it is more economical in use.
Replace the litter every three days. Clean the plastic tray very carefully with soapy water. A disposable bag can be placed at the bottom of the tray for easier and cleaner disposal of soiled litter.
Which litter box should I choose?
There are two types of litter boxes: rectangular boxes and toilet bowls, which have the advantage of hiding the contents of the litter. In addition to the open litter boxes, there are other boxes with a lid. These can be transported. The cat slides in through the opening. Also ideal for shy cats or cats who like their peace and quiet.