In normal circumstance kittens will imitate their mother playfully in practically everything she does – and this applies equally to using the cat’s toilet. You can start getting the kittens into the habit as soon as they are three weeks old.
Ideal for the purpose are special flat plastic bowls, which you can get from a pet shop. These have a deep indent at the edge and a corrugated access, so that even baby cats can get in and out without a problem.
Once kittens start to eat solid food (at an age of between four and six weeks), their mothers stop cleaning them. Now, if not before, it is essential to have a cat’s loo set up close to the nest.
Young cats are naturally very inquisitive, and will explore the cat’s toilet just for this reason. You can also expect them to start trying to eat the litter. In order to avoid unpleasant consequences, like twisting of the intestine, a plant-based litter is the best choice for kittens. CAT’S BEST ÖkoPlus consists of pure plant fibre, and so can be digested without any problem. And soon the intelligent small creatures will realise in any case that the litter is not meant to be edible.
You need to be meticulous about keeping the kittens’ toilet clean, otherwise they will soon be looking for alternative places to do their business in the room. You should on no account try to discipline a kitten with harsh words or by forcing it into the litter tray. Cats are extremely sensitive. If they once associate a place with negative feelings, they are not going to get over it in a hurry! Words of praise and abundant stroking sessions are much more effective for reaching your objective of educating small cats in cleanliness.