Going Outside the Litter Box
Unlike puppies, kittens are easy to house train—show them the litter, and you’re pretty much done. That said, problems can arise down the line. Once you consult with your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health problems, it’s time to take a good look at your litter. How clean is it? Clean enough to meet a cat’s exacting standards?
“Cats hate dirty toilets, just like we do,” says Amy Shojai, author and certified animal behavior consultant. “Keep it clean by scooping at least daily, and follow the one-plus-one rule for litter boxes: one box per cat, plus one.”
You also want to make sure the litter is in a nice, private place—again, human bathroom preferences apply here—and that the box is roomy enough. Shojai cautions that most commercial litter boxes are on the small side, and suggests using larger plastic storage bins if kitty is going next to the box.
Still not having any success? Try switching up the litter—your go-to brand could be irritating your cat, or simply not meeting his expectations.