A small kitten in the house is a huge responsibility. The owner, having brought it into the house, undertakes to ensure that he is fed and that he is provided with the necessary comfort, in addition to making the animal healthy. One of the main indicators of feline health at this age is the quantity and quality of bowel movements, in other words, how and how often the kitten goes to the toilet.
It is necessary
- - a special tray or box with low sides;
- - litter for cat litter or ordinary sand.
In the first few weeks after birth, when they are “breastfed,” the kittens are “cared for by the cat itself. Licking the babies, with her rough tongue, she simultaneously massages the anus and urinary canal area, immediately eating and licking everything that is released. Therefore, in the cat's "nest" always reigns cleanliness and inexperienced owners think that these feline "angels do not poop".
The feces of kittens can be seen only after they gradually or immediately, if they are taken from the cat, begin to switch to regular food. This usually occurs at 3-4 weeks of age. In this case, the cat already stops licking them in order to "utilize" the waste and you need to take advantage of this moment to train the kittens to the litter box.
As a rule, this happens without problems, if you managed to track their first attempts to go to the toilet in time on your own. To do this, you should already have a tray of filler or a regular box of sand at the ready. As soon as you notice that the kitten has begun to worry and scratch the surface with its paws, as if tearing apart the sand, transfer it to the tray. Usually, one time is enough for these neat people to understand what is required of them.
Once the kitten starts walking into the litter box, you have the ability to control how often he poops and pees. Frequency of visits to the litter box depends on what you are feeding it. If it is a semi-liquid food containing vegetables rich in fiber, it will visit the tray 3-4 times a day. When his food consists of protein food, and you give him additional special dry food for kittens, the number of such visits will be no more than 2 times a day.
But you should understand that it is not so much important as the times he poops, but the quality of the bowel movements. If the kitten is healthy and receives a balanced diet, its feces will be the same shape and consistency as in adult cats, maybe a little softer, but there should definitely not be diarrhea. In kitten excrement, there should also be no mucus, and even more so, blood.