When you bring a new cat into your home, whether it's an adult or a kitten, there are plenty of other additions to your home as well.
For example, you'll need to dedicate a specific place for your new moggie's dishes, and you'll need to stock up on nutritious cat food.
There's also the question of a litter box - and while most felines will already know how to use this item, some might need a bit of extra training.
Be sure to select a litter box that your furry friend will be able to use. If the sides are too tall, a small kitten may not be able to get in. As the cat grows, however, an enclosed box or one with higher sides will help to keep the gravel in the tray.
If you have more than one kitty in your home, it's generally recommended to have one litter box for each one - and an extra for good measure. Cats are picky about where they do their business, and if they arrive at a soiled litter box, they may opt to go somewhere else.
Take some time to also consider the location of the litter box. Put it in a quiet place, away from the animal's food and water supplies.
Once the litter box is set up, gently place your cat or kitten in the box and give them a chance to sniff around or dig. They may not be interested in using the box right away, but they'll know where it is when the time comes.
Keep an eye on your pet and if notice them sniffing around a corner, or starting to dig, pick them up and put them back in the litter box. It should only take a few tries before they understand what they're supposed to be doing.
It's also important to remember that if a cat who has previously been good at using the litter box starts marking or leaving messes in inappropriate places, you should make an appointment with a veterinarian, as it could be a sign of other problems.
Written by: Hannah Dyball