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A Litter Tray, Cat Litter and a scoop are essential. Even if your kitten has access to an outdoor area, they should not be let out until they have adjusted to their new home. Their litter tray should always be accessible and easy to find. Choose a box that is deep enough to keep your kitten from scattering litter when they dig. It's best to use about two inches of litter in the bottom of the tray.

Commercial litter doesn't have to be changed every day; just use the scoop to remove the wet patches and faeces and replace them with fresh litter. You should, however, wash the litter tray once or twice a week with hot water. Be careful, some disinfectants can be toxic, and your kitten may be repelled by their scent.

Although shredded newspaper may appear to be a cost effective alternative to commercial cat litter, it absorbs soil and odour less effectively and is harder to clean up. Moreover, it can encourage your kitten to use newspaper not intended for the purpose!

Pregnant women need to be aware of Toxoplasmosis, a disease carried by cats that can cause birth defects. Toxoplasmosis is a disease that afflicts people as well as pets. But the cat is the only animal known to expel the parasite in its faeces. If pregnant, you should use gloves while handling the litter tray and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Your kitten can be kept free of infection by feeding them only commercial food and keeping them indoors.

Toxoplasmosis: A disease caused by infection with a microorganism, toxoplasmosis gondii; usually producing only mild symptoms except if contracted by a pregnant woman, when it can cause blindness and mental retardation in the foetus.

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