any cat owners wanna give me advice on training my very stupid cat?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@lolot:  honestly I would take her to the vet….going outside of the litter box can mean they’re sick.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@lolot:   Can you put several litter boxes side by side on the wooden floor, so there is no wood area for her to pee on?  No matter how much enzyme stuff you use, the pee smell sinks way down in wood, cats have TERRIFIC noses and she can still smell it.  

Or maybe cover the area with vinyl flooring just until she gets used to the idea of going in the box?  

Cats are smart.  She just isn’t getting the idea. She looks Siamese?  They are particularly intelligent.  She may have a urinary tract infection.  

Post # 5
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Honey bee

Don’t ever rub her nose in it again as you won’t get anywhere apart from feeling bad and upsetting her

 Like others have said, it may be a sign she has an infection. Call your vets. Even if she isn’t ill they can help with training suggestions. Have you tried different types of kitty litter? Hope something works  

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@lolot:  You say she’s in perfect health but have you discussed this issue with your vet?  Have you tried a different kind of litter?  A different kind of litter box?

Also, a) don’t call her stupid and b) don’t rub her nose in it, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We had a cat that absolutely refused to use the litterbox unless it was plain unscented, unclumping litter.  Anything else and she’d just go elsewhere.  Try the plainest litter you can find.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@lolot:   After I posted I thought of something else – have you tried plain sand?  Sometimes cats are put off by strange odors.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Is it only by the litter boxes? If you move the litterbox does she still pee in the same spot, or does she pee beside the litterbox in it’s new location?

If she always goes back to the same spot, regardless of the litterbox location, then it may be that she smells that spot as her place to go. 

If she goes beside the litterbox regardless of where it’s location is, then maybe its a problem with the litterbox itself. Have you tried changing the litter? Cats can be fussy. Maybe the litter is good enough to poop in, but not to pee in?

ETA: Saw your post about the litter. Maybe try a non-clumping? 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Also, I don’t know if it’s an issue of her not understanding what the box is for. She clearly knows if she’s pooping in it. I think there’s another issue, and I’m guessing it’s the litter. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

try different, softer litter. don’t rub her nose in her pee. softer litter might make her more comfortable, and be more gentle on her little kitten paws. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@lolot:  I’m not mad at her or punishing her or anything

I would consider rubbing her nose in the floor a punishment.

Do you know her background?  If she was an orphan that would explain why she is failing to understand what kittens are supposed to innately understand.  She wouldn’t have had anyone to teach her!

Post # 15
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Honey bee

Some cats like to pee and poop in seperate places so having more than one tray is brilliant. I use catsan..Did try wood pellets. Glad you have learnt that punishing her will only make things worse. She needs praise and encouragement. Have you physically taken her to the other litter boxes and show her by placing her in then like a mother cat would show her? Also have you got a hooded litter tray? 

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