Post # 1
I got a new kitten last Friday. We went out and got a litterbox (with traditional kitty litter included) and she started using it no problem. Last night we went to the farm store and got a whole bag of that litter that’s made out of corn. I dumped all the old litter out, washed out the box with vinegar, put baking soda at the bottom and sprinkled a little on the top too. I noticed that she hadn’t touched the litterbox since I did that, and this morning I found fresh cat poop in our dirty laundry. Considering the smell in our room, I’m thinking she peed in there too 🙁
First of all, why won’t she use the litterbox anymore? Are cats picky about the type of litter that’s used? Should I have mixed the new kind with the old litter? How can I get her to use the litter box again?
And second, what do I do with my laundry now? How do you deal with cat pee? Are my clothes going to smell forever? I haven’t actually sifted through the clothes yet so i don’t know what she peed on but it’s gotta be in there somewhere. Gross gross gross.
Post # 3
Cats can be very particular about their litter box and the type of litter they will use. Even with all the alternative litters out there, most cats prefer clay. If you don’t want to use clay litter, you can get multiple litter boxes and multiple litters to do a trial run and see which one she likes. Cats can also be sensitive to smells, so she might not like the vinegar you cleaned the box with.
Post # 4
@lampshade: You should have half corn litter, half of the old litter you were using (I would say clean litter but whatever floats your boat). She isn’t using it because she doesn’t recognise it as a littler box, because it doesn’t smell like one anymore. Cats are picky. Give her praise when you sit her in the litter box, and if she looks like she’s going to go to the toilet (some cats scratch at the ground beforehand because they’re used to litterboxes) put her in the litter tray.
I would wash the laundry and probably add some white vinegar to it to get the smell out.
Post # 5
my cats i adopted were use to this wood mulch stuff type litter and it didnt clump over the poop and hide it…. and it was weird… lol so we switched back to the clay stuff.. cats like to be private about their business they like to dig and hide it. does this stuff clump over like the other stuff? I think its very likely the cat does not like the litter… and or the smell of the vinegar and baking soda is bugging her.
Post # 6
Yes, cats can be very particular about litter! You can try to gradually mix the litter types and she/he might come around, but they might not. My suggestion is if you find something they like stick with it. Otherwise it will confuse your kitty and you’ll end up with more accidents.
Vinegar and laundry detergent really help get out cat smells. Just put the normal amount of detergent in the washing machine and I just pour a bit from the bottle in there, then add my clothing. You might want to spray SHOUT or something similiar if there are any yellow spots from the pee. Also, sometimes I send the clothes through again with just detergent, because I’m not a fan of the vinegar smell.
Post # 7
my cat is SUPER particular about everything – we wanted to switch him from Purina One to a better cat food – we did the whole mixing thing and he would just not eat, at all. So fine, we go back to the Purina crap. Well, one day I accidently grabbed a different flavor at the store – wouldn’t eat it. He didn’t eat for DAYS.
We also tried an “alternative” litter, and yup, wouldn’t use it. So we stick to the bad for him cat food and the clay kitty litter. I try to class our cat up and he just won’t take it.
Post # 8
Yes, this litter clumps and it’s not dusty. I moved a piece of poop from the laundry (yech!) to the litterbox and showed her again. And I shut my bedroom door. Hopefully she gets the picture. Next time I go out I guess I’ll go buy a bag of clay litter and mix some of it in there.
I got her from my sister’s girlfriend and when I asked about toilet training (it’s been a long time since I’ve had a kitten), she said the kittens never had an ounce of trouble with that; they just used the litterbox right from the start.
Post # 9
Cats r very particular about their litter and sometimes the box it’s in. corn litter might be a hit un natural forbyour cat..i have had to go thru five different litter brands in the past with cats. some cats like sandy litter…sometimes those huge pellet ones…some like wood litter and the basic grey little pebble like litter. it’s all about trial and error.
Post # 10
My cat won’t touch that corn based litter. I’d just go back to the original kind you had.
Post # 11
My cat loves that litter…all litter…give it to her…it’s like donuts for Homer Simpson. Except she doesn’t eat it.
But most cats are super, super, super picky. Do as others have suggested and mix your new litter with old clay litter.
Post # 12
Cats can be super picky, it’s not unusual for them to reject a new litter. We used corn based litter and then World’s Best Cat Litter for years and one cat suddenly decided she didn’t like it anymore. We switched her to Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract litter to get her back to her box, and now use half Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract and half Dr. Elsey’s Precious. It is the most dust free clay litter we could find and is very low tracking.
Our new kitten only used clay litter at his rescue, so he is also on Dr. Elsey’s now. I would much prefer the corn litter, but our kitties just aren’t on the same page!
Post # 13
@lampshade: We use the silica gel litter, our cats won’t use anything else. They can be VERY picky about the litter used, trust me. Stick with what she likes to use. And cats can also be just as picky about their food, water, etc.
I used to have a cat that had gotten addicted to bottled water, but not the storebrand kind. She wanted MY bottles of Dasani water, and would literally get up on the bed or wherever I was, to try to grab the bottle from me. Then exH got her hooked on Fiji water. She’s a monster!
Post # 14
LOL my boss just taught me that cats really do care about their litter type (and food type and water cleanliness and toy type…oh brother!)…I don’t have a cat but we’re thinking of getting one soonish and she told me to use Fresh Step, even though it’s more expensive it’s worth it. I haven’t looked it up to see what “more expensive” is exactly but I probably won’t start off with it if it’s really expensive. Unless my cat is picky like hers. It’ll be an interesting new experience for me when we get a cat haha