(Closed) (If you are a vet, please read this) My kitten (6 months old) WILL NOT…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

As soon as kittens’ eyes open and they can walk a little, they should start using the litterbox automatically, because it is their instinct to bury their waste so it won’t smell and attract predators. It’s kind of amazing… I’ve seen 3 week old kittens use it, completely of their own accord. If a cat won’t use it, it could be one of the following problems:

1. Sometimes cats don’t like the feel of the litter under their paws, so they try to “bury” their waste somewhere else they feel is more appropriate. Try changing your brand of litter to something which feels softer under their paws, and don’t use clumping litter (you shouldn’t use clumping litter anyway, for lots of other reasons… use the silicone litter instead). They are less fussy about peeing, as peeing requires less burying to hide the smell, if you see what I mean.

2. Remove all the smells where he has been outside the litter box AT ONCE. Cats will go where they have gone before, because that is now their “toilet spot”. There are products you can buy for this.

3. Some cats will not use a litter tray another cat has used. They will pee in it, sure, because their standards are less high for peeing, but they will not poo. You need to make sure you have LOTS of different litterboxes all over the house if you have more than one cat. the general rule is one per cat, plus one extra. Change these all regularly… once a week may not be enough.

4. It may be that one of your other animals attacked your kitten whilst he was using the box. He won’t use it again if he was ambushed whilst using it. More litterboxes, and make sure that they are in spots with escape routes, where he can see the other cats coming and hide. However, don’t make the spot too open. He’ll need to feel a bit secluded in order to feel secure.

Hope this helps! Not a vet, but I do love cats.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If there is one spot your kitten keeps pooping in, maybe try and put a makeshift litterbox there?

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

i second what Rachel631 siad as well that if you switch kittens food abruptly they can get really bad tummy trouble and it just throws some cat way out of wack (while other are perfectly fine with it) you would have to slowly intodoce it to them over say two weeks to be totaly safe. like 5% new and 95% old, and just adjust the ratio untill its all new food ^-^

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would also suggest doing a de-wormer on your kitty. If you’re changing food that could cause the runny stools. However, I’d talk with your vet about doing a de-wormer, or running a stool sample test. Also, it could be tapeworms if the stools are really runny, which aren’t usually affected by the standard de-wormer.

I’d recommend changing the TYPE of litter. Could be he doens’t like it. Or you can try using the Kitten Attract litter, its more expensive, but it encourages kitties to “go” there. It sells at Petsmart & other pet supply shops.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

How many litter boxes do you have?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hiroshymatetrastar:  Whoops, sorry, missed that in your original post.

It sounds like he was ok on the Iams food? You see if your transition back to that helps. While cats can do the “angry poop” outside the box, I don’t think that fits with the history you’re giving me.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Are you currently using silicone litter? They should be naturally attracted to it, because it absorbs odours so effectively.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I get mine from my local Wilkinson’s store. It’s £3 (4.5USD) a bag there, or about £5.50 in regular shops. They really do prefer it. US bees… where do you get yours? It should only be slightly more than regular litter, and it lasts longer as well. Plus it’s much easier to clean up than clumping litter.

I’m afraid I don’t know what an automatic litterbox is! I know that if you use covered litterboxes then they are less likely to use them in a multi-cat household, though (makes it harder to get away if they are ambushed), so that’s probably not the answer!

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

………..I’m still not sold on the concept of automatic litterboxes. But each to their own. We have 3 cats and 3 litterboxes. We would have 4, but there is literally nowhere for a fourth to go. The house is just too small. We already have them in the dining room, spare bedroom, and my study… all uncovered. The guests will just have to deal with it! It’ll be easier when they can all go outside again next week (after bonfire night). Then they’ll mostly poo outside, and only use the boxes inside during cold weather.

Anyway, try the silicone litter. I know that many US cats are indoor only (different culture regarding cats, I think) but if you are going to use a cat flap, you might find he automatically starts going to the loo outside once he has the chance, which also solves the problem.

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