(Closed) Kitten woes

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would probably take her to the vet to make sure she’s OK. Sometimes when cats have changes in litter box behavior it’s because somethings off physically. If she’s fine, they might have some good times for how to change the behavior.

Other than that, what do you do to reinforce that the peeing is bad behavior? Would this be an appropriate time to bring out the spray bottle for some negative reinforcement? (Of course, unless you catch her in the act, that isn’t useful)

I hope you figure this out!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Is your kitten spayed? I know that some kittens will start to pee and “spray” on things as early as 5 or 6 months old.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

AS someone who runs a cat sanctuary, I have literally dealt with many dozens of cats over the years.

1. Is the cat spayed? This often is associated with inapproriate peeing.

2. Have the kitten checked for health problems.

3. For one cat, there should be 2 cat boxes.

4. You may need to change litter. Many cats dislike scented litter.

5. Throughly clean any area that has been peed on. A good cleaner on hard surfaces, an enzyme cleaner on carpets.

6. DO NOT LEAVE PLASTIC BAGS laying around! Many cats love peeing on plastic bags. For brief cases, etc., hang them up or put them in a closet.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Our cat did something similar almost 3 years ago, peeing all over the house instead of her litter box. On our way out the door one morning she did it right in front of us, and we found blood and little chunks in her urine. We took her to the vet immediately and it turns out she had a pretty severe kidney infection. She was at the vet for a week and according to her doctor, only 40% of her kidney now works. She was loud and peeing around the house for 3-4 days.

As for the plastic bags, I don’t usually leave plastic bags laying around so I don’t know how our cat would act around it. I know she loves paper bags but that’s only because she likes to hide in it. Good luck!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@bakerella: With three cats you should have 4 boxes.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Just out of curiosity, why 2 boxes for one cat? I’ve never heard of that.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Mine like bags, too.  I hang my reusable bags from the doorknob so they’re not on the floor.  They have only peed on stuff once, and that was after I had stayed at a friend’s house for a couple nights that had cats.

My problem is the hairballs.  I have two Maine Coon mixes, and I swear I clean up a hairball every day.  Even with hairball food!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

not sure why the cat peed on the gym bag, but my cat loves gross smelling things. He rolls around in used gym clothes purring like a nutcase and climbs into gym bags with smelly stuff in them. So maybe your kitten is weird like my cat and just likes the smell. 

As far as not peeing in the litterbox, I’ve encountered that twice – once when he wasn’t feeling well and once when we were having the house renovated and he was pissed… literally I guess.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I also volunteer with several animal rescue groups and we recommend a box for every cat + 1. Cats are territorial and this just seems to work better. During the summers I volunteer with the spay/neuter clinics and I am the one who draws the blood for the FIV/FeLeuk testing.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

@soccerball:  Oh, yeah. My female loves stinky things, too.  She rubs all over FI’s feet the instant he gets home from his 10 hour restaurant shift.  She lays on FI’s stinky shoes all night.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Your cousin brought a new scent in the house, so she may have felt the need to “re-mark” her home. Has there been any other stress triggers.  Cats get wiggy when their routine.  I agree with the other posts.  If this continues, she may be trying to tell you something’s wrong.  Have your vet check her out.  Better to be on the safe side.

Our cats are very particular about their litter.  No scented and very fine grain for them.  They can’t stand the upgraded stuff like Tidy Cat that has the crystals.  We use the “house” brand from our local pet store.

We just brough a new kitten home, ourselves (Monday).  Wow, acclimation has been difficult with him.  He is so anxious to come out of the isolation room.  He still has a few days to go, though.  He is going to be huge!!!  He just turned four months and he is already the size of a six month kitten.

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