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New kitten weeing in places other than box!

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    New kitten weeing in places other than box!

    Hi all, new to the forum but not to cat care!

    We recently got a kitten (Luna) from CPL to keep our existing 2 year old rescue company. As we're introducing them slowly, she spends a fair amount of time closed in 'her room' with her own litter box, bed etc.
    We're finding that if we have her out in the house during the day, she doesn't seem to know to go back to her room for a wee/poo as she's gone a few times in the corner of the living room and behind the tv.

    Any advice on how to train her to go back to her room when she feels the need? We've had her about 2 weeks now and she's around 10/11 weeks old. We would typically scruff her and pop her into her box when we discover the misdemeanour but if this is some time after the event I can't imagine it's that effective...her box is clean if that is what you might suggest.

    Any tips? Thank you in advance

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    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    New Hampshire
    Does she interact with the other cat? If not you might consider letting the other cat teach her to use the box. If she has access to the box and doesn't use it you may have a problem, a cat is either clean or it isn't. If she won't use the box and prefers to go on the floor thats a hard issue. At 10 weeks old she should be fully trained, you might try putting her in a wire crate with the litter box, food, a bed and a toy and see if she uses it then. Good luck and welcome to the forum
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    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    PA USA
    Welcome to the forum. I found this information on Pam Johnson-Bennett's website and find it helpful for your situation.

    Litter Box Location

    For a kitten, the box needs to be really, really easy to find. Kittens don’t have great bladder control so you shouldn’t expect your new youngster to be able to get all the way across the house or down a flight of stairs to find the box.
    Confine your young kitten to a smaller portion of the house so she can easily get to her litter box. Once she starts having access to more of the house, place litter boxes in multiple locations.
    Litter boxes should be in open areas where the kitten can easily see them. They should also be in quiet areas so kitty isn’t easily distracted. The location should be safe and secure so the kitten doesn’t have to worry about the family dog sticking his nose in there or a child or other family member startling her.
    Help Remind Your Kitten

    Typically, cats may eliminate after a nap, after playing or after eating. Your kitten will probably be on that schedule and then some because she’ll need to eliminate more frequently than an adult cat. Frequently bring her over to the litter box on a regular schedule as she learns to perfect her potty timing.
    When You Need to be the Mother Cat

    If your kitten isn’t getting the whole dig, eliminate and cover routine, or if she was taken from her mother too young and didn’t get that lesson, you’ll have to assist her. When you bring your kitten over to the litter box for a potty break, use your finger and dig a little in the litter. The sound and sight of that might entice her to do the same. If she eliminates but doesn’t cover it, take your finger and cover it a bit so she can see what the sequence is supposed to be. DON’T take her paws and cover the waste. That will only cause her to pull away and can start you off with potential litter box aversion. Just let her see YOU do the covering.
    Never Punish for Out-of-Box Accidents

    Your kitten is just learning and she may not make it to the box in time. Don’t punish her in any way for missed litter box attempts. Instead, look at what you might be able to do to make it easier for her next time. Perhaps she was playing too far away from the box and you didn’t bring her back for a potty break in time. Maybe the box is too hard to get into? Was someone in the family holding the kitten for too long while she was squirming to get away in order to get to the box? Litter box accidents aren’t the kitten’s fault. Any punishment will only start to create a fear of you (not what you want when you’re establishing a new relationship) and potentially cause a litter box avoidance problem.

Please reply to this thread with any new information or opinions.

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