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Thread Starter 
I thought my new kittie was doing very well. Shes 9 to 10 weeks now. Ive had her about a week now. she was always going in the litter box. I make sure it stays clean. Well, last night, she pooped on my sons bed while he was gone. Im not sure why she did it. I also think she pee'd on my blanket, but cant be for sure. What can I do to let her know she always needs to go in her litter box? Why would she go sometimes, but then other times not?
post #2 of 8
Has she been checked out by a vet? That would be my first step... rule out any medical problems. If it's nothing medical, she may need to be confined to a small place for awhile, such as a small room or a large dog crate with her litter box.
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Thread Starter 
she has been checked out by a vet, and was in perfect health. I took her the third day I had her just to make sure she was healthy.

Ever since i found the poo this morning, I locked her in the bathroom where her liter box and food are at. How long would you keep them in there? I remember doing it with my old cat when she was a kitten. It took three days, but after that, she never did it again. I feel awful leaving her in there. Everytime I walk past the door, she starts crying for me to let her out.
post #4 of 8
There's also this excellent thread, which was stickied at the top of the forum:


It focuses more on peeing outside the litterbox, but is still filled with very good solutions for litterbox issues...
post #5 of 8
Young kittens need to be confined for the most part when you can't watch them. And maybe put out more then one litter pan. They tend to forget or can't make it to the pan in time.

That's why its better to not allow total freedom for a young kitten till they are completely potty trained. This means you may have to do a partial confinement for a few months - till she is 4-5 months old and can be trusted.
post #6 of 8
Those are very helpful suggestions, but I oppose the suggestion that 'if it doesn't work, take him back' -- this is the cause of millions of lives lost annually, and it reinforces a lack of commitment and personal responsibility. When one adopts, it should be for life, barring catastrophic situations (and this is NOT a catastrophic situation!). Love, patience, consistency, and following the directions should yield positive results; if not, you shouldn't just abandon a loved one as if (s)he is an inanimate object! This is a LIFE we are talking about. Either adopt "for better or worse", or do everyone a big favor and don't adopt at all.
post #7 of 8
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I totally agree with you. its funny you brought this up, because I had an argument with a lady today because she was selling her dog to get some of her money back because it just wasnt working out... It kinda irritated me. I looked at her and said "so if you have a baby, and it just isnt working out, will you give up the baby, and just have another one?" LOL...

To me, too many animals are shipped off the shelters, and then put to sleep. has anyone seen the shelters on the days they come pick up the frozen bodies? Its horrific.

And sadly, now days, its sooo hard to find an animal a forever home. Its sad, but very true. In my opinion, when you adopt an animal, you making this animal a part of the family. You wouldnt just get rid of a family member would ya? Ok sometimes you may want, but you wouldnt do it!

Its the same with the animals we adopt. Its until death do one of us part. They are family. Im not that upset about her pooping on the blanket. I mean, it came right off, and was easily washable, but I dont want it to continue, but that does not mean im going to get rid of her. With patience and much love, we can both learn how to fix this problem.

I had a cat that i adopted a long time ago. She was 5 years old. She had this issue with peeing right outside the litter box. i tried everything!!! Even took her to the vet. Although I HATED what she did, not once did I consider getting rid of her for it. That would be like getting rid of my son because he dribbles down the toilet and sometimes doesnt make it to the toilet and wets his pants. LOL i still love him all the same. Same goes with my pets.
post #8 of 8
*She's a baby! Babies make mistakes.

*Did she miss your son? She might be attempting, in her foolish baby way, to "mark" her territory.

*How easy is the litter box to get to? I've often seen people who want the litter box out of sight, which is understandable, but if we set an obstacle course for a young kitten, they might not make it.

*Worming medicine? That's got dramatic effects.

*What kind of litter are you using? Those tender baby paws might not like the harsher litter types. We don't like walking on a gravel road in our bare feet.

*Anything changed around the litter box? Just stacking something that looms over the litter can make a cat feel vulnerable.

One time does not a pattern make.

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