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post #1 of 6
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Hi there, I am a first time cat owner and have a little 8 1/2 week old kitten named Lola. She was given to me at 6 1/2 weeks old, and i'm a little worried she was too young to be taken from her mom. I have managed to get her litter trainer 90% of the time, but we're running into problems during the night. I have a 1 bedroom apt and her litter is in the main room. She has been sleeping with us, since she is so young and likes to snuggle. She gets up either in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning when we wake up, and this is when she finds a corner of the bedroom to use as her toilet (but never pees). I've tried walking her between the bed and her litter before we go to bed, but that's not working. Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't want to end up shutting her out of the bedroom. Thanks in advance for any help!
post #2 of 6
Can you not provide her with a litter box for the bedroom for now? Little ones can't "hold it" so long to get all the way to another room sometimes ... it doesn't have to be permanent, just for now while she's young.

post #3 of 6
She was taken WAY too young. A kitten should stay with it's mom until 12 weeks of age. She won't know how to use the litter box, clean herself, or mostly anythig at 6 1/2 weeks. She also needs to get her shots now that he is 8 weeks old.

A litterbox for over night is the best idea. Make sure to place it in the corner she likes so much. A cardboard tray, from a case of soda's, with litter should be fine and can be tossed daily.

A kitten so young should have some kitten formula, or transition formula as she was weaned too soon and needs the additional calories.

Please keep us posted as to the progress.

Oh and get a good enzamatic cleaner like Natures Miracle and soak the spot she pottied on to remove the scent. Cats have a increadable sense on smell and she will return to that spot over and over unless the cleaner is used.
post #4 of 6
Run to the grocery store and buy about 5 of those aluminum foil pans, the throwaway type that are so cheap? Fill them all with litter and put them in the room, even at the foot of the bed on a chair or a chest
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much for your suggestions. For the last 2 nights i've been sleeping on the futon in the main room with Lola becuase I haven't had a chance to pick up some disposable littler boxes. We have been accident free for the last two nights (I think), so i'm hoping the addition of a littler box in our room will help. My concern is confusing her when I feel it's time to take the litter box out of my room. I guess i'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

I had mentioned I got Lola when she was just 6 1/2 weeks, I miss calculated a bit, it was actually 7 1/2 weeks. Not much better I realize. On the upside, Lola has been really well adjusted her whole time with me. Loves people, and I mean EVERYONE, has tons of energy and likes to play and race, and has been eating like a horse (especially lately). I have been getting her really good food for developing kittens so I think that helps.

One day i'll figure out how to post a picture so I can introduce her.

Thanks again!
post #6 of 6
That's so good to hear...don't forget to treat the area where she was having her accidents.

Good luck, and I look forward to seeing a picture of the little darling!
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