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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ok, Squeeky is 8 wks old , and he still wont go to the litterbox...
I posted last wk , and got a few suggestions. I dont have a crate, so instead I blocked him off in the kitchen, where he is stuck, but Squiggles(momma) can come and go. Well for a day and a half, he went in the box,,,PERFECTLY.
So I let him out, and boom it was back on the floor..

I have been using Natures Miracle. So I know I have been cleaning it well, and its in different areas, so I know it's not the smell bringing him back to one spot...

I cant take it anymore. Am I just supposed to leave him in the kitchen. FOREVER???
Does that mean its just an attitude problem, that he can do it when he wants..

I have to stop this before I go back to work..My landlord is gonna kill me
post #2 of 13
Try putting more litterboxes around, one in every room for a while so he can see them.

Also, instead of just locking him up, after he eats or wakes up, take him to the litterbox and stay there with him until he goes, putting him back in if he leaves. Once he goes, praise him, pet him, give him a treat, teach him it's a really good thing to do. Do that for a week or so, that and with the other litterboxes around, he hopefully will get the message.

You may always need at least 2 litterboxes, he may not like using the same one the other cat is for now or visa versa.
post #3 of 13
I agree with Charmed, he will need more litterboxes, and reminded at times where they are.
He may still have a young digestive system and when the feeling comes, he may not have time to get all the way back into the kitchen, depending on where he is in the home.
Good Luck!!
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
One thing I forgot to add was the consitency of his poops..They are VERY soft. Is there anything I can feed him to harden them up?? Or is this normal??
Im so used to Squiggles, She could go wherever, and I could just go grab it with a paper towel. But not the baby, and that is why its so fraustrating when he goes on the floor...So is this normal kitty stuff??
Its not really runny, just soft, whereas as soon as u go to grab it, its deeper in the carpet...

And he just figured out how to break out of the kitchen
Our bathroom is so tiny, Id have to have my feet in the box while using it myself..hopefully I can figure out something..As to more litterboxes, I did that. I put one where he was going, so then he went to the other side of the room and went..The one in the kitchen, that he does use when he is in there. And then I have Squiggles in the laundry room
post #5 of 13
So there are two litterboxes?

I think you need a bunch more then that. Get little pie tins and put them all over the house or the area youa re keeping him at. You also should not be using clumping litter in case you are. That can cause trouble with a little baby kitten.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
3 litterboxes, and no clumping..
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by alliread
One thing I forgot to add was the consitency of his poops..They are VERY soft. Is there anything I can feed him to harden them up?? Or is this normal??
Has he been checked by the vet yet?!? Maybe there is something causing the loose poops making it harder for him to go to the litterbox.
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Originally Posted by alliread
Im so used to Squiggles, She could go wherever, and I could just go grab it with a paper towel. But not the baby, and that is why its so fraustrating when he goes on the floor...So is this normal kitty stuff??
Its not really runny, just soft, whereas as soon as u go to grab it, its deeper in the carpet...
If Squiggles has made many "mistakes" on the carpet, it may just smell like litterbox to him. He may believe it is ok to go wherever he has gone before.
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Originally Posted by alliread
And he just figured out how to break out of the kitchen
Our bathroom is so tiny, Id have to have my feet in the box while using it myself..hopefully I can figure out something..As to more litterboxes, I did that. I put one where he was going, so then he went to the other side of the room and went..The one in the kitchen, that he does use when he is in there. And then I have Squiggles in the laundry room
IMHO, you need to purchase a crate. A cat who has learned from birth that it is ok to potty on carpet will be unadoptable, and no one will be able to keep him as a housecat. He needs to be vet checked (if you haven't already done so) to rule out health problems. Then he should be crated unless you are actively watching to be sure he doesn't make any more mistakes.

My last litter of foster kitties were the only ones I ever had problems with going on the carpet in the kitty room. Since it was only two areas, I simply covered them (after cleaning), so the kitties couldn't get to them anymore.

Good luck with Squeaky. I think he is still young enough to litter train, but if it was me, I would be extremely firm in keeping him confined, even if it meant the tiny bathroom or laundry room, until this is corrected.

I have also heard of using a black light to get rid of all the poo and pee from the carpet...that might help, too.
post #8 of 13
I don't think 1 1/2 days is long enough to keep him confined. I would keep him at least 5 days in the kitchen.
It must be hard learning without littermates.
post #9 of 13
I just remembered another tip...leave a little bit of poopy in the litterbox, so they are attracted there to poo again. Maybe with him being the only kitten, it is harder than if he had siblings as role models. (Let me tell you, with 6 kittens, someone was always in the litterbox! LOL!)
post #10 of 13
I think the kitchen might be too big of an area also. Keep him confined longer. He will get the hang of it Patients is the key.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Sorry for the confusion. Squiggles doesnt go on the floor, just stating that if she did, I could easily pick it up..Meaning they have 2 different consitancies.
Well I went out for the afternoon, and came home, I havent FOUND any accidents, and I made him sit in there until he went.. The litter that I have I cant see new wet marks, So I might just switch...

But he did poop in the litter for me, and got his rewards afterwards..
I guess I will try this every few hrs...I just couldnt tell if he peed, because he would squat quickly , then move, then again , and again, till he poops. Im using a litter like yesterdays friends. So its not like you see a big wet spot..

Hopefully we got this down..
Oh and as far as the vets, yes he has been checked out.
And he is staying with mommy forever...hoping that all issues die off
post #12 of 13
Mom is there and am sure soon she will get on him and tell him look go in there son
post #13 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by alliread
Sorry for the confusion. Squiggles doesnt go on the floor, just stating that if she did, I could easily pick it up..Meaning they have 2 different consitancies.
Well I went out for the afternoon, and came home, I havent FOUND any accidents, and I made him sit in there until he went.. The litter that I have I cant see new wet marks, So I might just switch...

But he did poop in the litter for me, and got his rewards afterwards..
I guess I will try this every few hrs...I just couldnt tell if he peed, because he would squat quickly , then move, then again , and again, till he poops. Im using a litter like yesterdays friends. So its not like you see a big wet spot..

Hopefully we got this down..
Oh and as far as the vets, yes he has been checked out.
And he is staying with mommy forever...hoping that all issues die off
I personally don't believe in the confining. That could just cause more stress which will cause more problems.

Why not temporarily use a plain, simple, inexpensive clay litter? It's safe and you can see if he pees in it.

I think the best thing is to do what you plan, take him to the litter after he eats, when he wakes up from a nap, and after a few hours if he hasn't eaten or slept, just in case (although he might not go then). And reward him, and talk gently and calmly to him while he's in the litterbox. You want to make it a pleasant experience to be there.

I think the alumnum pie tins are a great idea. Even a few of the aluminum cake pans you can get at the dollar store. Eventually you can get rid of them, although you might need 2 for the 2 cats... that depends on the cats eventually.

And yes, keeping a bit of poop in new, clean litter might help. They sometimes need the scent to remind them where to go.

Of you do see the kitten squattng ready to go on the floor, or in the middle of going on the floor, run and grab him up and bring him to the litter, and when he finished praise him. It might cause a dribble, but that will help him learn. You can even say a stern "no" right before you pick him up, but ONLY if you catch him in the act. They won't understand it if you say it even a moment or two after he's done.

A little work and patience now I think will solve the problem amd pay off in the long run.
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