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Litter box training....HELP!!

post #1 of 12
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I am having trouble getting my 5 1/2 week old kittens to use the litter box. Since they liked to eat the clay litter, we changed it to the Feline Pine litter. I put them in the cat box whenever I can, but they don't go. I was trying to figure out where they would be going to the bathroom alot. I looked under the sofa and what did I find..lil poops! ahh! How can I get them to get used the the litter box?? My other kitten, who is now older, had no problem learning how to use the box, but these 4 to go into the box. Any advice??! ..help!
post #2 of 12
First off, confine them to a small room or a large crate. The need to be in close distance to the litterbox. I would start there. Then just keep on putting them in it. If you find a poop in a different place, actually put the poo in the litterbox so they smell it and learn to go there.
post #3 of 12
i began to teach mine at a young age. what i would do was put them in it and scratch their paws in the litter. they had no problems learning how to do it. the only problem with mine is that every box they see they think is a litter box good luck!
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by JESSIEnKITTY
i began to teach mine at a young age. what i would do was put them in it and scratch their paws in the litter. they had no problems learning how to do it. the only problem with mine is that every box they see they think is a litter box good luck!
but the problem is...im using the feline pine litter, because they eat the clay kind..
post #5 of 12
i used a brand called Yesterday's News. it looks like little pellets or rabbit food. lol. my family is allergic to the clay kind and any other kind.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by JESSIEnKITTY
i used a brand called Yesterday's News. it looks like little pellets or rabbit food. lol. my family is allergic to the clay kind and any other kind.
thanks for giving me the tip. I now placed them all in my bedroom. Its better then having them roam through the whole house. I have the box, bedding, food and some toys in here. Hopefully this will make my mother happy on them not pooping under the couch.

On the flip side, I put what I could get from under the couch into their litter box to see if they will get the idea. Hopefully, they will be trained!! thx all.
post #7 of 12
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well apparently one of my parents decided to let them run around the house, and will not let me keep them in one room. Considering all they are going to do is poop under the couch. ugh! This isn't going to make anything easier for me.
post #8 of 12
did you tell them that they need to be in one room? how old are they (or did you say that ) they really need to be in one room to make litterbox training easier.
post #9 of 12
yeah you said 5 1/2 week olds. they probably still need to be in one room. mine wern't let loose until 6 or 7 weeks and that was after they were litter trained.
post #10 of 12
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well its mostly my step dad that yelled at me for keeping them in one room and that i was keeping them away from there mother. Even tho i was letting her in the room when she would start tapping at the door and let her out. I leave for a couple of hours and i come home and they are all around the living room. He thinks that he is always right when it comes to things and hes not going to listen to a 17 year old. Even tho the older cat that we have now, was in one room all the time until she was trained and then she was able to explore the house.
post #11 of 12
omg my dad was the exact same way. tell your step dad (but dont get smacked) that you have done research (by being on this site, you have) and that you know that the cats are SUPPOSED to stay secluded in one room until at least 6 or 7 weeks (correct me if i'm wrong people!) my dad always tried to tell me when the kittens were like 3 or 4 weeks that they should be out running around outside. i just told my dad that "if you are like me and you have done extensive research on the subject and know 100% sure what you are talking about, then you can help make decisions for MY cat and my kittens but until then, i think i know what is best for them" and then he just shut up about it. i'm only 15 years old. my parents dont usually want to hear what i have to say either, but when it comes to animals, they usually trust me. ( i want to be a vet so i kinda know some stuff that they dont. lol) i feel for you. let us know how it goes. (but please dont get yourself in trouble!)
post #12 of 12
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wooo wee! My kitties finally are litterbox trained!! They didn't really like the feline pine, and as soon as it was switched to clay they went right into the box and did there business. YAY. no more poopie under the couch.

My mother and I had a field day cleaning under the couch. Now its just the matter of keeping them from going under the couch. We are using pepper, and so far it is working. thnks for all the advice.!
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