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Geni Tamerlaine 06-29-2011 12:17 PM

Kitten won't use the litterbox
 
We have tried everything to get our young kitten who is only a couple of weeks old to use the litterbox. Yet she continues you urinate in the pantry and defecate every other place that isn't the littlebox. Any ideas?

atreyu917 06-29-2011 12:26 PM

If she's very small you might have to make the box shorter. Like a cardboard box lid. I raised my kitten from 10 days old and it took hm almost 2 weeks from the time I got him to start using the litter box correctly.
Do you have other cats? Make sure there are multiple litter boxes and try different types. Some hate the covered boxes, some prefer it. You could also try different litter.

Alwaysbehind 06-29-2011 12:27 PM

A 2 week old kitten is too young to know to use the litter box.

atreyu917 06-29-2011 12:28 PM

Also when you're not watching her like a hawk make sure she is in a confined space, without rugs, clothes, etc for her to pee on.
I actually had mine in a small dog crate for the first couple weeks.

atreyu917 06-29-2011 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind (Post 1080964)
A 2 week old kitten is too young to know to use the litter box.

That.
It'll take time

spookychick13 06-29-2011 12:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind (Post 1080964)
A 2 week old kitten is too young to know to use the litter box.

I concur.

lilruffian 06-29-2011 12:36 PM

It might take time but as another pointed out, i would make the box smaller & keep her confined. I know it might be hard at first, but she will learn. Having another cat around could help too, but im not saying to rush out & get one!
When our cat had kittens a few years ago (first & ONLY time i will have that many at once!) i started putting a small box with litter near their bed as soon as they started walking & they all took to it very quickly.
Made one hell of a mess! but atleast the yucky stuff wasn't on the floor.

Alwaysbehind 06-29-2011 12:39 PM

A kitten does not have the ability to eliminate on their own with out being stimulated (mother licks them) until they are three weeks old.

spookychick13 06-29-2011 12:40 PM

On that note, is she eating on her own?

atreyu917 06-29-2011 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind (Post 1080984)
A kitten does not have the ability to eliminate on their own with out being stimulated (mother licks them) until they are three weeks old.

Mine definitely did haha. I have had to stimulate foster kittens in the past, but not mine. So not always true. But she already stated the kitten is using the bathroom, just not in the correct places.


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