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    Jenna
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    Hi everyone! I’d really just appreciate some insight / advice and any sharing of experiences would be great.

    I’ve had my kitten Celeste for about 3 weeks now, and she is approximately 10 weeks old. When I first brought her home she took to the litter box fairly well. Despite one or two accidents on the floor (never stools, thankfully, just urine) whenever I would place her in the box, she knew what to do. It only took her a few days to start using it on her own. I had initially placed it in a very obvious spot in the living room so she wouldn’t have any trouble finding it. Once she got older, I moved it to a more private, conspicous area and showed it to her — she has had no trouble finding it in the new spot.

    There were a few occasions when we first brought her home that, although she was using the litter box, she did also pee in our bed when we had her up with us. As quickly as possible we would remove her, show her the litter box (where she would finish her business) and then spray the sheets with enzyme cleaner and remove them to be washed (with oxi clean!) She did this about twice, but it was when we first brought her home and she was still only about 7 weeks. We figured this was just an accident because she was too busy playing on the bed and couldn’t get to the box in time.

    We got another litter box and put it in the bedroom for when she is in there with us at night, and she does use it. We now have two litter boxes and use non-clumping clay litter (only because she is in a phase where she likes to play and put some of it in her mouth). We clean the boxes regularly, but I like to leave a small amount of urine sometimes so she knows where to go.

    She got really good with the box after we got the second one and always went inside of it. No more floor accidents and not one in the bed either. We began letting her up with us much more often (and sometimes we couldn’t control it anyhow because she had learned to climb up on her own 😆 and liked sleeping with us).

    Recently, however, she urinated on the bed again. This was two days ago. We washed with enzyme cleaner again and changed the sheets. I’m a little disappointed because she went so long without doing this. Is this normal? Was it likely just an accident because she’s still a kitten? She’s been using the litter box really well but I suppose it’s still a possibility. My girlfriend did say that she was sitting by her litter box, so she stuck her hand out to her to see if she wanted to come and hang with her — she did walk to her — so she picked her up and put her on the bed — and that’s when she peed. Maybe she got confused?

    I just hope she doesn’t decide that the bed is also a place she is allowed to go. I think I’ve done most of the suggestions for litter box training. Any advice? Even just reassurance that this is normal would be great. 🙂

    #867743

    pussigato
    Participant

    Her peeing in the bed seems too random so I recommend taking to her vet. and finding out if she has UTI.

    I mean if she were using your bed to pee in, she would do it more often.

    #867744

    Jenna
    Participant

    Hi pussigato, I feel like if it was a UTI there would be more random incidents outside of the litter box… but it only seems to happen very occasionally and in my bed. She also doesn’t show any signs of being in pain while urinating and everything else looks normal… I have a vet appointment for her coming up so I will ask.

    #868186

    Jenna
    Participant

    Well, since writing this post I’ve taken Celeste to the vet. No UTI — vet suggests it’s probably behavioral and we should shut her out of the bedroom so she can forget the behavior. So we shut her out for about 2 weeks and then tentatively let her back in for a few nights. She was fine for about 3 days. Then in the morning of the 4th day, after we had fed her, she took her bathroom break… on our sheets. Again. 🙁

    I don’t understand. I feel like I’ve done everything right. Has anyone else had this issue? Shutting her out of the bedroom seems to be the only option but it gets very hot to shut the door, so we’ve had to install a pet gate that she can climb through if she tries hard enough.

    #868190

    pussigato
    Participant

    You’re doing the right stuff, Jenna. Some kits are more challenging than others. Purrhaps, you can set up a playpen for her in the bedroom. That way, you can have the door open and she’s still with you.

    https://www.chewy.com/elitefield-2-door-soft-sided-dog-cat/dp/157538?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=EliteField&utm_term=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp9Kazs6r2wIVCa_ICh1MPA6VEAYYASABEgK1GPD_BwE

    They range is sizes and prices.

    #868398

    Tom Davies
    Participant

    Maybe she might be stressed.

    Also, it takes time and patience for a kitten to use the litter box completely.

    This article is very helpful and worth a read.

    How to litter train a kitten fast

    Hope this helps 🙂

    All the best

    PS – When cleaning the urine try to ensure no marks is left at all because Cats have a strong sense of smell and maybe she thinks that is where she needs to urinate.

    #868596

    mehdi
    Participant

    I used it for my kitten and this way is unbelievable Just give her some milk at nights before going to the bed.

    Flower

    #868749

    Katie judkins
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    Uh-oh! Pottying the sheets is no good! I’m glad you checked on the UTI. That was my first thought, too. I had some luck using a large kennel with a stray queen and her kittens that had taken up residence in my unheated garage one, very cold winter. She refused to use the litter box unless she was confined to a small space with one available. I don’t think Celeste should be in the kennel all day, obviously, but maybe it would help at night when you want to leave your door open without having your bed baptized. ?

    #868750

    Katie judkins
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    Uh-oh! Pottying the sheets is no good! I’m glad you checked on the UTI. That was my first thought, too. I had some luck using a large kennel with a stray queen and her kittens that had taken up residence in my unheated garage one, very cold winter. She refused to use the litter box unless she was confined to a small space with one available. I don’t think Celeste should be in the kennel all day, obviously, but maybe it would help at night when you want to leave your door open without having your bed baptized. ?

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