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    Hi, I’m new, like five minutes new, lol, but I’m in a bind and who better to help me with my problem than people who understand and love cats!

    Anyways, I have a kitten that was gotten for me for easter. Dizzy is, as of this upcoming Friday, 9 weeks old. When we got him, we were told he was weaned onto solids (he is) and litter trained (he WAS) and that’s the part that I’m having problems with.
    TO make sure that Dizzy got along with Ticker ( 2 yo Mainecoon mix) and Boomer (1 yo in july black cat), we kept him in the bathroom of our old apartment and let them meet through the doors. Things were tricky, but it looked good. We then moved into our current apartment, where we kept in in the even bigger bathroom.

    He was using the litterbox so well and ddoing so good. We decided that we’d let him out to get aquainted with the hosue and everything.. only, one problem. He’s stopped going in the litter box, and instead is going on the floor ( no where near the litter box) and in the corner of our bathroom… I don’t know how to get him to use it anymore. Even picking him up and putting him in the litter box doesn’t work ( soon as he’s in it, he’s directly out and running away). Any suggestions? Here are some things that might help

    We’ve had the same litter for a year now (corn meal kinda litter that’s really good) we have two litter boxes
    They’re cleaned every other day
    The other two cats use them

    Let me know if you can help!



    he might not be happy with thr litter or the box set up. try giving him a box of his own away from the others, and/or changing the litter



    The fact that you only have two other litter boxes and that the other cats use them is probably the problem — cats instinctively feel very vulnerable when toileting and the other two litter boxes will be firmly marked with your other cats’ smells whereas little Dizzy is used to having his own litterbox all to himself. The rule of thumb for a multi-cat household is, one litterbox for each cat and one extra — so really for three cats, you need four litterboxes. Make sure it’s in a quiet area, out of apartment traffic, so that Dizzy will feel safe and undisturbed and can see the other cats coming from where he is. Put any little ‘accidents’ into his new littertray to mark it for him. You can also get something called Kitten attract, which you can sprinkle on the top of his normal litter (but be careful, you don’t want to encourage the other cats to start using his litterbox or you’re back with the same problem). The spots where he’s marked, you need an enzyme cleaner to get the smell off, it can also be useful to put his new littertray (make sure he can get in and out easily) over those spots where he’s gone in the past. If you’re not putting a litter tray on top, you can spray the spots with a feliway spray after you’ve used the enzyme cleaner, it tells cats ‘we don’t pee or poo here’. What also might help is a Feliway diffuser (a plug-in), that will help to lower the stress and aggression signals from all of them while they’re still learning to rub along. Finally, if none of that helps, I would put him back in the bathroom and try to retrain him to the litterbox all over again. Also, talk to your vet and click the pink tag ‘litterbox’ for more advice, and also google ‘inappropriate urination’. Hopefully, you can nip this problem in the bud. Male cats are very territorial and Dizzy now knows he’s in the bigger cats’ territory, it’s a bit difficult for all of them, no matter how much they like each other.



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    <span style=”color: green;”>Thank you for the help, we will definitely try some of those out. I got another litterbox the other day and plan on getting a fourth soon. We’re going to keep them in the four corners of the living room space, since they spend most of their time there, and see what happens. My mom has some stuff, anti-ickypoo that she said worked for her two cats, I’m going to try that.</span>



    8 week old kitten has been using box well for weeks but last few days has started peeing about 2 feet away from box behind a chair. This morning he walked in the box and back out then behind chair 🙁 He poops in the box consistently, its cleaned daily, he is the only cat (my first ever), so I am not sure the problem since its just pee. I have cleaned them properly and now added a pee pad to avoid carpet damage. I am going to get the litter attractant (but if he poops in it I doubt this is the issue) and pee deterrent to try stop it. I will read up on the feliway also but I am open to suggestions….he has been bottle fed since day 1 so I expected some issues since no role models to help him.



    He should not have issues just because he doesn’t have a role model. I would take him to the vet and make sure his urinary tract is healthy…he could have crystals and it’s painful when he pees so he associates the box with pain. He may also not like the texture or smell of the litter–even though he is pooping in there. You can get an unscented one and try that. The first place to start is your vet and make sure there are no health issues going on.

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