Kitten Has Stopped Using Litter Box

I just got a kitten a week ago. Her box was in the living room and she was using it great. Three days ago we put it in the kitchen. She goes in it, but two days ago she peed on the floor.

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Then she didn't, and she was fine, going in the litter. Then today she peed on the rug again in a different spot. Why is she doing this and how can I prevent it from happening again? My husband wants to get rid of her. Please help.

Tiffany

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Kitten Has Stopped Using Litter Box

With cats, when they are peeing other places other than the litter box it's a sign of a urinary tract infection. Take him/her to the vet to get checked for this problem. (08/05/2009)

By lorraina

Kitten Has Stopped Using Litter Box

I should state that usually it's a sign of tract infection. (08/05/2009)

By lorraina

Kitten Has Stopped Using Litter Box

Get her checked by a vet to make sure she is healthy. It is very upsetting to me when I read about how people will adopt a pet and don't have a clue on how to take care of them. You must plan to adopt a pet; almost like bringing a new baby home from the hospital.

You only had her for a few weeks, do not move the litter box to different places; this may confuse her. Find one spot and leave it. Cats like a private area to do their business, not out in the open. Cats are clean so do not place the litter box near her food or water. Keep the litter box clean; scoop every day.

Do a search on line and find out basic information about kittens/cats. Kittens are not that difficult, you have to remember it is still a kitten. You didn't mention the age of the kitten. Could it be too young? Usually a kitten is given up for adoption at eight weeks old, but it is better to leave them with the mother and siblings until their 10-12 weeks old. They learn social behavior from their mother and siblings. This applies to puppies too.

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If your husband can't be understanding and have patience you may have to consider finding a new home for her. You can't expect her to learn instantly.

Please make sure you understand how to take care of a kitten. Be fair to her; she has to rely on a human for care. Have patience, give her love and comfort and she will reward you for many years to come. (08/06/2009)

By mkymlp

Kitten Has Stopped Using Litter Box

You do need to get her checked by the vet.

But it may be simply a matter of you moved the box too far at once. Some kittens get used to where the box was and any large change like you did is too much for them and they resent it. Try putting the box back where it was for a few days. Then once a week, move it closer to where you want it to be by only about 4-6 feet. By moving it gradually like this she may follow it with no problems.

But definitely ask the vet to check her out, too. It might be a physical problem. Although, since she used it when it was in the living room and didn't start not using till you moved it, I'd say it's more a matter of wanting it back where it was. (08/06/2009)

By Cricketnc

Kitten Has Stopped Using Litter Box

You don't mention how old the kitten is. We have a now 6 week old kitten we got when he was 2 weeks old. We had to teach him what the litter is and what is it for. Once we had him using the litter box, we put him in a bedroom (smaller area than the whole house) and put the litter box in 1 place and left it there. We have now started bringing him out w/supervision into the living room,, kitchen etc., but we make sure it's not right after he has eaten. We have 2 other adult cats in the house and he learned yesterday where their litter box is and used it! I think some patience and restriction on the area he's in will be a big help. If the problem continues, be sure he's seen by your vet. (08/06/2009)

By rsrandr

Kitten Has Stopped Using Litter Box

You didn't say what her age was. She may just forget where her litterbox is. You really shouldn't move it on her. We got a kitten that was very young, and he tried to get to his litterbox, but kept ending up in our utility room rather that the small room by the back door where we kept his box. The rooms were right next to each other, and by the time he realized he was in the wrong place, he couldn't hold it in anymore. When we saw him going to the wrong place, we'd pick him up and rush him to the litterbox. It only lasted a few weeks, and when he felt less stressed and knew our home better, he never had another accident. Be patient with her. (08/06/2009)

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