Kitten Not Using The Litter Box

We have 2 kittens of uncertain age. They are at least 4 or 5 months old. They have used the litterbox since we brought them home, with one little problem. One, or both, leave their little messes on the floor around the litterbox. We keep the litterbox clean, and we put them in the litterbox when we see one of them trying to poo on the floor. They only do it around the litterbox. Nothing seems to help. I get so tired of cleaning up the messes! Any ideas?

Camilla from Atchison, KS


Kitten Not Using The Litter Box

We had a kitten once that would not use the litter box unless it was clean. After the kitten used it once, she would not go back into the litter box. She would smell around the box and then go to my flower pots to poop. So I got the cat litter that was scoopable and removed soon after she used it. No problems after that. (12/04/2006)

By dixie35481

Kitten Not Using The Litter Box

It could be several things.
A health problem, which you vet can help you with.
The cat does not like the litter, try another brand. Scoopable litters stay freshest. Arm & Hammer litter freshener helps make a big difference in controlling odor.
If you have more than one cat give the kitten it's own litter box. Many cats will not share no matter what.
The cat may be very fussy and you may need to scoop every time it poops.


Be patient, it may just not understand it has to go in the litter box and only the litter box yet. Every time you do see it pooped on the floor get the kitten and in a loving way show it the mess it made on the floor and then gently set the kitten in the litter box and then take it's little paws and make scratching motions in the litter with them. It will help teach them that's the spot to go. (12/04/2006)

By michellejones3

Kitten Not Using The Litter Box

For some reason, some cats/kittens like to do the solid in one place and the liquid in another. So, to solve my problem, I placed a SHALLOW litter box on top of thick layers of absorbent junk mail newsprint paper.

The litter box is exclusively used by my cat for urine, thank God, and she drops only small amounts of quick-drying, quick hardening feces on the paper in only a small spot. I lift the unscratched paper, folding the feces into the paper and then into a gallon recycled plastic bag.


I believe this is successful only because of her diet, half cereal and half meat of whatever kind, cereal in the AM, meat at night. Remember that cats don't like their food/water anywhere near their litter box.

Don't know why, but it's simple and the area stays fresh. I also placed the box/paper area
near where she sleeps, so it is very convenient, and on linoleum, should I ever need to clean it.

MANY layers of newsprint is the secret for us, in both the litter box AND under it surrounding it for about 1 1/2 feet all the way around. It was the only solution we could find. Good luck, and God bless you. : )


By Lynda

Kitten Not Using The Litter Box

It would be a good idea to check with a Vet. Sometimes if a kitten has worms, they will go out of the litter box. (01/01/2007)


Kitten Not Using The Litter Box

Sometimes you have to try a few different kinds of litter until you find one the cat likes.

Also, when the cat goes outside the litter box, pick up the mess and put it in the litter box to show the cat where it's supposed to go. (08/22/2007)

By CandyCane

Kitten Not Using The Litter Box

My Kitten all of a sudden decided that she isn't always going to use the cat litter box all the time. I sort of had the litter box in the back of my room( it was originally in the front.) So then when I moved it to the back she stopped using it.So the other day I decided to move it back up front. So just to let peoples know, you should keep the cat litter box in sight.And also you should have 1 cat litter box in the front of your house and one towards the back.But if you have multiple cats you should have multiple cat litter boxes.(i)(/i) (08/23/2007)

By Rachel

Kitten Not Using The Litter Box

My cat/kitten is about 6 months old. He used to use the litter tray no problem, but for bout 4 weeks now, he has been pooping next to it. He pees in there no problem so I'm very confused. We keep him in the kitchen at night, as I don't want to take the risk of him pooping anywhere else! He's a house cat, but does like to pop out and come back in in about ten minutes!

I have tried changing the litter, but that doesn't seem to make any difference. He's a lovely cat, but I'm getting so tired of cleaning it off my floor. I have two little boys and this is causing so much grief. My partner wants to find him a new home, if we can't sort this out :( which I don't want to do)! Can anyone give me advice? (11/21/2007)

By stephanie


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