Litter box training

United States
December 10, 2009 11:13am CST
I am having a heck of a time litter box training my kittens. We have tried everything! I scoop poop 2 times a day from our other cats, scrub out the boxed once a week with baking soda, took the lids off of the boxes and nothing has worked. He's almost 22 weeks old and we can't get him to use the box. I'm afraid this is going to be a habit for the rest of his life. Please give me any advice you can.
2 responses
• United States
11 Dec 09
I do hope you get this soon. I know just how hard it can be. I just put the bottoms of my kittens in the box. they have gone to the box right after this. My sister had to get rid of her cat. he would not use the box no matter what she did. Good luck to you on this matter.
• United States
5 Jan 10
I really don't want to get rid of him he's so precious. Still no luck though. This is getting really ridiculous.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Dec 09
Training a cat can be tricky, but the key is to be consistant. When the cat makes a mess where it should not be making the mess, Pick up the cat in question and rub their nose in it while scolding them. After you've scolded them, take them to the cleanest litter box and place them in it. Eventually they will come to realize the litter box is the proper place you want them to go. When putting them in said box, explain to them in a softer tone, that is where you want them to go. If you catch the cat actually using the box, then praise the animal for using the box. I've had to do this or something simular with our cat Little bit when the litter box was moved or not clean enough. Another thing you can and should do, is if you have to relocate the box for what ever reason, put them in the box and gently explain to them that's where they go. This is also advised to be done after almost imideattly after you change the litter. To help, at least once a week or every two weeks depending on the amount of cats in your home, clean and change the litter box. and I mean literlly clean it with liquid lysal or mild soap and water. It'll make the box more appealing if your cats are picky about a clean box, and it cuts back on backterias that could get your animals sick or smells that may make them want to avoid it. The more cats you have, the more often the litter box should be completely changed and cleaned out.
• United States
11 Dec 09
I've done all of that and it just doesn't seem to be working. I scoop poop every night, I scrub the boxes out with baking soda once a week. I think that not being home enough to catch them in the act of not using the box is part of the problem. I also have noticed that they seem to like peeing in front of my bedroom door because I won't let them in.