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My Kitten Refuses to Use the Litter Box.

Ive had my 10wk kitten for a little over a week now and he just will not use his litter box. Whenever it seems as though he has to relieve himself ill gently put him his litter box and wait for him to use it. Sometimes he will go in there but usually He immediately jumps out and runs to the other places where he has gone before. We have scrubbed those corners to rid of the scent of urine and poop but he goes there anyway. We have tried foil in those places but he just plays with it and we have tried bigger litter boxes. We have also tried leavin him in the bthrm with his litter box but he will go behind the toilet or in the corners. He has just recently started urinating on our dirty clothes that are in a basket...whenever he poops on the floor we have tried putting it in his litter box to get the scent in there and fimiliarize the litter box with the bthrm. That also has not worked. I dont know what else to try and I dont want to give him away but we cant have this sort of behavior on our apartment. Any suggestions?

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Thank all of you for awesome suggestions! I really appreciate all your time and help. I got a bigger litter box, I had natures miracle from the start. Love the stuff! And finally changed litter. He got a little bit more interested in the litter box after that but still refused. Some one suggested at a pet store to try cat nip. I was skeptical because the idea of the kitten possibly ingesting the litter or playing in his waste worried me a bit. Finally I decided to try it but made sure he was supervised. I sprinkled a small amount in his litter and sure enough he jumped right in dug around and used it! He hasnt stopped using the box sense and its been a huge weight off my back. Im pregnant and did not like risking mine or babies health with cat urine and feces contaminating my apartment. Especially when doctors make such a big deal of it! Im a sucker for all animals though. Once again, thank all of you for your help! Im sure changing from scented to unscented made a huge difference and helped make this easier!

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Try putting the litter box on the spot he uses the bathroom... Then try moving the box when he gets used to it. I also recommend changing the litter.

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Try putting the litter box on the spot he uses the bathroom... Then try moving the box when he gets used to it. I also recommend changing the litter.

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It may be they type of litter you are using, I think I remember that you are not supposed to use a clay based litter when they are under a certain age...also put the litter box directly where he has been going until he gets the hang of the box...also if you are using normal cleansers it will not remove it, just because you cannot smell it does not mean your cat can't...you will have to buy a special cleaner from most likely a chain store like Petsmart that breaks down the enzymes. This is not a behavior issue...cats do not urinate and void their bowels out of disrespect or anger....he could have a UTI.

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change the litter that you are using. Go to something without all the scents.It should be cheaper too. Something about the litter is what is keeping him out of the box. He should go to it naturally,you should not have to place him in it.

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get some feliway, and put his food dish ( you may need multiple ones) in the places he goes to the bathroom. You can also keep him in a kennel and see if that encourages him to have a bathroom spot.

Have you tried other litters? maybe he doesn't like that kind or isn't used to it? can you find out what he used before you got him? maybe the pellet kind, or just sand?

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Everyone's suggestions are good. I'll just ask whether you had your kitten declawed? Declawing a cat can turn them off of litterboxes because they don't like the way the grains feel on their paws. If this is the case, trying lining the litterbox with newspapers instead of litter. This may help. If it's not the case, I hope you are able to figure things out! You might try the Cat Behavior Hotline, which is a free hotline to help cat owners answer behavioral questions in an effort to keep more cats in their homes. This is this website: http://www.catsinternational.org/ Good luck!

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Lots of good responses. Did he use the litter box before you got him? Check and see what kind of litter he had there and try that. Also make sure the places you are cleaning you are using an enzyme cleaner, such as Nature's miracle, to remove all traces. Some cleaners will seem clean to humans, but not to the cats. There is also a product called cat attract that works for many cats to attract them to their litter box. If he keeps having trouble, you may also want to have him checked out if he hasn't already been just to be on the safe side.

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Try a new litter. With a kitten you need to use the non-clumping liiter until they are 1 year old. Try the unsented litter. Have your kitty checked for an infection by the vet. try spraying the area that he pee in before with no more marking spray. you can get it at the pet store.

I was going to respond, but everyone's given great suggestions. Changing the litter is the way I'd go.

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