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    Help! Litter box training a kitten

    We have two cats, Cassie is almost 7 years and Callie is just over 7 months. Cassie is big fellow but very laid back and calm. Callie is still very playful and torments poor Cassie by wanting to play.

    We decided to get a another kitten so Callie would have a playmate. We got an adorable 6 week old black and white male kitten Saturday. He is a doll and purrs so loudly!! We named him Shadow.

    But he is not litter box trained. He is determined to go potty when ever it hits him. We try to keep a close eye on him and put him in the litter box each time he eats or drinks. Sometimes he will go and sometimes we have to play momma kitty and wipe his bottom with a baby wipe to make him go.

    We've only had him a couple days and are already attached to him. I didn't ask the person we got him from if he was litter trained or not. Since they have several cats, we just assumed so.

    Any tips or ideas on how to get him to go in the litter box? We got Callie at 6 weeks old and she took to the litter box right off. Taking him back is not an option. Our home is his permanent, indoor home. And he is going to the vet in the AM for his first check up.
    Sherri

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    My kittens were contained in the bathroom at night with a bed and a litter box. When we opened the door the first morning they had used the litter box and have ever since. They were so tiny I used a tray with a rim that was only 1 inch high - they were too small to get in a regular box. Good luck.

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    Hm. Usually a nursing mama will drag her babies into the litter box with her and train them herself. This would be my route. Have a large litter box and when you see your other cats going stick the baby in there with them.

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    Hmmm, you might get some potting soil and put a bit in the litter too. perhaps the smell of dirt will help kitty get the idea. good luck.

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    I always just put them in the litterbox and scratched with their paw and they took it from there.

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    We rescued two outside adult cats that our neighbors abandoned when they moved and I put them in the laundry room with the cat box for a day and it worked. Nothing else required. Hope it works.

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    Sometime this is a problem with multiple cats. You might try more than one cat box.

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    I would also suggest another litter box.
    I have taken in two feral cats and using a box was not a problem. I have never had a problem with cats not using a litter box. Talk to your Vet. about it, might have some tricks you can try.
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    If all else fails, you could put him in a wire cage containing a large litter tray with barely enough room for him to lay down without being in the litter. Keeping him there all the time will force him to use it. Gradually reduce the size of the litter tray and he will continue using it.

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    We took the kitten to the vet today. He has a very low grade temp and they gave it some antibiotics. His eyes are matted and they ointment for that also. The kitten does use the litter box if we put him in it. I am going to get a small pan for the kitten and see if that helps. He is so cute and we will keep working with him.
    Sherri

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