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Love*all*kitties
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posted 05-20-2003 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Love*all*kitties     Edit/Delete Message
Help! I've got 4 kittens in my house, and it is not going well!

I put newspaper around the litter box, and I keep it clean, but everyday I find at least 2 puddles on the newspaper. They seem to like going on paper better than litter.

One kitten has never gone out of the litter box, but only because the few times he tried, I corrected him immediately. But the other 3 tend to do it when I'm out of the room. The one I'm having the most trouble with will do it just in the one minute I'm gone throwing something away. They all trust me, I guess I just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I was thinking of taking away the newspaper since they enjoy going on that so much, but I'm worried that then they'll go on the carpet. Help!

Also, their poop is a sort of reddish color. They are on nutritious kitten food and water, but it still won't stop!

I need help with this confusing situation ASAP.

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Isis
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posted 05-20-2003 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
I have the same problem with my kitten, he just can't get the hang of aiming into the tray!
He scratches at the litter but then somehow manages to miss... I rectified the situation by putting a piece of lino under and around the tray, easy wipe and none porous (so no stinky smell).
In the end I don't think he can help it and at least he is in the right area

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Greypaw
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posted 05-21-2003 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message
Hi

Love*all*kitties, do you only have one litter tray for all 4 kittens? Try getting at least 2 more trays. Yes thats a lot of litter and takes up space, but cats are very fussy and clean animals. They will often refuse to use a tray that has been soiled by another cat, so one cat one tray is a good rule. Also, I wouldn't be surprized if at least one of the kittens are peeing in a secret place somewhere else in the house in desperation to find its 'own' area. So get some more trays. as they grow you will need more trays anyway.

As far as the redish poo goes, if all of them have it then its probally their diet. Keep it in mind next time you speak to your vet.

Isis, how big is the litter tray? Try a bigger one with tall sides. I image your kitten is older that 3 months and should have no problem jumping over the sides.

hope this helps
Greypaw

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Indy
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posted 05-21-2003 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Indy     Edit/Delete Message
Have you tried a bigger tray? I have 6 cats and two medium sized doggy litter pans that works well. They need to be cleaned 2x a day, that's not bad though. As long as everything's clean they all go in the box and they have enough room to not have misses

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Isis
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posted 05-21-2003 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
I dont think the size is the problem(ooo eeer!)
Either one of my other cats, mainly the dominant one, scares him when he is in the tray or he just turns around mid flow to look at something and it goes over the side. I guess he is just a bit dozy but lovely and since it goes on the wip clean surface I can't say I am really bothered enough to get angry at him.

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Love*all*kitties
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posted 05-22-2003 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Love*all*kitties     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Greypaw, their food is red colored, but would that really change their poop color?!?!??? Maybe another litter box would help, but I currently just keep them in a small room, because they get lost in the house so easily. (Under and in dressers, behind beds, etc.)

And about that one part.......well, I sure hope no ones going somewhere else to do it! They seem fine using the same litterbox though, because they are litter mates who have shared everything with each other.
Thanks for your advice though! It did help!

Hi Isis, good luck with your kitty! Mine don't seem to just miss aim, but they won't GO. Thanks a lot anyway!

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Greypaw
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posted 05-22-2003 11:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message
Hi

It sounds like there is red colouring in the food. Some cats really like the colour red with food, so it will be to make it more appealling. I imagine its no problem but you could always change their food if it worrys you.

Maybe just use a bigger tray for now then with more litter, or experiment with different litter. Some cats like different textures and softness in litters. Maybe you have one or two kittens that are fussy.

Good luck
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Love*all*kitties
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posted 05-28-2003 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Love*all*kitties     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Greypaw

You're right about that! The 2 girls are really fussy, and I can't get them to use the litter box. We have new carpet in the house, and my parents want to get rid of the girls if they don't learn quickly! I'm trying to convince them not to, but- well, they can be stubborn.
I'm going to try a bigger litter box, but I don't know if it'll work.
Thanks fokr your advice!!!

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