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b|itzchic
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posted 02-09-2004 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for b|itzchic     Edit/Delete Message
My kitten is now about 5 months old and is getting better at using his litter box but still wont use it completly, he would prefer to poo on my flatmates beanbags, my sheets, anything that may be lying on the ground, i haev tried heaps to try stop him doing this, last night he pooed in my flatmates dirty washing that was lying on the floor in the bathroom. And my flatmate bardged into my room in the middle of the night screaming at me and he told me that i had to get up and clean it up (fair enough its my kitten) but then he turned around and said that i have to get rid of him, im the lease holder but i cant risk losing a flatmate at this time. I dont know what to do, i dont want to seperate him from his sister, can someone please give me advice!

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Chessmind
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posted 02-09-2004 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. How long has he been doing this? If it were my cat I would take him to the vets to rule out any medical problems. Then if it's not a medical condition I would try and figure out the cause of this behavior.

What kind of litter do you use? Where is the litter box? Is the litter box kept very clean? Cats do not like dirty litter boxes. Is there a lot of stress in your house that may affect your kitty? Are you gone often? Is your roomate mean to your cat?

For now if you can't take him to the vet for whatever reason you can try getting another litter box (2 total) and placing it in a quiet place away from any noise or stress or people that can stress your cat out. Also get one more kind of litter and keep both boxes very clean. Also, try and tidy up your place a bit. Cats don't like their homes messy and may poop on areas with 'piles'. Also there is a product called Feliway that may help calm him down a bit (if it's stress related).

Good luck and keep us posted.

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b|itzchic
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posted 02-10-2004 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for b|itzchic     Edit/Delete Message
Hi, thanks for that, its been happening for about a month now, i left him at home with my flatmate for a night and he used to be really good like his sister, never goes out of the litter box but when i came back he jsut started messing on my bed all of the time and then after a week just started pooing everywhere, the vet said it wasnt a UTI it was a behavourable problem, i changed there kitty litter to a different brand, but maybe its too dirty for them, ill get another kitty box and see how that goes, But i think my flatmate wants him gone this weekend and i got snapped cleaning up the poo on his bean bag again this morning, i have put pepper on it to see if that stops him from going there, i have this spray the pet shop gave me but that isnt working.

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Chessmind
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posted 02-10-2004 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. Yes, try getting another litter box and new litter. It might not be a bad idea to just keep him in your room, that way, if he does decide to go outside of the litter box, it won't affect your already annoyed flatmate.

I hope you will try out as many things as possible before you decide to get rid of him. Ideally, it would be best to sit down with your flatmate and let them know you understand that they are annoyed, but you would like to keep the kitty at all cost. Perhaps if your flatmate knows your kitty will stay in the bedroom until the behavior has stopped, it may settle their anger/annoyance (knowing that he can't freely poop in the rest of the house, including their bedroom). Keep us posted.

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b|itzchic
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posted 02-10-2004 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for b|itzchic     Edit/Delete Message
Cool, thanks for that i think that i will, ill get another litter box tonight, and now that i have a matteress proctector is shouldnt matter if he goes in my bedroom, ill keep you posted. Thanks

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