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Q: my kitten is pooping in front of her litter

December 11, 2012 | By Jasonlustman | 3 answers | Expired: 574 days ago

HELP ME!!!!! My four month kitten is pooping in front of her litter box. I put her litter box in a card board box with the top open. She just started doing this. She goes peepee in the box and poops in the tub. Oh yea, I put her litter box in the bath tub cause she is very messy with her litter. Is she trying to tell me something? I spank her and put her face in her poop when she does this. Am I wrong to do this? I need help or I will lose my cool with her. I'm not abusive but I do show signs of anger. I need someone who really knows what they are talking about. Please no guesses!!!!! This needs to stop!!!!! Thank you. Jason

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Kelly
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Dec 11, 2012

First of all, never, ever spank your kitten or shove her nose in her poop. That does nothing to help the situation and everything to make matters worse. Those actions just create stress and anxiety for the kitten which usually exacerbates the problem. She's not going to understand why you're shoving her nose in her poop; she's just going to know you're being mean to her and be scared of you. If you can't control your temper with the kitten, I suggest you find her a new safe home where she'll feel secure. Kittens are kittens...everything in the world is new to them. They aren't born trained. They'll be messy. They'll dig in the box and throw litter everywhere. Babies aren't neat and clean all the time whether they're of the 2-legged variety or 4-legged variety. They're blank slates learning as they go. You can either be patient and teach her that humans are kind and loving so she'll grow up to feel safe and secure or you can teach her to be insecure and anxious which is the way you're heading with you technique of punishment. Try praise for doing things right instead of anger and punishment for doing things wrong. When she defecates outside the box, scoop a piece of it up and place it in the box to help her learn where it goes. When they stop using the litter box, they're sending a message that something is not right. First you should have your vet check the heath of the kitten. She could have parasites or another problem. Get a second litter box. Most cats have a strong instinct to urinate in one place and defecate in another. If you observe outdoor cats, you'll see their natural behavior most times is to dig a hole, urinate, bury it, then move to another location, dig a hole, defecate, and bury it. The rule of thumb is to have one more litter box than you have cats. How often do you clean the litter box? Cats and kittens don't like to go in dirty boxes and what appears clean to us humans may smell like an overused port-a-potty to a cat. It should be scooped at least twice a day as well as completely emptied and sanitized once a month. It could also be the litter you're using. If they don't like the litter you choose for them, they won't use it. A hard-clumping litter is best for most as long as they're old enough to have stopped tasting everything including their litter, and at 4-months she should be past that. Also most cats don't like covered litter boxes so uncover it. it's trial and error and it's up to you to help her learn, not hurt her because she hasn't learned. In this situation the first things I would do is get her checked out by a vet, pick up her poop and put it in the box when she goes outside of the box, and get a second litter box and place it a little distance away from the first one. And of course, keep them both clean. Kittenhood is time of learning, wonder, and fun. Don't take that away from your kitten by losing your temper with her every time she doesn't please you.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dec 11, 2012

It doesn't sound like you have the emotional maturity to have a kitten. It would probably be better and safer for the kitten if contacted a rescue group, explain how you lose your temper with the kitten and hit her, and ask them to please take the kitten before you "lose your cool" again. People who threaten to lose their tempers with pets and who expect them to do everything their way all the time and hit them if they don't, don't need pets. Abuse comes in amny forms and I bet the kitten on the receiving end of your anger doesn't think it's nothing to worry about. Abuse is never the way to train and teach any animal. Kelly has some valid suggestions on the rest of it, but stillt hink the kitten would be better off with patient, loving people so please consider contacting rescues in your area for help.

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Sharon
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Dec 13, 2012

Great response Kelly and in this house Mom is right on top
of the litter box cleaning. Maybe a little overboard since I
sometimes don't give them the chance to do their normal
thing and cover up their debris.

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