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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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My required Intro. - young kitten behavior question

Hello all. I'm not big on introductions so I'll just say my name is S, and will leave it at that. I just got a kitten that I love but I am having one problem with it, and it's a big one.

She is about 7 weeks old and has stayed with her mother up until now. She was already litter trained and has been eating cat food for a while. The problem is she won't clean herself up after using the litter. She has clumps of cat poop on her back paws and tail and she just leaves it there. I've cleaned it best I can with a washcloth hoping she could take care of the rest, but she won't.

I feel bad because I have her locked in the bathroom right now because I don't want her getting poop all over my furniture. Is she just too young to clean herself? Her brothers and sisters don't seem to be having any problems at this point.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-25-2014, 10:39 PM
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What kind of litter do you use?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-26-2014, 03:22 AM
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At 7 weeks she's still a very little baby and hasn't completely figured out the finer points of ye olde spit bath yet. When I've had very young fosters in I often had to give them a 'bottom end' bath to get them clean again. I would fill a basin with nice warm water and maybe use a little pet shampoo, dunk in their bottom end, and gently wash off the poo. Make sure you wrap her up in a warm towel afterwards to dry off so she doesn't get cold.
Another option are animal wipes that folk on here often use (not available here in NZ) or baby wipes, but I find the mini bath works better for me. It's important to keep her clean because that's how she learns that being clean is the desirable & normal way to be. You may need to be 'mama cat' for her for a little while until she starts to get it right consistently. Some kittens do just take longer to figure this all out.
It's also not uncommon for them to walk in their poo by mistake and my Mr Tyrion used to 'forget' to hold his tail up out of the way when he was learning all about toileting - DOH!

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The baby wipes or pet wipes are a great idea. Your kitty is still a little baby. She will learn.
Please post pictures of your new baby when you get a chance.
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Baby wipes and pet wipes are your friend. Also, if she is a long-haired cat - trimming the bum is helpful!

My Ellie was separated from her mom at 8 weeks... and she hadn't really mastered cleaning herself yet, pet wipes saved me for quick cleanings. She's figured it out now but I do have to help her sometimes because the poo/litter can get stuck in her long fur if I don't trim it.
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