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Question Litter box training An 85 Day Old Kitten

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I'm having issues toilet training my recently acquired kitten. How do I ensure he poops in his kitty litter tray. The kitty litter tray is located 2.5 metres from his food in the same room. Is this too close?

I'm using Heaven sent organic wood pellet litter. Is this ok?

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He is so tiny, I would put several boxes around the house with different types of litter in them. 85 days is about 12 weeks, still pretty young. If more boxes don't help, consider a vet visit to rule out a med issue.

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I would find out what type of litter he was using at his previous location. Kittens with no health issues should be trained by this age. Have you tried Cat Attract litter? I'm not sure if it helps with kittens this young, hopefully other members would know that.

You mentioned in another thread that his appetite was off, so maybe he is ill.

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I would find out what type of litter he was using at his previous location.
The same.
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I'm with Marcia - try different locations and different litters. We had nightmares with one of ours until we discovered that while she will have a poo on litter she doesn't like weeing on it and will only use something soft for weeing - puppy pads have worked a treat.

Also the familiarity issue is worth pursuing.
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As marie mentioned, Dr Elseys brand does make a Kitten Attract litter. I found it best to sprinkle a little bit on top of whatever litter I wanted my kitten to use (it tended to be sticky on the paws if I used too much). Of my 4 kittens all were trained before 12 weeks, except Simba who would pee right beside the boxes. We put tarps under/around each box (still works well for litter tracking). What he did like was a small box with puppy pee pad in it; we called it his urinal. He used it until he was about 20 weeks. Komet, our newest kitten, was completely trained by 10 weeks and is a male as well.

Your little guy may not like the litter. Most of ours came from catteries using pine pellets, yet they hated those. We switched to walnut litter non clumping to begin and they all love that. You may have to experiment to find what your kitty likes.

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I've set up another tray with Sanipet clumping litter.
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I've set up another tray with Sanipet clumping litter.
Which he seems to be using, maybe he prefers a finer sand-like litter?
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Most kitties do, this is why a lot of us use it instead of pellets. I was also using wood pellets for my then young kittens but then about a month or two in, one kept going out of the box for urine only. After I tried clay, he never went outside the litter box.

Hope your kitty also continues to use his litter tray consistently now.
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Wood pellet litter is funny stuff, where cats are concerned.
It is truly a 50/50 shot when using it with a). a new cat. b). a kitten.

When my kittens were wee, I used the wood pellet.
It wasn't easy for them. (new things, tiny feet, big logs of things to try to balance on while in the litter box)
I found something that was very close to the pine pellet, but was like soft, velvety, tiny chips.
Given the choice, they flew to the new stuff. We've never looked back.


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