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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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My two new 10 week old kitten have been at my house for a week now. Both are being kept in a large cage while no one is at home or can monitor them as I also have an inside dog and older 16yoa cat.

Both are using the litter box, playing and having a good time! But I have caught one of them inappropriately urinating twice. Once was after she pooped in the box, then I removed her so I could get the sample for the vet (yes I probably disturbed her) and the second time she was just playing in another room. She didn't seem to offer to go back into the the room with her litter box. This isn't the same litter box the older cat is using either.

I'm so worried this will become a habit and it really worries me. Both times I've told her NO and sat her in her litter box. Any suggestions or words of wisdom to try and fix this problem? I can't stand the idea of having to get rid of the kitty. Thank you in advance!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 03:50 PM
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How far away was the litter box from the room she way playing in?
Make sure you are keeping the box very clean. Some cats like to pee and poo in different boxes.

Some people have good success with Dr Elsey's cat attract litter.
Make sure you clean the spot she used with an enymatic cleaner, or she'll just use that same spot again.

If she does a few more times, take her in to your vet to check for a urinary infection. If she has an infection, it hurts and she's trying to avoid the hurt by not using the box.

If you are new to cat ownership, I might suggest you do some reading. "Think like a Cat" by Pam Johnson-Bennett is a good one. (Can get through your library). Here is an article about litter boxes on her website:
Litter Box Problems Due to Location Aversion


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply. The litter box is in one bedroom while the kitten was down the hall and in the living room playing. I'm also thinking maybe it could of been her marking her territory since it is possible another animal urinated in that corner at one time. The carpet has recently been pulled up and it's just concret. She has been regularly using the litter box in her cage for a week. I am scooping their litter box daily, twice sometimes.

I'm going after work to get some enzyme cleaner. I am hoping it was just since she was young and too busy playing. Yep I've had cats for about 25 years now. Love them. Thanks for the link to the article too.
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