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Old September 1st, 2004, 08:23 PM
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Cat pee - cat marking - wHy doesn't he get it? ...

... i have a 5 month old male kitten.. and i adopted him about 3 months ago.. well he was going to his litter box fine.. and we never had any problems with him going... but all of a sudden he will pee in the kitchen.. sometimes even poop .. like he doesn't kno where his box is! i have another kitten .. female.. 7 months.. and she's never given me any problems like him.. is there anything i can do to get him understand? .... i've tried telling him no in all kinds of ways.. and trying to make it understand it's wrong to pee or poop outside his box! what do i do?
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Old September 1st, 2004, 09:08 PM
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i've tried telling him no in all kinds of ways
What do you mean by this? If you have used any punitive or harsh methods, you are making the problem worse.

With cats, this is NOT a housetraining problem. When cats go outside the box, there is always a reason and we have to find out what it is.

You say he's doing this "all of a sudden". This often indicates a physical problem. The first thing to do is have him checked for a urinary tract problem - very common in male cats.

Are both cats spayed and neutered?

How many litterboxes do you have?

If he checks out fine at the vet, I'll have suggestions for you.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 09:15 PM
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...no i would never use harsh methods.. i'll try to take him to where he peed and tell him strongly .. no.. or somethings.. when i see him doing it.. i look at him.. he looks at me.. and i just tell him.. "tigger.. no.. that's not the place.." ...

my girl cat is spayed.. she was spayed about 1 month ago.. a lil more.. i have to take him to the vet to get neutered in a couple of weeks.. that's when the vet told me he will be ready... i will defenitly ask the vet about this problem.. and find out if he does have a urinary tract problem...

... it's just strange..cuz he started doing this.. and then stopped.. and then now he's doing it again...
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Old September 1st, 2004, 09:30 PM
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You think he's too young to be marking, Lucky? That's the first thing I thought of when he said off again on again.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 10:13 PM
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He is too young to mark.

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i'll try to take him to where he peed and tell him strongly .. no.. or somethings..
Don't do this. You will stress him and make it worse. Just clean it up and use something like Nature's Miracle to erase the odour.

You must never be anything less than gentle over litterbox problems. And if you only have one litterbox, definitely add another one!
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Old September 1st, 2004, 10:23 PM
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As I mentioned in another thread, I had this problem very recently,and man did I get all sorts of advice,the dumbest one being to rub their noses in it!

For sure the first thing to do is get a vets advice, and if you want to avoid the costly visit, you can take in just the urine sample and have it analyzed (that's what I did first). You need to put something (maybe a boot mat) at the spot where he is urinating/deficating that will contain some of the puddle so that you can dump it into a clean container (ew...trust me I know), take a fecal sample as well if possible.
If there is no problem with the urine/feces and kitty is healthy, then it is a behavioural problem which can be solved by adding another litter box, the vet suggests placing it where he is having his "accidents" , then once he is back on track with the litter box, move it to a more private location. Just be sure to take him to the new location and gently rub his paws in it, as he would when burying his "deposits". Hope this is helpful.

P.S. My cats have never responded well to the word "no"!!!
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