My kitten (OT) - Update

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My kitten (OT) - Update

Update:
As if you are SO concerned about Seri's litterbox habits, LOL! She peed outside the box yesterday (she went to work with me and was in a cage with her litterbox and food and water.) I bought the new litter and she still peed. I was bummed. Then I read that you aren't supposed to keep their food and water near the litterbox. Okay, that's an easy fix. So last night she was in her crate with just a little litterbox and when I got done with the kids, I went in to play with her and let her stretch a bit. She played a bit and then seemed to be sniffing around so I put her back in her crate. She went both #1 and #2 in the litterbox! I was ecstatic! LOL. Who knew it would be so exciting for me, geez, is this what I have become? Anyway, I cleaned it up, but left some little clumps of urine so her scent would still be in there. I let her play as a reward, and then she went back in the crate for the night. This morning she had peed in the litterbox again, WOO HOO! I hope hope hope that we are turning a corner. I am bleaching the big litterbox today so that it will be nice and clean for her. I bought a new one that will arrive tomorrow, but that will take some transitioning anyway so I'll save that for when she is solid. Since I don't trust her, she has to hang out in the crate until I am around her, which I feel bad about but I just don't want any accidents. I am so happy though; at least she has gone a few times!

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Well, when we took Stanley in to be fixed and everything else, we found out that he is actually a she! So instead of Stanley, we have Serafina Fuzzums of Sugarmoo aka Seri. I love her to pieces. She is NOT, however, litterbox trained as I was told. Either that, or she hates the special litter we have to use due to her declaw. I get to switch to normal litter either tomorrow or Tuesday, so we'll find out for sure then. Any ideas about how to get her to use her box? I've never had an issue with a cat before, but I always got kittens at a younger age and they had no issue with it. She is just over 12 weeks (which I realize isn't old, at all!)

Anyway, I thought I'd share some pics of my Seri-bear:

From last night, her first night home

Her coat is a trip, she has white undertones

From today

Such a sweetie

And just for fun, this is my fluffball dog, Sophie (Sophie Wigglebutt Dynamite; totally related to Napoleon cuz she can be quite the dork!)

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Awwww!!! TFS!

I have only had one indoor cat and didn't have any litter box problems so I'm no help. Love the pics!!!

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she is so cute!!! i love her!

all my cats we got already trained, and the one kitten we had my parents trained him. i think you either put her in there right when she goes somewhere, or if it looks like she is about to by sniffingg or whatever you stick her in. they might be better ways though

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Awwwwwwwwwww, she's soooooooo cute!!!!! Makes me miss my kitty. Sad

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She's adorable!

Our cat came trained and the cats I had before him were indoor/outdoor cats. Sorry I'm not any help with that!

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She is cute!! When I saw your pics on FB, I was thinking wth are those things on her paws! LOL

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She's cute! Lock her in a bathroom or laundry room with her box. Once she starts using it, slowly start letting her have more access to the house. If you find she keeps going to the same spot to soil, put a bowl of food there. The theory is that they will not go to the bathroom where they eat. Good luck! Cats can be very picky about their litter.

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I think the litter is the problem. The second I set her in the box, she bolts out of it. I am switching to normal litter tomorrow, so let's PRAY that is all the problem is!

Haha, Lauren. Yea I sometimes don't advertise that it's from her being declawed because people get so righteous about it. It's like circumcising or breastfeeding; people love to impose their opinion even though it has nothing to do with them! But this group of women seem so level-headed, so I hoped no one would go off on me about it. They were her boxing gloves Smile

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Cute kitty!
My advice is to keep her in the bathroom/small room for awhile w/ her litter box...that way she knows where it is...and can get to it. If you notice more problems...you may want to have more than one box...:0)
It is probably the litter...but just in case:0)

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What a cutie! All the cats I've ever had (and I've had A LOT) just used the box. We didn't have to train them, they just did it. Even the cats I got as older cats who were previously outdoor cats. I agree with the PPs, just keep her confined to an area with the box and slowly let her out into larger areas. Try to keep the box clean but you can stick one her little poos in the box to help her get the idea. Its like once something is fouled, they like to keep fouling it but they don't like to go into something toooo foul ;). Where is she going if she's not going in her box? Is she digging into laundry or bedding? If so, at least her instinct to bury it is intact and she'll likely take to the litter box as soon as she gets used to it.

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Cute kitty!
Like others said we confined our 1 kitty that wasn't trained to the laundry room. Also we put some her urine/poo into the litter so she would get the idea. All my cats have been so odd about their litter and would refuse to use new stuff when we tried to switch. Hopefully its just the off litter that is cause her not to use the box.

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aww so cute.

to litter train my cats I used to put them on the litter box if I caught them doing it on the floor but they pretty much do it as instinct in the box Smile

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Such cute animals!!

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I bet its the litter. We got our cat declawed after having him for a couple years and he was litterbox trained but he had several accidents when we switched to the special litter. We had to lock him in the laundry room with the litterbox. He was fine once we switched back. The only training I've ever done with a kitten is to watch for when they look like they need to go and put them in the box and make them scratch the litter with their paw. That usually is all they need.
Your kitten is super cute btw!

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So, I'm curious now, what's the difference in kitty litter for declawed or not declawed kitties?

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"momW" wrote:

So, I'm curious now, what's the difference in kitty litter for declawed or not declawed kitties?

It's for while the declaw is healing. Usually it has bigger pieces (or may be paper based) so they don't get stuck in the open wounds and so it's easier for sore paws to dig in. Once they heal they can go back to their regular litter.

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"BuckeyeK" wrote:

It's for while the declaw is healing. Usually it has bigger pieces (or may be paper based) so they don't get stuck in the open wounds and so it's easier for sore paws to dig in. Once they heal they can go back to their regular litter.

Aha, that makes perfect sense. Thanks!

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I took her with me to work, had her in a cage, with her litterbox and some water and she ended up peeing outside of it. I even bought regular litter! I'm really bummed now.

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Maybe its the texture or something of the litter? Can you try those corn kernal things? Maybe you can contact the old owner and ask them what they used...

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What a beautiful cat! I love her. Wish I could have cats, but my DH is allergic. She really is gorgeous, though!

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Thank you for all the compliments and suggestions Smile I can't believe how quickly I've grown attached to this lil furball. She is awesome!

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WTG kitty!