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How should I resolve issues with my kitten stepping in her poop in the litter box?

We recently adopted a 4 month old kitten that was a stray. I have reason to suspect that she was taken from her mother early, and the adoption facility we got her from took her from Animal Control around 4 weeks of age. We've had her for two weeks, and she's otherwise great, except for some litter box problems. She tends to create a giant litter mountain in the back of the box, poops on top of it, and then tries to bury the poop, while stepping in it. It's getting to the point where we are cleaning her paws multiple times a week, and sometimes once every day. We use clumping litter, it's a big and deep box, and it's kept very clean. We scoop once a day, and change/clean it every week. What can I do to improve her litter box habits, and fix this poop-tracking issue?


Asked by Member 1150223 on Jan 15th 2013 Tagged litterbox, dirtypaws, steppinginpoop in Behavior & Training
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Monster

That's just her method of using the box, you can't change it. However, you should add a second box (box rule of thumb: one box per cat plus and extra) and perhaps put less litter in it. Then the mountain won't be so high!


Monster answered on 1/16/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Izadore (Izzie)

As usual, Monster is right. Delilah does the same thing. If she's a tiny kitty, the box may be too big and deep. When we litter trained babies, we used the top of one of those big storage boxes that was just a few inches deep. It actually was more like a tray. They could get in and out easily, didn't 'get lost' in it and didn't make a mess. Watch the baby's diet and make sure her stool isn't soft or runny as can happen and that can make the mess issue worse. If the kittens were long-haired, we trimmed them "back there" to cut down on the "kling-on" issues.


Izadore (Izzie) answered on 1/17/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer