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How to potty train kittens?

Recently I adopted 2 6 week barn kittens. The lady said they were litter trained and used some type of cedar litter. We believe they are both male but they are too young to get fixed so we were waiting until they were of age for the vet visit. The gray one seems to keep going to the bathroom everywhere but the litter box. We are only assuming it is him because we caught him twice. He poops in the corner of the living room on the rug. We also keep finding cat pee on the bed and on our futon. We do not let them in the bedroom anymore. They continue to pee on the futon. The litter box is clean and we put fresh step in it. We live in a medium sized apartment and the box is in the closet which we keep open. We have seen both of them use the littler box on occassion. I cleaned the futon and bed with baking soda, woolite pet cleaner, resolve, and water. The baking soda seemed to work but they pee on different spots on the futon. Please help with suggestions on cleaning pee and potty training.


Asked by Member 891626 on Sep 22nd 2009 in Urine Marking & House Soiling
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Sassy (2001-2012)

Try putting them in the bathroom (with the litter box and food) while you are not there to monitor them. They'll need shots at 8, 12 and 16 weeks so you should take them to the vet for a check up soon. Many vets do a "kitten package" that includes all their shots, spay/neuter, a microchip, worming and a couple of exams by the vet and you gegt a decent discount for buying the package. Vets vary in how young they'll spay/neuter kittens but even if they want to wait til they are 5-6 months old you can get the rest done and some advice on the peeing problem.

Natures miracle is a good enzymatic cleaner that will help to completely remove the smell so the kittens can't smell it and won't be lured back to the bed/futon.

Since they are barn kittens and may be used to going in the dirt outside you can try putting a layer of soil on top of the litter. This often works with cats/kittens used to living outside as they are sometimes confused by the litter.


Sassy (2001-2012) answered on 9/22/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer