How to stop my 4-month old kitten from pooping & peeing behind the couch every morning?

I just brought home a 4-month old kitten from the shelter. Every morning, she waits until someone comes downstairs, and then races around very excitedly and poops and pees behind the couch. She has pooped and peed in her litterbox before, so I know she knows where it is! I just don't get why she only poops and pees outside her litterbox every morning???

She is also extremely needy - she meows constantly if she is left alone in a room or if no one is paying any attention to her! Will she grow out of this??

Asked by Member 723437 on Sep 1st 2008 in Urine Marking & House Soiling
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A couple of pointers:

Once a pet soils a surface, the only way to make the pet not go away is to break down the enzymes of the accident by using an enzymatic cleaner, such as Nature's Miracle. Regular cleaners and detergents won't do it, or might make the scent left behind more inviting. Cats can detect scents we can't, and if they can smell they went somewhere, that smell tells them it's okay to go there again. So make sure you clean properly.

Another pointer: she might be trying to tell you she's lonely. Is there any way you can set up a litter box and sleeping area where she's relatively closer to her people at night? Kittens that age are like very small children, they crave attention, whether human or feline. Also, do play with her before you go to sleep. That always helps in the attention department.

If you can't provide a lot of attention to her, then it might be worthwhile (funds permitting of course) to see if you can get a second kitten as a companion for her.

Boris answered on 9/1/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


why doesn't the cat in you bedroom at nught. secondly having another litter box can help.
why did you get the kitty if you're not paying attention to her. she was in a cage at a shelter, she needs love and more love right now. most people complain their cat ignores them. you should consider yourself lucky.
and get a little friend for her.

harley answered on 9/1/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Your kitty is still a baby at 12 weeks and needs to know her humans love her and want to be with her. Will she grow out of being needy? Probably. But if you don't spend lots and lots of time with her now, the way she'll grow out of it is to become aloof and anti-social. If you know she's going to eliminate behind the sofa, then before you do anything else in the AM, put her in her box and praise her when she does her business there instead of behind the furniture. At this age, she should be able to follow you from room to room. If you say she meows when left alone in a room, it sounds like she's blocked off in there and not able to be with you. If she's meowing for attention, an ear scratch, a few words to her or a short playtime session should give her the confidence she needs that her humans love her. Getting another cat is OK, but she will eventually bond to the other cat and not to you. If you want a loving pet for it's lifetime, you need to invest some attention in her now.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 9/2/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer