Hi all. And thanks to those who have supported me as I've hand raised my 2 kittens. Glad to say they are doing amazingly well.
I just have one issue.
When I had them in their box both of my kitties were litter box trained, peeing and pooping in the box, no accidents etc.
now they're 8 weeks old and I've moved them into a spare bedroom with lots of toys, lots more room etc. the first few days were fine, we HAD been using a cardboard box for their litter and it wasn't a problem. However after a few days we bought a real litter tray, plastic. Since then my little girl will not use the litter tray! She will pee and poop on the floor. Generally in the same 2 spots.
We have tried spraying a strong scented carpet cleaner but it doesn't deter her. I got another cardboard box and brought that in for her to use and I've seen her pee in it, but she then pooped on the floor again, in the second spot.
I THINK her brother might have bullied her out of the first litter box. They are very close but he likes to flex his muscles occasionally.
I'm just not sure what to do. She is eating fine, she poops once or twice a day which has always been normal for her, and judging from the state of my carpet she's peeing 2-3 times a day. Also fairly normal...
Not sure what else to do :(
My next step is to put her back in the box with the litter tray so she has no choice. (It's a big box, over a meter in length)
I will link you to a great article dealing with this issue.....but will add my own advice as well.
first of all you need 2 litter boxes!!!! very important to have one EACH....and keep at least one the same size as they are used to, don't make quick changes to size, litter type or location...kitties are sensitive.
secondly....you have to use an ENZYME cleaner....avail at a good pet shop...these enzyme are needed to remove the odor from where the kitten has soiled, carpet in your case....using a carpet cleaner WILL NOT remove the scent from their sensitive little noses...cats can detect these smells even when we can't....thus the need for the enzyme cleaner to remove all traces or kitty will continue to use the same spot..cats go by scent alone and if they can smell traces of urine/poop on a surface they will think its the spot to use...
there are many enzyme cleaners avail.....Urine Erase, Anti-icky Poo, Natures Miracle, Urine Off etc.....just be sure to buy from a pet shop and not a grocery store as their brands are not as good.
A random thought, Is the new tray taller than the old one or covered? She may have trouble getting in or be kinda scared of it or even not like the smell of the plastic. Good luck!! I know it can be very frustrating. I finally had to take up my carpet, but the pottying stopped then since the smell was gone. Even with all the cleaners I couldn't stop her but she is a very sensitive kitty and kept smelling it.
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