My cat won't use the litter box!

Hello,

I have a 3-4 month old kitten named Hugo. My roomie and I already have a 1 1/2 year old cat when we got Hugo and the two of them get along fine. They share everything from food to places to sleep, and I have even caught them snuggling. They are both boy cats, but the older one has been fixed.

When I first got Hugo, he was too little for Vincent's tall litter box, so I just got a small aluminum pan and filled it with litter for him. Once he got used to that, it was great, but then started being really finicky about it being perfectly clean. He would kick out litter, poop on the litter, and cover it up. All on the floor. Then, I got rid of his aluminum pan and am now trying to get him to go in the covered box. He is big enough to get in there, so I know it's not an issue, but he started using the kitchen floor as a potty.

I took the lid off of the covered box, so maybe he could tell a bit more that it was where he was supposed to go, but he STILL poops everywhere else. I have done all I have heard to do. I have scratched his little claws in the new box, I have cleaned it out really nice, and when I catch him scratching at the kitchen floor, I run him to the box.

What do I need to do to get him to stop using the kitchen floor as a bathroom?!?!

Anna

Answer by KAte
Cats generally do not like to share the same litter tray, this is because the smell of the other cats urine etc indicates their territory. this could be why your little chap goes outside the box.

Also the fact that he is not neutered yet could also be adding to the problem as he will have stronger territorial instincts.

Try separate trays in different places. If this does not help then you may have to try some litter training using the confinement process described here
http://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-litter-box.html

best wishes kate

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