I have two cats. One adult cat that is eight years old. She is very sweet and quiet. She has never had a problem about peeing all over the house. I bought another kitten, born July 5, 2008. We have three litter boxes cleaned every day. They're allowed to go outside as well. But no matter what, my kitten is peeing all over the house. Is she just young and she'll learn, or am I doing something wrong? Please respond! Thanks, Stephanie
Did you take her to the vet first to rule out any health problems? Sometimes when they have a UTI, they can have this problem. Do you have a litter box shallow enough for her to go in? What kind of litter are you using? If you are using the clay that is not scoopable, that might be too rough on her paws. They tend to like the scoopbale better because it has more of a "dirt" texture to it and is softer. She is old enough to know how to use the litter box, mine were using it at 8 weeks of age. Try putting some of the other cat's feces in the box for the kitten, and put her in there and smell it, and she will know that is where she should go. Everytime you see her even thinking about going, put her in the box when you can.
Riley is right. First step is to rule out a health issue. My kittens were fully trained by the time they came home at 8 weeks old and yours is almost a year old? Definitely way past the learing curve. How long have you had her? Did she ever use the box? Does she ever now? She may not like where it is located. Too busy? Not enough privacy? Too far away from where she spends her time? If it's covered, she may prefer an open box. Or in my cats' case, they refuse to use an open box. If you have not had her very long, find out what type of litter and box she was using before you got her. Cats can be very particular. I occasionally try a new type of litter and when I do, I use it in just one box so the familiar stuff is still available. I watched Allie get very confused by Feline Pine. She did not like the feel of it on her paws. She ended up going into the box with her regular Tidy Cats scoop in it after testing the pine pellets several times with her paws and deciding "no way". My cats have also vetoed Swheat Scoop and "The World's Best Cat Litter" which is made of corn. Scoopable clay is the only thing they will all use. You also need to clean the areas where she has peed with an enzyme cleaner like Nature's Miracle to remove the scent she may keep going back to. Even if you can not smell it,she can.
"One cat just leads to another" - Ernest Hemingway