6 week old kitten won't use litter box

by Pam

Our cat recently had 2 kittens, 1 female and 1 male. They are almost 6 weeks old... the female kitten won't use the litter box.

I have discovered that she has peed in my son's slipper and also in the kitten bed. What can I do?

I even tried a second litter box thinking she won't use the same litter as her brother. Please help.

My Thoughts:

More litter boxes are always a good idea, Pam, and it certainly can't hurt. Some kittens are a little slower to catch on, but it sounds like she's only having a problem with urination?

If she's only urinating outside the box, then I would have to wonder if she's got a urinary tract problem? If the vet has given her a clean bill of health, then the first thing I would try is to put her in the box after each meal.

I would recommend confinement retraining, but I'm guessing the kittens are not fully weaned? You might try modified confinement retraining, keeping all three cats in a small room.

Make sure to make it pleasant for them and visit with them often and provide lots of attention. Place her in the litter box after each meal and throughout the day.

I hope that helps. Please let us know how she makes out.

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Apr 10, 2022
6 weeks old kitten
by: Charity

I am trying to find out what to do with my kitten who is 6 weeks old I just got it today and it's its 1st day winged from the mother I do not have the mother I got to cut from a friend it is from a friend it is a bangle's kitten and it will not use the litter Box I have 2 other cats but right now only one of the other cats is allowed around it because it's so tiny and the other cat has to still get used to it the 1 cat is a boy and it is going around with the kitten very well but the kidneys are using the litter Box any suggestions would help

Jun 23, 2021
by: Anonymous

I'm having this same issue now and want to thank you because the responses are very helpful, but I want to point out that it is unfair to say things like "please fix the mother". Yes cats are overpopulated, yes many people who let them breed don't know what they are doing, but that isn't the case with everyone. In my case, this was a planned litter between my own 2 cats and I have well reviewed homes already lined up for all but the one I am keeping. As long as the owner is doing their research, let people live their lives with their animals, including the option to allow them to have kids as long as it is done responsibly.

Nov 05, 2011
Baby kitten won't use litter box
by: Anonymous

The kitten is really young yet... especially if she is playing and forgets where the box is... I would scoop up her pee or poop and put it in the box... Take the kitten there right after she eats and let her smell it... leave it there for couple of days...

Doesn't sound like they are in one room... it would be better because while confined to one room the mother will teach her...

At 6 weeks she is too little to hold it while running all over the house... good luck... but please fix the mother...

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