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How do I keep my five month old kitten from PLAYING in the litter box IN ADDITION TO using it for what it's intended?

Asked by Mr_M (7616points) September 29th, 2008
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marissa's avatar

I have never had success in keeping a kitten from playing it the litter box. I hope someone here can give you a solution, but if they can’t, here is what I do to lessen the problem. I keep the box super clean. I make sure that there is something under the box to catch the litter that is being scattered (an old plastic mat that you use under office chairs works really well). I keep cat toys about 3 feet away from the box, close enough that the kitten will hopefully get distracted by them and start playing with them instead, but far enough away that they don’t end up in the litter. I keep wet wipes on hand so that if they happen to get any feces on them, I can quickly wipe it off (of course, you need to be there for that to work). I have also found that having a litter box with a lid, lessens the problem, because they don’t seem to like to play in it as much, if it has a lid (but that may just be the kittens I’ve had). If it is any comfort, every cat I have ever had, has stopped this behaviour on their own as they have gotten older.

deaddolly's avatar

Mine have done that as well. I think it’s just a kitten thing, even tho it’s gross to you. Like playing in the toilet when your a toddler. you seem to have it handled pretty well. How about putting the litter box in another room? Just remeber to show him/her where it went!

jca's avatar

i think kittens play everywhere and you can’t stop them. don’t even try, just let the kitten play.

syz's avatar

Mostly, he’ll outgrow it. But in the meantime, displace the behavior when you see it – take the kitten out and give him a toy to distract him.

tonedef's avatar

Yeah, and be thankful that he’s even using it. I adopted a cat that was abandoned in a tropical storm, and the thing poops wherever it wants to.

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