PLEASE HELP!! Kitten won't use litter box!!

Can I train my kitten to use the litter box? I have a 4 month old kitten who won’t use the litter box, only wants to eliminate on a towel. Will go on carpet if towel isn’t available. His siblings and mom use the litter box fine. I think perhaps he associates the litter box with discomfort. He had early pica symptoms, eating non food items, and suffered pain when eliminating these non food materials (plastic, wiring, rubber, clumping litter, etc). Although he still bites things like all kittens do, the pica or swallowing items seems to be gone. I NEED HELP! I’m constantly laundering towels and he has ruined the carpet in the room where I now have him quarantined. Even with copious use of enzyme cleaners, the room still smells like urine and the carpet will have to be ripped out I fear. Also, the kitten won’t be adoptable unless I can train him to use the litter box. Otherwise, he is a beautiful, charming, playful, long haired male kitten with huge irresistible eyes.  He's had a blood test by a vet and there are no medical issues to cause any of this behavior.  I assume the pica may have been caused by teething and the litter aversion therefore caused by discomfort during elimination (caused by the pica).

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knowellynx

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Reply To: bharrelson63

Some things to consider, if you have already not:
-unscented litter
-Kittens tend to cry and run urgently towards a hiding spot when needing to go potty. Try keeping an eye out for this, and intervening at the appropriate time, gently coax him to, or place him in the box. All cats like a little privacy, so you may want to give some space while watching but stay close until the deed is done
- Kittens tend to hide behind furniture when they need to go potty, so try putting the litter box in a hiding place, to make him more comfortable. ( if you have alot of feline friends, perhaps get another box for this?)
-Cats don't like to eat and drink in the same vicinity where they go to the bathroom, so keep the litter box and food/water in separate rooms
-To ensure cats feel safe, make sure they have plenty of vacating options from the litterbox. Because cats are natural predators, they also are natural prey, so they need escape routes available to them when going to the bathroom
- If you have multiple cats in your household, keep litterboxes spread throughout the house to prevent any one cat becoming territorial over a litterbox and bullying others away from it. The number of litterboxes is also important to halting inappropriate elimination issues.


I've followed all the proper steps, so why does my cat still refuse to use the litterbox?
Your cat may associate the litterbox with negative experiences. Cats suffering from urinary tract diseases, for example, may associate the litterbox with pain and discomfort and therefore avoid using it. In drastic cases such as these, changing as many of the environmental factors associated with the litterbox as possible, such as a new location, size, shape and the smells surrounding the litterbox. Continue to work with your veterinarian on different changes and consider consulting a behaviorist to devise a solution.

Hope the lilguy find harmony with the box, and a loving happy home aswell(:
Goodluck


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knowellynx

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Reply To: knowellynx

Also, as far as your carpet goes,
you have probably thought of this but what about keeping him in an un-carpeted area like the kitchen?

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knowellynx

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Reply To: knowellynx

Or, you know, buying a tarp to put down.

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