My very playful kittens love their litter boxes . . . a little bit too much. How can I encourage them not to play in the litter boxes, and more importantly, not to take their poop out of the litter box to play with?
The kittens are just over three months old. If they are awake, they are playing with something. Res
is the biggest troublemaker and most likely to play with poop, but Essie
will also join in. The playing with poop is not for lack of toys, and the playing in the litterboxes is not for lack of kitten-specific hidey holes. If we notice the poop playing, it's easy to distract them.
We have three litterboxes (one covered, two uncovered) and do our best to keep them clean all the time, but we do sleep and leave the house. The kittens use the litterboxes just fine; they usually pick a favorite for the day and will both use it exclusively for a while, then once all three boxes are clean, they'll pick a new favorite. I have no idea why, cats are weird.
I've thought about a top entry box like this
, but I'm not sure if the kittens would use it. They're fine using a covered litterbox without the door, but refuse to use it if I put the door (a swinging door) on.
I saw this almost identical question
from several years ago, but I'm hoping for more suggestions!