Instinct doesn't appear to be working in this case
December 3, 2013 2:30 PM Subscribe
Please help us get an adorable seven week old (possibly developmentally delayed?) kitten litter trained so that he can go to his new home.
posted by Soliloquy to Pets & Animals (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Several weeks ago, we rescued a pair of abandoned kittens. (A local semi-homeless man we know had kind of bonded with the mother cat--who had obviously been abandoned herself--and been keeping tabs on the kittens, and when she stopped taking care of them he brought them to us for bottle-feeding and nurturing.) The female kitten, though smaller, has always been more advanced developmentally than the male kitten and has mostly gotten this; the big fluffy one is still lagging behind on litter training. We found homes for the mother cat--who is being spayed as I write this--and the female kitten, and one for the male kitten as well, but he's got to learn to use the litterbox before he can move on.
To forestall some questions, litter boxes both regular size and scaled-down have been made available to both kittens. They're being fostered in a multi-cat household, so they're not without role models. The other cats are mostly friendly and have not been observed guarding the litter boxes. Their main caregiver has fostered many kittens before and never had trouble getting any of them going in the right place. When the kittens are observed starting to pee and poop elsewhere, they've been carried to the nearest litterbox. When unobserved, their waste has been collected and put in the litter boxes. We've already tried Dr. Elsey's litter with the cat attractant, but that didn't work. (And no, we didn't rip a semi-homeless man's only friend away from him, he asked us to help get them off the streets since he couldn't take care of them himself.)
(I know photographs of said kitties are required. Pictures will be forthcoming as soon as they arrive in my email inbox, I promise!)