Questions tagged [toilet-training]

Issues related to housebreaking, training a pet to use certain areas and problems encountered with toileting issues, such as marking.

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How can stop my adult cat from urinating in inappropriate places?

My 8 year old cat has recently began urinating in inappropriate places. How can I correct this behavior? At first he started urinating on the floor, in a small area in the basement. I moved a litter ...
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How do I stop my cat from peeing on rugs and linens?

We have two cats who are litter trained, but one of them occasionally pees on rugs or linens instead. According to my fiancée, the cat was accidentally toilet trained on a towel as a kitten, and now ...
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What is required to house break a rabbit?

I have heard that rabbits make good pets. How hard is it house break rabbits?
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Cat pooping outside of litterbox, but not always

I got my cat about 2 years ago, rescued from the PETA equivalent (SPA in France). He was around 3 at that time, based on his teeth length. He was quickly adapted to the apartment and the litterbox. ...
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Why is my dog drinking his pee after he urinates inside?

Every night, as soon as I turn off the last light in the house, if I've forgotten to take the dog (a 13-year-old miniature dachshund we obtained from a reputable breeder 11 years ago) out immediately ...
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How can I eliminate set-in dog urine scent from a carpet?

Our 15-year-old dog has decided she no longer wants to be house trained. As a result, we have several set-in dog urine spots in our carpet. We have a consumer Hoover "steam" cleaner and have ...
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My cat suddenly stopped using the litter-box to defecate

I have read this question, but no answer seems to help here. My cat is an eight-year-old neutered male, and I have had it for five years. He has always used the litter box, but sometimes defecated ...
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Why is my dog peeing in the house when we're not home?

After the first month, he got settled in and more hyper, and now whenever we leave and no one is in the house (except him and the cats) he defecates inside. We take him out before we leave, but we ...
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Why does my cat pee on the rug outside the toilet?

I have a cat which was a stray cat 10 years ago. No pee tray or litter tray was provided as she knows how to do her business in the toilet without any training from the 1st day. However, the problem ...
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How do I transition my dog from using potty pads to going outside?

I have a 2-year old Yorkie that I am having problems with potty training. I read in a few Yorkie books that we should start off by placing potty pads in various places around the house, then slowly ...
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Why does my cat poop (but not pee) on the floor?

I have 2 cats, and they seem to hate each other. They have been for a long time and they just don't get along. But one of them (the female) always uses the litterbox. The male never uses the litterbox....
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Cats making a mess with litter

Our 2 cats always used to make a mess, so we got this litter box. They still made some mess, but it was much smaller and we had a carpeted floor, so whatever spilled stuck next to the box and was ...
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How can I keep my pet dry if they wet the bed?

I have a geriatric bunny (11 years) who is having difficulties getting to in and out of the litter box, sometimes when he is not feeling well he will pee in his bed and it gets him all wet. Urine ...
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What do I need to consider when buying litter for a rabbit?

We know that rabbits are easy to litter box train. At the pet store there are some litters in the cat area, and there are different litters in the rabbit (small mammal) area. Can I use a cat litter? ...
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Crate-training our puppy is not working - help!

We have had our puppy for about 6 weeks and have been unsuccessful at house-breaking him. We are at wit's end. We have been doing strict crate-training for about 4 weeks now. It has worked to some ...
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How can I train my cat to use the toilet?

I asked a question How do I manage a cat litter box to maximize hygiene? and received this answer suggesting to train my cat to use the toilet. How can I train my cat to use the toilet?
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Why do rabbits leave droppings at the Romp?

Recently I was at a local shelter for a "bun run", where they let about 20 bunnies out for social time (some with each other, all with humans), and I noticed that even the ones who were supposedly ...
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Why should there be one more litter box than the total number of cats?

I've seen it recommended in many places that you should own a litter box for each cat in your home plus an extra. What are the reasons behind this, and is there an upper limit where this strategy ...
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What can I do to stop my cat urinating indoors?

My cat is normally very well behaved - he is used to going outside and always uses his litter box. However he has recently had surgery on his foot and must stay indoors and wear a cone on his head ...
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My dog is destroying things and peeing inside when I am at work. How can I get him to stop?

I have a 7.5 year old pit bull and he likes to destroy things while I am at work (the couch, anything kind of box left out, anything left on the table - edible or not) and he likes to pee inside. He ...
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If I have both a cat and a rabbit, can they (or should they) share a litter box?

In the question What should we look for in a kitty companion for our rabbit? we learned that cats and rabbits can make good friends for each other, but it was stated the litter boxes could be a ...
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My kitten keeps peeing in a specific place outside of his litter box

Note : There are a lot of questions about can and toilet issues but I didn't find any matching my personal issue (same spot every time, cat still uses the litter box). Here are some questions that I ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages to using a safflower seed litter box with my rabbit?

Some people are looking for ecologically-friendly rabbit litter box solutions. One solution is a non-absorbent litter in a drain-through litter box. The Smart Cat Box caught my attention when ...
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What types of kitty litter are there and what else can be used as kitty litter?

What types of kitty litter are there? What type of materials can be used as kitty litter? Answering the following question got me searching for some resources on here. Kitten always gets dirty ...
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My cat is peeing around the litter box

So my cat reacted once we had our first child. My cat is 16 years old and was very cuddly so I'm fairly sure this is part of the problem. We had noticed she had started peeing around her litter box, ...
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Cat digs litter out of the box

My cat is a bit too tenacious in digging in his litter box. Not matter how clean it is, no matter how much litter is inside, he spends quite some time digging it, both before and after doing his ...
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How can I get my cat to stop pooping on the bed?

3 months ago, we brought a new cat home. She is just over a year old now, and took a couple of weeks before she was comfortable roaming our apartment. During that time, we had the litter box tucked ...
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In a multiple cat home, how many litter boxes should you have?

I have seen a few suggestions in answers to other questions about it. But when I look I can never find it. If I have multiple cats in my home, how many litter boxes should I have?
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My puppy pees inside even though I think I'm doing everything right

I have a 6 month old Shih Tzu and I feel like I am following all of the standard advice about house training him to not pee inside. I live in NYC on the 8th floor, but with a balcony. We have a crate, ...
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My 7-month-old puppy is peeing in the home constantly

I have a 7 month old puppy. He is a cross Mastiff and his weight is about 27kg. I took him when he was 1.5 months old. Then I trained him to pee on some newspapers I let laying on the floor of the ...
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How should I correct my dog when I catch him drinking his urine?

So my dog drinks his pee, and it's been suggested to correct his behavior when I catch him. As suggested, rubbing his nose in it is not the correct tactic, and in fact may have created the behavior. ...
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How can I indicate where my kitten is supposed to do her business?

I got a very young kitten about a week ago. From the previous owner, she was litter trained, and only had a couple accidents. I get her home, and I can't seem to get her to use her litter box at all....
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Human toilet training: Weaning cat off litter for pooping?

I've been working for a while to train my cat to use the human toilet, and the process is taking much longer than I'd hoped. There is already a general question on the topic, but I have a specific ...
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How can I teach my cat how to properly bury her own poop?

My cat (a 2 year old female Bengal) has a few issues related to the litter box; one of the strangest is that she can't seem to figure out how to properly bury her poop. She'll go to the litter box, do ...
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How can I redirect a cat about to pee outside the litter box?

As I mentioned in another question, my cat has been peeing on things outside of her litter box. So far she’s done it three times right in front of me, so either she doesn’t realize that she’s in the ...
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Cat sometimes uses the litter box, other times uses the kitchen floor

Even though I've bought every brand out there, I can't find a way to make my cat use the litter-box consistently. She uses my kitchen floor more often. I clean the box daily, so I don't think it is an ...
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How do I keep my neighbor's cat from defecating in my yard?

One of my neighbors (not sure which one) has a cat that keeps defecating in my yard, I keep finding remnants every other day. While amusing, I don't have time to build the motion activated scare ...
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Help! Adopted stray cat peeing on my bed all of a sudden

My female spayed cat Togepi was a stray cat until earlier this year (round about March) when we decided to take her in. As a stray cat she spent most of her time outside and refused to use a litter ...
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How do I stop my 10 month old puppy from eliminating on the carpet?

We have a 1 year old puppy, part Anatolian Shepherd and the rest unknown, who has been with us since she was 5 weeks old. We went to adopt a 2 year old Basenji from a rescue but it didn't work out, ...
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Cat: Sanitary Issues and Peeing Outside The Box

I have a two year old Bengal who, since she was a kitten: Doesn't cover her pee or poop in the litter box after she is done. Meaning, if she comes back to a littler box with uncovered pee/poop, she'...
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How do I keep my cat from pooping near my pillow?

Our cat is about 12 years old and she's recently started pooping right near my pillow. Always the exact same spot -- never near my partner's pillow (thanks for that, kitty). She still uses the litter ...
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Why is my dog peeing in the house when I am home?

Why is my dog peeing in the house when I am home, but does not pee for 10 hours when he is confined to one room? He is a 7 lb chihuahua mixed rescue, who lived with 70 other dogs, well, 69, and I have ...
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How to train a dog to poo in a particular part of the garden?

I have a puppy that poos outside in the garden. However, she is not selective in the location where she poos, and the garden is relatively large. This makes the weekly clean up a bit of a scavenger ...
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How do I prevent my cats from urinating everywhere?

I have 5 cats (2 males, 3 females, all spayed/neutered). They all used to be indoor, but because they urinated everywhere, especially one that slept with me, we now keep them outside. I really miss ...
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What is the best way to toilet train a puppy? [closed]

My friend's dog uses the restroom on his carpet a lot, and he's already tried lots of methods to get it to stop. Does anyone know an effective way to toilet train a puppy?
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How to make my cats poo in certain area of my yard/garden?

I have three cats that usually make their business on a regular indoor litter box and also outside everywhere over the garden. They often spend the night outside, or even some days if I travel. Is ...
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Kitten stopped using litterbox, how should I correct him?

I have a male, 5 month old kitten. I received him at 2 months old from a friend. When I brought him home he didn't use the litter box, but I realized that he didn't like the litter. Since then, I ...
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Why does my dog urinate when I call her?

We have two Labradors, a male and female from the same litter, that we got when they were two months. They are now 5 months old. They are both very friendly and loving with the kids, but the female ...
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Why does my cat go to the toilet at the same time as I do?

I have three cats. They live permanently indoors and have 24 hour access to their kitty litter except when I go to the toilet as it is a walk-through toilet and their room is only accessed through ...
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Should I keep my cat from playing in her litter box?

I have a stray (cat) I took in a few days ago; a ~2 month old female with a clean bill of health and no unusual behavior. She immediately used the litter box correctly and has not had any accidents (...