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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My cat won't stop urinating in one area

This is a question for a friend. They have a cat that uses the liter box normally for #2, but chooses to urinate in one specific area of the carpet. The issue has gotten bad enough that the area has ...
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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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What are scents which cats do not like?

My family has had a cat (a stray one) for about a year and a half, and there have never been any problems until now. Recently she decided to make some changes in her life and started to pee on a rug ...
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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 can I get my indoor/outdoor cat to resume going outdoors for toileting?

My cat was chased up a tree by a dog. We finally got her down and she came into house but now she will not go outside anymore. She was an indoor/outdoor cat. Now she is pooping & peeing in the ...
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Will our middening kitten get better at using the tray after spaying?

Our kitten caught us out by coming on heat before we had a chance to spay her. We are awaiting for her to come out of heat to get her spayed. In the meantime she is defecating anywhere but the cat ...
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How should I discipline my rabbit for inappropriate toileting?

My rabbit just peed all over me and I chased her around with a tube and hit the ground right next to her and scolded her. What would be a better way to tell my rabbit not to do that again (if there ...
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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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Why would my dog poop for one owner but not the other?

I have a 1-year-old female husky and live in a house with my girlfriend. She works from home and I'm in the office most of the week, so she does most of the dog duties while I am gone (feeding ...
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Dog won't go outside at night to pee

I wake up every morning to find that my 9 month old Dachshund has pee'd somewhere in the house, lately just next to the back door just in front of his dog door that he very well knows how to use. ...
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My dog urinates as soon as she leaves the apartment

Introduction I have a female german shepherd that is eleven years old, she has been neutered last year due to pyometra. She has exostosis on her hind legs that sometimes cause her minor pain and ...
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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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how can I get my puppy to transition from potty pad to outside

My 5 month old husky puppy refuses to go potty outside. When we first got her she went potty outside just fine and a week after we got her she got parvo and when she got over it the vet told us that ...
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Help! My cat pees on everything! [closed]

I have an eight year old female cat named Twinkie. My cat has been with us since she was a baby and she pees on everything. I mean everything!!!! Now she is confined to my one bedroom and is doing ...
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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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How can I get my cat to cover their litter?

We recently adopted two older rescue cats (11 and 13 years old). Apparently, one or both of them do not cover their feces when using the litter. One of our other cats has rather strong feelings ...
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How to teach a rat to not litter in a different spot

Rats are rather clever little creatures. I have potty-trained my two male rats within a single week. Until recently, they have found a new favorite spot. The method I used to teach them was ...
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Why won't my dog defecate in the yard while on a leash?

I have a dog that will refuse to go number two in the backyard when being walked; it will go immediately when taken out of the yard though. Why is this? Basically, this is not specifically training; ...
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My dog only pees in the house when I'm not home [duplicate]

My 13 month old dog started peeing in the house again after being house trained. He would only do it at night (when I was asleep) or when I would go out. At first it seemed just like an accident, ...
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Why has my cat started urinating outside of her litter box? [duplicate]

Some information, we have 3 animals (all sterilized): Mia, a 1 year old Female cat. Bentley, a 2 year old Male cat. Stella, a 1 ½ year old Female dog. Both cats never go outside except for the ...
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Can I make my cat answer nature's call at specific times?

I live on the third floor of an apartment building, and have a cat that goes to the garden to do its business. I know from its mewing when it wants to go, and open the main door accordingly. But very ...
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Cat has started to occasionally gone to toilet in the living room [duplicate]

Our cat which is litter trained for 9 months (and also has outside access) has now suddenly gone to the toilet a couple of times in in our living room. The cat has been spayed and the first time it ...
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Why has my cat's pee started to smell very strongly of ammonia?

I have a female spayed cat in my flat for the last eight months. She used to be stray, I took her in when she was about six months old. So she's about 1,5 years old. This past month I have noticed ...
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Can I keep my cat from defecating in the carrier during transport?

About 6 weeks ago, we adopted 2 senior cats. While bringing them home, one of the cats defecated in her carrier. Last night, I took them both to our vet for a checkup. Each cat has their own ...
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How can I encourage a kitten to poop for a stool sample?

I always seem to have this problem. My kitten has her second doctor's appointment coming up (second round of shots), and I still need to get them a stool sample for a checkup, preferably no older ...
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How to stop dogs from urinating on my entrance?

I don't have any pets, but people in my neighborhood walk their dogs in my street. In doing so, the dogs urinate on the wall just outside our front door. This is very annoying because it stains the (...
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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 (...
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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 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 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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How to keep my dog from urinating in specific places?

I have a male dog who is urinating in some places where I don't want him to. On my terrace especially, and sometimes when he is stressed (by the presence of another dog for example) he even enters in ...
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Indoor Cat Sneaking Outside, Urinating on Deck BBQ Cover

I have an old cat (16+ yr) who has figured out how to tailgate the dogs out the dog-door (the door is self-locking door which to dogs can open via a dongle on their collar). This does not bother us ...
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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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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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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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When should I take my puppy out to use the bathroom?

I have a 14 week old Havanese-Maltese puppy that I am trying to potty train. I work 8 hours a day and keep her in a crate when I am at work or sleeping. As soon as I come home/wake up I take her ...
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Can I locate my cats' feeding maze close to their litter-box?

I have two cats. We feed them wet food daily (in the kitchen far from the litter-box,) and we provide them free access to dry kibble all day long. The litter-box and the feeding zone are located in ...
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Kitten is still defecating on the floor even after I rub his face in it, what do I do?

My new kitten is six weeks old and I think he's defective! I adopted him from Craigslist and the people said he was litter trained, but he keeps going to the "bathroom" in the corner of the room. ...
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Why does cat urine have a stronger smell than other pet urine?

It may just be my perception, but it seems like cat pee has a distinctly 'Cat' smell that is different from other pet urine. It seems to have a stronger smell that lasts longer, than other urine ...
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Dog urinating when greeting people

We have a 1 year 2 month-old collie/lab cross. He has a pretty manic/wired temperament so we have to work pretty hard to get him to calm down/relax. Lately, we've been having a problem whereby he is ...
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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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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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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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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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Toilet training a leashed dog

My dog just will not go to the toilet while on a leash. I take her out in the morning and 3-4 times during the evening (once before bed). She constantly whines - and when I mention going outside she ...
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How do I begin toilet training a cat? [closed]

I do not know how to begin (and continue) the experience of toilet training a cat. How do I go about doing this?
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How do I break the bad toilet training habits of my puppy?

When we picked up our Bichon Frise pup, he had lived in a crate of shredded paper. They used it as the toilet area for the puppies. This has made it that my dog does not stick to the crate rule of ...
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How do I stop my cat from defecating indoors?

Our cat's litter box is outside on a balcony. Usually, he has no trouble going out there and using it, but every now and again (perhaps once a month) he will instead decide to poop indoors, usually ...
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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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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 ...