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niceguy2 Tue 16-Aug-11 10:53:59

We got a cat about 6 months ago from rescue after I relented under pressure from my partner & kids. We kept the furball in for a few weeks so obviously had to use a litter tray. Fair enough.

Now the cat goes out when he wants but always returns to do its business in the tray. We've tried to remove it but then it just picks a corner of the house and does it there!

We have lots of open spaces around the house and all the other bloody cats on our estate seem to manage to find somewhere to take a shit.

I'm sick of it because as predicted no bugger is interested in dealing with the poos now. DP thinks its a "shared" job with me despite me never wanting the cat in the first place and I can't remember the last time she dealt with it. The kids run for cover unless under threat of death from me.

Don't get me wrong, the cat's ok but I've never been a pet lover and I've enough responsibility in my life.

Does anyone know how to train the cat to poo outside before I insist the bloody thing is returned to rescue?

SockMunkee Tue 16-Aug-11 10:56:10

This is a wind up...yes?

DogsBestFriend Tue 16-Aug-11 11:03:56

"Does anyone know how to train the cat to poo outside before I insist the bloody thing is returned to rescue?" hmm

You do that, that's okay, we're used to taking back traumatised, confused animals the owners' can't be bothered to train.

Now, I hope you were joking... because I wasn't.

Tip 1: You're going to get flamed by the "cats shouldn't shit outside, dirty creatures, kill them" brigade. Ignore. Or tell them to piss off. Either will do.

Tip 2. Scoop some soiled cat litter from the tray in the part of your garden where you wish her to "go". Take her outside about 20 minutes after feeding her (less if she's a small kitten) and place her upon this spot. Gently take her paw and imitate the digging action cats make when they're going to the toilet. Step away, go indoors, close door, make coffee, chill, leave mog out for a couple of hours assuming weather is good.

You will no doubt need to repeat this a few times but it DOES work. Also, clean soiled areas in the house with a washing powder solution and NOT a bleach based one as the latter's amonia smell is attractive to cats whereas laundry powder's emzymes break down the smell.

Tip 3: The above probably won't work first time so make sure that a litter tray is still available but is closer to the door. Then move it closer the next time, closer still the next.

Tip 4: See Tip 1.


smoggii Tue 16-Aug-11 11:04:33


DogsBestFriend Tue 16-Aug-11 11:04:52

PS What sort of rescue rehomed to a house where one of the adults didn't want the pet in the first place? hmm

glasscompletelybroken Tue 16-Aug-11 11:07:34

Why would it be a wind up?

Move the litter tray to just inside the door for a day and then move it outside. Once you have put the tray outside put the cat out - if you have a cat flap then lock the flap so it can't get back in. Leave the cat outside for a couple of hours before you let it back in. When the cat is in treat it as a dog you are house training and put it outside as soon as it changes what it is doing - so if it is playing put it out when it stops, if it is sleeping put it out when it wakes up etc. After 3 or 4 days just get rid of the tray from outside and it will do it's poo somewhere else! It won't take long - they are pretty smart.

itisnearlysummer Tue 16-Aug-11 11:08:54

YABU for falling for the oldest "can we have a pet daddy?" trick in the book.

itisnearlysummer Tue 16-Aug-11 11:09:21

forgot the grin

TheBigJessie Tue 16-Aug-11 11:12:32

Well, I expect you prefer to go to the toilet in your nice, safe house, rather than squatting outside in the open, wondering if another person will come up and disturb you.


A cat lover.

niceguy2 Tue 16-Aug-11 11:20:17

OK, let me explain. I personally didn't want a cat. But I relented under pressure from my partner and kids who all insisted they did. They would all take care of him and I wouldn't have to do anything.

To be fair they will generally feed him but they all leave the poo until someone cracks. And that person is me as I can't stand the smell.

I'd never mistreat the cat but then I feel I've been conned with the whole "Oh we promise you won't need to do anything...." then being left with literally the crappiest job.

What does my head in the most is the cat actually comes in to do his business then goes out again! We are surrounded by places he can go but no....he comes in!

TheBigJessie Tue 16-Aug-11 11:26:41

Because he wants to go home, where it's safe! It's also far more comfortable for him in a soft litter tray, and the litter is easy for him to dig in.

There could also be issues of dominance and territory, if there's lots of cats locally. But I know little about cat behavioural mechanics.

DogsBestFriend Tue 16-Aug-11 11:28:54

"I personally didn't want a cat. But I relented under pressure from my partner and kids who all insisted they did. They would all take care of him and I wouldn't have to do anything."

And this sort of situation is why we try our utmost to ensure that all adults are totally committed to adopting a pet.

Regardless of how or why you agreed to taking him on you did it - assuming that you're of at least average intelligence there's no excuse as a result for going back on your commitment. Please see the advice above - I rescue cats and I have owned cats for nearly 30 years too, the suggestion above is very successful.

niceguy2 Tue 16-Aug-11 11:52:20

I know what you mean dogs. But I'm just a bit pissed off at the moment that the other members of my family are cherry picking their "commitment".

I'll do the above suggestion as that advice is exactly what I was looking for. I'll also discuss this over dinner and get some sort of rota drawn up until the cat learns.

DogsBestFriend Tue 16-Aug-11 12:00:42

Discussing cat poo over dinner eh?

You'll be popular! grin

didyouseewhatshedid Tue 16-Aug-11 12:08:59

Op we have the precise same prob with one of our cats. We have three and one of the fuckers always comes in for a shite. The worst thing is, it shits anywhere - in the bath, in the kid's bedroom, in my office, even on my leather office chair the dirty furry fucker. The thing is, it is about 11 now so i am hoping it doesnt have long left. I would never be cruel to it or get rid of it but it is annoying.

cleanteeth Tue 16-Aug-11 12:25:36

We had this problem training our cat when we decided we didnt want to use a litter tray anymore. Best thing we found was putting the litter tray near the door and any time you see them go to do their business chuck them outside. you have to be quick and make sure your around for the times they normally want to go. Took us a couple of weeks untill he started to get the hint

cleanteeth Tue 16-Aug-11 12:26:53

Also try putting the litter tray outside if your going to be out most of the day, can also sprinkle used cat litter around your garden

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