I originally had trouble toilet-training the Magnificent Seven, since I had been told that Momcat teaches them herself once they start eating kitten food, and I foolishly left it up to her--and she did nothing. I ended up with cat excrement all over my apartment. Then I learned to put them in the box after meal time, AND started keeping them in their kitty playpen, and it seems that all have mastered the fine art of \"thinking inside the box.\"
However, Leverett, who has never struck me as the brightest of the bunch, continues to urinate outside the litter box--sometimes NEXT TO the litter box, sometimes on the bed. I\'ve confined him to a cage (it\'s three stories high and big enough for a full-sized cat toilet), but he still occasionally goes on one of the cage shelves. He does go in the litter box more often than not; but he doesn\'t seem to have the usual instinct to always do it where he should.
I suppose I should get him checked out for a urinary infection, but he\'s been doing this consistently since he started walking, and I don\'t see any of the other tell-tale signs of a UTI--frantic pawing at the cat sand, etc. (Spike is prone to UTIs and I know when he\'s got one.)
Assuming it\'s behavioral, what should be done? This is a case slightly different from an adult cat who suddenly starts refusing to use the toilet; his behavior has been consistent since he became ambulatory, and he simply doesn\'t seem to understand that urine goes in the box the way bowel movements do (he\'s okay in that department, at least). Any ideas on what I should do?
I have a feeling that I\'m dealing with a cat who is not, as they say, the sharpest pencil in the box. Cute as a button, but no contender for the Nobel Prize in quantum mechanics. I\'m less worried about the bother of cleaning up after him than about this habit making it hard to find him a good home. Any advice is appreciated.