we just got a 12 week old kitten for my daughter's birthday. he is exceptionally cute and affectionate, and seems healthy except he keeps POOPING on the floor (3 times so far.) it is also quite loose, not the "tootsie roll" type poops of a regular cat, but mushy like maybe diarrhea. so i don't know if it's a behavioural issue or a medical issue. we have shown him where the litterbox is about 12000 times, and we THINK he is using it (we have another cat, so it's hard to tell if the kitten is using it as well.)
when he does poop on the floor, how best to deal with it? the old "Rub their nose in it" thing, or is there a better way to discipline him? usually i let him smell it, and immediately throw him in the litter box. do i put the poop in the box so he understands? should we get him his own litterbox? maybe he doesn't want to share with our female cat?
we got him from the SPCA, so i am going to call them and ask them about it. we had been told he had had some loose stools, and to let them know if it continued. i guess a vet visit is in order. just wondering what i should do in the meantime so it doesn't become a behavioural habit. i've never had a cat do this before.