Hi, We've got a problem with one of our kittens pooping next to the litter tray. We've tried so many things that we're at a loss with what to do next. We've got two ragdoll kittens that are 8 months old, brother and sister. We've had them since they were 3 months and they arrived fully litter trained. However, just a couple of weeks after having them Yoshi, the boy, started pooping next to the litter tray. Over the past 4 months it's gradually got worse where he now consistently poops next to the litter every time. I think it must have been about 3 months since he voluntarily pooped in the litter tray without us putting him in there just when he is about to go. His sister, Mitsu, hasn't had a single toileting "accident" since we've had them. She uses the litter trays with no problem at all. Both kittens get on very well, they play together and sleep together (out of choice). Mitsu was a bit clingy with Yoshi when we first got them and would follow him around everywhere and meow for him to come back if he left the room, which may have been a bit annoying for him when he was going to the toilet! He's always been the more independent of the two, but she's calmed down a lot and doesn't mind being in separate rooms now Here's a bit about their living situation: - We live in a flat with only one floor but two spacious bedrooms and a large living room. - We have 4 litter trays - 2 in the spare room and 2 in the bathroom. His sister tends to use the 2 in the spare room and Yoshi tend to use the 2 in the bathroom. They both clearly like to pee in one and poop in the other (or pee in one and poop on the floor in Yoshi's case). Yoshi and Mitsu have a regular sized litter tray each and a large brit-pet sieve litter tray each. They don't really show a preference for either type of tray. - We use wood pellets in the large sieve tray (the breeder used wood pellets and the same sieve trays so the kittens were used to using this when we got them) and Oko Plus Cats best litter in the regular trays. Again, they use both equally as frequently. We've also tried clay litter but neither of them seemed to even understand this was cat litter and stuck to using the wood pellets/Oko. - The litter trays aren't right next to each other and are all in quiet areas of the flat, away from food, water and sleeping areas. - We scoop the pee/poop from the litter trays twice a day and clean them properly with fairy liquid and hot water once a week. - We play with them all the time and they are both very affectionate lap cats. They both seem very happy and lie across our laps on their backs in true ragdoll fashion. I should note that Yoshi has never pooped anywhere other than on the lino right next to the litter trays. It isn't necessarily in the same spot - any bit of floor next to any litter tray will do... even occasionally next to Mitsu's litter trays in the spare room. I should also point out that the spare room has a carpet floor with the litter trays on a piece of lino and Yoshi has only ever pooped on the thin strip of lino on show, never on the carpet. This means he is so determined to poop on lino that he will squeeze himself into a tiny space to poop rather than use the nice big clean litter box beside him. He's been to the vet and we've been reassured that there is nothing medically wrong with him. The vets are certain that this is a behavioural issue. We've tried using a feliway diffuser, and giving him lots of praise for peeing in the litter tray and even a treat at times. We've also tried giving his sister lots of praise for using the litter trays to try and encourage him. We've tried lifting him gently into the litter tray when he's scratching at the lino about to poo, talking to him in a reassuring voice and praising him afterwards. The problem with this is that he's so against pooping in the litter tray that he immediately gets out and tries scratching at a different part of the floor on the other side of the litter tray. If we persist and put in back in the litter tray he gets so stressed out that he decides he doesn't need to poop anymore and leaves. When this happens, he usually doesn't attempt to go again for a couple of hours He always pees in the litter trays so doesn't seem to have anything strongly against them. But when he's going for a poo he frantically scratches at the lino and nothing can distract him from his focus so it doesn't work when we try to draw attention to the litter tray. We regularly clean the lino and clean the area where he's pooped straight afterwards with enzyme cleaner. We've also tried moving the litter trays to where he's pooped but he then just poops where the litter trays originally were. It isn't always in the same spot on the lino, just as long as it's near one of the litter trays. He's never attempted to poop on the kitchen lino. We feel that, whatever the original reason behind him pooping next to the litter tray, he now thinks the lino is where he's SUPPOSED TO POOP. So we need to retrain him to poop in the litter tray. We tried putting a piece of lino in one of the litter trays but he then simply peed in the lino litter tray and pooped next to it. We quickly switched back to litter because we didn't want him to think peeing on the lino was the way to go too! Does anyone have any advice? We really don't want to keep trying to place him in the litter trays because it seems to stress him out. It isn't the end of the world having to clean up poop from the lino - it isn't much more work than scooping it out of the litter tray anyway. But obviously we want him to poop in the litter tray and the longer it goes on the more he'll think this is normal behaviour. Sorry for my really long post... I just thought I should explain as much as possible.