Trying to litter box train a 7 month old outdoor cat

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My cat, Neymar, was found in June as a very small kitten in the barn. We estimated she’s about 7-8 months old. Of course we sneak her in sometimes but she’s always been a outdoor cat.
Two nights ago something attacked Neymar and we took her to the vet. The vet said it was mostly likely a male cat and Neymar put up a fight and Neymar got wounded. I have some pictures just to show you.
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Neymar has been acting normal so we aren’t freaking out that much. The vet suggested we keep her in from the cold and at night put her in someone’s room so she isn’t now attacked again. We’ve been doing just that

Ok so Neymar isn’t litter trained and we don’t want poop and pee all over the house and we’ve been trying to get her to go without luck. Here’s a pic of the setup
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any ideas on how to get Neymar to use the litter box?
 

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Try to find some of her pee or poop and put it in there. Since she's used to going outside, perhaps some handfuls of grass on the top. There is also a litter product which I believe is called Attract that is supposed to encourage kittens to use the box.

Where is she currently going? You may need to put her in a smaller space overnight with the litter box and feed her just before bedtime.

That wound does not look like it was another cat. They normally would go for the head/neck area and also leave scratch marks. I'd guess another animal such as raccoon or possum. Looks like a sneak attack. Another cat would leave more than just that since she would have fought back.
 

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Try to find some of her pee or poop and put it in there. Since she's used to going outside, perhaps some handfuls of grass on the top. There is also a litter product which I believe is called Attract that is supposed to encourage kittens to use the box.

Where is she currently going? You may need to put her in a smaller space overnight with the litter box and feed her just before bedtime.

That wound does not look like it was another cat. They normally would go for the head/neck area and also leave scratch marks. I'd guess another animal such as raccoon or possum. Looks like a sneak attack. Another cat would leave more than just that since she would have fought back.
She’s going outside in the mulch. The vet said it was a cat but I guessed it was a coon as well. The vet said it was probably a cat since it was all puffy yesterday
 

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Normally, cat would use it instantly as they prefer to do their business somewhere they can cover their poo up. Specifically you are using a fine clay litter which cat really likes. My cat is an indoor cat but I allow her to access the garden when it is sunny outside. She use both her litter box and the garden soil.
You can gently put her in the litter box and grab her paws and show her you can dig here.
See how it goes.
 

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Normally, cat would use it instantly as they prefer to do their business somewhere they can cover their poo up. Specifically you are using a fine clay litter which cat really likes. My cat is an indoor cat but I allow her to access the garden when it is sunny outside. She use both her litter box and the garden soil.
You can gently put her in the litter box and grab her paws and show her you can dig here.
See how it goes.
:loveYour kitty is so cute!
 

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We had to transition a cat from outdoor to letterbox once. She wouldn't use the box until we put dirt in it, as that was what she was used to. Then, we slowly added litter until it was more litter than dirt, by then she was using it regularly. As Ginmary said, since she uses the mulch, I'd go with that.
In 15 years as a vet assistant, I've seen a lot of cat bites, that sure looks like one to me. If she's not spayed yet, it would be a very good idea to do that before she goes back outside. January starts breeding season, and that will draw traveling toms. Not only do you risk an unwanted litter, but likely she could get in more fights.
 

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We had to transition a cat from outdoor to letterbox once. She wouldn't use the box until we put dirt in it, as that was what she was used to. Then, we slowly added litter until it was more litter than dirt, by then she was using it regularly. As Ginmary said, since she uses the mulch, I'd go with that.
In 15 years as a vet assistant, I've seen a lot of cat bites, that sure looks like one to me. If she's not spayed yet, it would be a very good idea to do that before she goes back outside. January starts breeding season, and that will draw traveling toms. Not only do you risk an unwanted litter, but likely she could get in more fights.
We are getting her spayed very soon actually
 

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