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My new kitten hasn't went potty

post #1 of 17
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We just picked up our baby kitten yesterday. And the breeder assured us she was litter trained, but since she has been with us (24 hours+) she hasn't went potty. She has eaten some and drank quite a bit of water, so she should have to go. I'm starting to get concerned. We keep placing her in the litterbox but she won't go. And she hasn't went on the floor. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 17
I don't know for sure, but it could just be stress due to the move.
post #3 of 17
Is she eating and drinking? How old is she?
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
I was told she was 8-9 weeks old. However she seems very small for being that age. She has eaten about one whole can (3 ounces) of Iams Kitten formula canned cat food and drank quite a bit of water all in the last 24 hours. Except for not going potty she seems to be doing just fine.
post #5 of 17
I would honestly then start checking to see where she may have been going. If she truly has not peed or poo'd in 24 hours with 3oz. of food in and drinking, she needs a vet exam! I might feel silly saying this, but at the least, after she eats next time, within 20 minutes try locking her in the bathroom with the litter box, she should need to go.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
We have actually been holding her, with the exception of putting her in the litterbox and eating. And we have watched her when she is in the litterbox and eating. But she has not peed or poo'd. And her belly is starting to get quite larger than it was when we picked her up yesterday.
post #7 of 17
i would stop holding her for awhile. Put her in a small room with her food and water and litter pan and see if she uses the litterpan. If she doesn't go soon, I would call a vet.

What breed is she?
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by 3angels
We have actually been holding her, with the exception of putting her in the litterbox and eating. And we have watched her when she is in the litterbox and eating. But she has not peed or poo'd. And her belly is starting to get quite larger than it was when we picked her up yesterday.
I would call the local emergency vet clinic, truly. If they feel it isn't an emergency they will tell you so. Please keep us updated?

The only thing to try, that won't hurt, would be to use a warm water moistend cotton ball and try to gently stimulate her to go. Just brush this across the appropriate area to stimulate her to pee, and then use a clean new moistened one on her rectum to see if she'll poo.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Sphynx! Should I limit her food till she starts going? Thank you for your help!
post #10 of 17
Never stop her food or water!! Kittens esp can die if they are deprived of food - their liver cannot cope with it. It is in all liklihood stress. When I brought YY home (my Siamese - tho she was 12 weeks which is the legal requirement here, your baby was given to you way too young which makes me querstion the breeders -), she did not go potty for a whole nihght - maybe 20 plus hrs. She also threw up (1 of 2 times in her life) and I knew it was stress. She did eat eventually and use the litter box after I put her little paws in the litter box and showed her where it was. But it was maybe 7 hrs after that. It is not uncommon esp if the kitten had to travel to get to you.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by 3angels
Sphynx! Should I limit her food till she starts going? Thank you for your help!
No.
post #12 of 17
When we first got seth-chan she didn't go for the first 24-36 hours. just keep showing the kitty where to go and she will eventually go!
post #13 of 17
When we first got Hannah, it took her awhile to use the box. I put her in a large dog cage with food, bed, and box. I used an old 9"x13" cake pan with just a little bit of litter in it. When she went, I opened her cage and she had free roam of the room. When I moved her to a bigger litterbox and put the litter in, she wouldn't use it! She needed LESS litter! So, try putting just a little bit of litter in there (like 1/2" deep or so) and see if that doesn't work. If she still hasn't gone, then you might call the breeder and find out what kind of litter they were using. She just might not like the change in litter.

Stephanie
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
She finally went potty last night. We called the 24 hour vet office and they said if she was not cowering or trying to hide like she was in pain give her more time. So we put her in the bathroom with her food, water, litterbox and her bed for the night and then this morning we seen she had went several times throughout the night. Thank you all for for your advice and support.
post #15 of 17
That's good to hear!
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by 3angels
She finally went potty last night. We called the 24 hour vet office and they said if she was not cowering or trying to hide like she was in pain give her more time. So we put her in the bathroom with her food, water, litterbox and her bed for the night and then this morning we seen she had went several times throughout the night. Thank you all for for your advice and support.
Yay!
post #17 of 17
yay! you should throw a party!
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