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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
well, today my boyfriend and i took home quite the cute little 1 and 1/2 yr old kitty todaym her name is Kovina...but what i have noticed is that i haven't seen her go to the bathroom even once all day... granted i haven't been studying her every move, but i haven't seen anything on the floors, and i checked the kitty litter box and it was empty...is this just fisrt day jitters...or is something wrong...please help...

oh, and i should also mention, when we adopted her they said she also had a case of the runs...but i have seen no signs of that either....i'm starting to get very worried, and it's too late to call and sort of professional at this hour in the morning, so any word from you experienced on-lookers would be amazing! thank you soooo much!

~Steph
post #2 of 12
For her first day, I would confine her to one room (the one with the litterbox). She is probably very nervous, and keeping her in one room will keep her from being overwhelmed. It will also make it easier for you to know whether she has pottied since if she's not going in the litter box, there is a much smaller area to look in. I wouldn't worry too much if she doesn't potty tonight, but if she hasn't gone by late tomorrow afternoon, give the vet (or emergency vet) a call to see what they think.
post #3 of 12
Neither of my girl cats used their litter boxes in the first day I had them, after bringing them home at about lunch time.

I also made sure to place them in the box so they got an idea what it was for and so that they knew how to find it.

It was only by coincidence, but may have helped, I used the exact same brand of cat litter that their previous owner used.
post #4 of 12
First of all...congratulations on your new kitty!!

I agree with the others, keep her in a seperate room for now with her litterbox. It will make things far less overwhelming for her.

I'm sure she'll use the litterbox soon, but you are being a very good meowmy to be watching her to make sure she has

Keep us updated on how things are going.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
well, we actually did confine her to the bathroom first with the door cracked open, like the people at the adoption place told us to...we had her litter box, food and water bowl in there too, and i saw her eating a bit, and drinking...but never pee.. idk...its the next day now...and when we woke up the house was normal, except a picture frame on the floor...but nothing was broken and she seemed great...she really started to warm up to us...always rubbing up against our legs and so on...but when i checked her litter box, it was empty...and again there was nothing on the floor, futon, chair...nothing anywhere... i guess i'll give it to about 1ish to call the vet... i just hope she is ok...
post #6 of 12
Cats can hold on for an amazing length of time when they're stressed or in a strange place. When I took Jaffa to my mum's house last xmas (he usually goes into a cattery but they were fully booked that time) he didn't use the litter tray for ages. Then when he finally did a wee the whole family was on tenterhooks waiting for him to do a poo! He will go in time!
post #7 of 12
congrats on your new baby!

could also be the food you have her on. if it's a change from the one she was on before it might be possible she's a little stopped up. but nothing to worry over. give her a little tablespoon full of canned tuna with her dinner and lock her in the bathroom over night. the next morning i'm sure she will have a pressy for you! be sure she has been wormed properly and is up to date with her vaccinations. also don't for get to pick up your (Advocate or Revolution flea and worm treatment). covers most of the worms and creapy crawlies! and just a drontal(maybe something different in US) worming pill from the vets.

good luck and keep us posted.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
the food we are giving her is the same she was given in the shelter, and she had no problems there... i think it might be she just wasn't drinking much...the water dish didn't look like it was touched at all today...but i just changed the water again and she seems to be drinking it more... i guess she likes her water freezing cold hehe, other than not seeing any sign of peeing, she seems healthy...frienly and active...and i tried calling around to the vet...but they weren't open...so first thing in the morning, if i still don't see anything, i'm gonna give them a call! thank you everyone for your help...i'll keep on updateing

~Steph
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Kovina_Mama View Post
the food we are giving her is the same she was given in the shelter, and she had no problems there... i think it might be she just wasn't drinking much...the water dish didn't look like it was touched at all today...but i just changed the water again and she seems to be drinking it more... i guess she likes her water freezing cold hehe, other than not seeing any sign of peeing, she seems healthy...frienly and active...and i tried calling around to the vet...but they weren't open...so first thing in the morning, if i still don't see anything, i'm gonna give them a call! thank you everyone for your help...i'll keep on updateing

~Steph

i still would try the spoonful of tuna if you can. the oils in the fish will act as a laxative much like the liquid paraphen the vet might give you if she is stopped up. it's also possible she's been eating the litter.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
we have success!!! woke up this morning, checked the litter box...and she left us a lil present! thank you everyone for your help! i really appreciate it! now the next battle is taking her to the vet on the 30th to get spade! i think all will go well...she still seems quite happy now! and VERY outgoing! thank you all again!

~Steph
post #11 of 12
Yay!!
post #12 of 12
yay she pooped!! lol

good luck on the spay shouldn't be too much to worry over.
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