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    Hi everyone :-) I adopted a beautiful Birman car from my friend who is going through a divorce. He is 15 months old and has been living with us for over 24 hours. He has settled in nicely, seeing affection, playing with my sons and eating. He has not used the litter yet! I set it up in the laundry and have kept him quite confined so he will few comfortable using it. He slept in the laundry last night and I have limited access to the rest of the house today. I keep showing him where it is by putting him in the litter. He will sit in there and have a scratch around but then hop off. I am fairly confident that he hasn't gone to the toilet anywhere else. I have a tiled house and I have rolled up all rugs and mats and I have done a pretty good search around for any accidents. Is it normal for them to hold this long? Is there anything else I can do to encourage him to go?

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    My cat was like this too, we had to change litter type. Are you using the same stuff your friend did? In our case I'd bought crystals but the lady we adopted him off used the Aldi stuff so we got that and he went straight away!

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    My cat pees down the drain hole of the bathroom. Could he have done that?
    I agree though, as your friend what litter she used.
    You may have to swap to that for a while and then you gradually mix the two together decreasing the one you don't want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubintummy View Post
    My cat was like this too, we had to change litter type. Are you using the same stuff your friend did? In our case I'd bought crystals but the lady we adopted him off used the Aldi stuff so we got that and he went straight away!
    Lol this is exactly like us. I bought crystals and discovered tonight that she was using Aldi stuff. I will get some in the morning. Thanks

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    Our cat used crystals for years but all of a sudden started peeing beside the litter box, we swapped to granule type clumping litter and he's never pee'd outside the box again

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsboyts View Post
    Lol this is exactly like us. I bought crystals and discovered tonight that she was using Aldi stuff. I will get some in the morning. Thanks
    Too funny, hope it fixes the problem! Have read something about it having bad stuff in it but really, it's for my cat to do his toilet stuff in and it's cheap. We like it and have used it ever since!

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    Default Cat not using the litter

    Ask your friend what litter they used, it could be that but it could also just be the stress of a new home. I wouldn't keep him confined in the same room as his litter box, would you want to sleep and poop in the same place? Also make sure the box is some place 'safe,' i.e. not a lot of foot traffic, noise, etc.

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    Thanks everyone for your replies ☺️ I was rushing around to get ready to go and get some Aldi litter he actually used it this morning. He has used it a few times since then. Hopefully he has worked it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsboyts View Post
    Thanks everyone for your replies ☺️ I was rushing around to get ready to go and get some Aldi litter he actually used it this morning. He has used it a few times since then. Hopefully he has worked it out.
    It's probably just the stress of all the new things in his life. Cats will often seem fine or like they are coping with something well but issues with going to the bathroom (i.e. Not going or going in the wrong spot) is a way they often show they're unsettled about something. 'My cat from h3ll' (over here it's on Animal Planet, not sure in OZ) is a great show to get a bit of insight into their behavior, obviously it's very extreme examples of cats being awful but I usually end up taking a few helpful tips away☺️.

    Hopefully he will take to the crystals as I've found that they are the only litter that genuinely keeps the 'cat litter' smell away so people don't walk in your house and know you have a cat instantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    It's probably just the stress of all the new things in his life. Cats will often seem fine or like they are coping with something well but issues with going to the bathroom (i.e. Not going or going in the wrong spot) is a way they often show they're unsettled about something. 'My cat from h3ll' (over here it's on Animal Planet, not sure in OZ) is a great show to get a bit of insight into their behavior, obviously it's very extreme examples of cats being awful but I usually end up taking a few helpful tips away☺️.

    Hopefully he will take to the crystals as I've found that they are the only litter that genuinely keeps the 'cat litter' smell away so people don't walk in your house and know you have a cat instantly.
    That show is awesome. Love Jackson Galaxy lol.

    Cats are weird. Have you tried a few different litter trays in different areas?

    The cat might like hiding somewhere. Or the dark.

    It will take a while for the cat to adjust.


 

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