Help..? New Cat in the House Not Eliminating
I'm new to this forum AND a new first time cat owner. We met this wonderful 5 year old orange tabby in the shelter yesterday and decided to adopt him as our new family. We have a big house, but to avoid the possibility of developing allergies that we do not yet have, we've decided to keep all the rooms off-limits.
We brought the new kitty, Kuhla, back home this afternoon, and he's been doing pretty good I think. He wasn't shy at all. Once we opened the box the SPCA had him in to for his transportation to our home, he went to pretty much every corner of the house exploring. It took him less than half an hour to get comfortable enough to ask for petting, and about an hour or so until he started eating, although he likes to do it when we are petting him. Within 5-6 hours, he was grooming most of his body parts.
However, it's been 8 hours and he still has not eliminated yet. we used the type of litter the shelter was using, hoping that it would help him with the transition. The litter box is in the bathroom that is very close to the family room, and where most of the actions are, although we are a quiet family. Initially, we had the litter box lined with a plastic bag. After a couple of hours without him using the litter box, I thought maybe he doesn't like the bag, so I took that out. Initially, I also had about 1.5 inch of litter in the box, and now I've kind of moved it so that parts of it has less litter, and the other part has more, just in case he has a preference between the two.
He has got in our bathroom a couple of times, and to my knowledge, he did poke around smelling the litter box. But every time we try to put him in the box, he jumps right out. Instead, he looks more interested in the toilet bowl. So we let him have some access, but it seems like he only wants to drink from the toilet (we do have a water fountain for him, which he does drink from).
I'm not sure if I'm just going all paranoid or what. But I'm concerned that he might be stress because of the move and didn't want to eliminate in the litter box. Or am I just over concerned and this is normal???