Hello and kitten question
I just adopted a 4 month old sweet, medium hair calico kitten from the Humane Society on Friday afternoon. I am so happy. We named her Mopsy. Our last cat died just over 9 years ago and we had two crazy dogs and never thought it fair to introduce a new cat to them. The dogs had sadly died now and so we got a kitten. Anyway, I have some concerns.
The kitten is very affectionate and sweet. She barely eats, although I assume that might just be her trying to adjust. I have her on wet food which is what she had at the shelter and what I intend to keep feeding her. She seems to like it but eats very little. She did eat breakfast better this morning. Yesterday she managed almost one small can..according to the can she should have had 3 for her weight (3 lbs). She did eat half a can at breakfast this morning.. maybe she is settling in.
Biggest problem: she is not using the litter box. I have scoured my house and she has not pooped since she has been here. I keep her in the laundry room with her food, bed and litter box when I leave the house and she hasn't gone in there. She pees in the bath tub. I have cleaned the tubs (she has peed in 2) thoroughly, doused in Nature's miracle and left half an inch of water in the bottom of the tub thinking that would put her off (not enough to drown in just enough to get her paws wet)(she hasn't peed in them since but that was just this morning). I am trying to keep the bathroom doors closed but with three young children that's wishful thinking.
She has an open litter box, I put "cat attract" litter in there. It's clean...never been used. In the laundry room which is quiet, right off the kitchen and private, but close enough to where we are. It's not near her food...on other side of room.
When I leave the house I put her in the laundry room. She doesn't seem crazy about that idea but don't want her to have whole run of house with chance to make mistakes everywhere.
I am going to take her to the vet but they can't see her until tomorrow. She is on doxycycline for a URI. I've heard a few sneezes but not much.
Any advice for me? I have been taking her to the litter box and gently putting her in it several times a day, but she jumps right out and shakes her head at me like I have offended her.
This will sound callous, but I don't want a cat who is going to have litter box issues her whole life. I've never had experience with this before...all my other kitties used their boxes unless there was a serious problem (usually something I had done not them). This is a sweet kitten but there are lots more who are probably going to be euthanised...is this problem fixable? Why the tub? I have tried everything I can think of but need advice. I really like this little girl..unbelievably tolerant with my children...but don't know what to do to help her learn this.