Why the kitten does not go to the toilet?
Often, almost immediately after the appearance of the baby in the house, the owners are faced with the fact that the kitten eats and plays, but does not go to the toilet. Let’s understand the reasons for this behavior.
Kitten younger than 3-4 weeks
Up to 3 weeks of age, kittens are not capable of self-urination and defecation – the cat-mother stimulates these functions by licking the kitten’s genital area. Such a problem often occurs with selected kittens left for any reason without a mother. In this case, the problem is solved quite simply: after each feeding, it is necessary to massage the area of the anus and genitals of the kitten with a cotton disc moistened with warm water for 20-30 seconds so that the kitten can go to the toilet. This, of course, is not the most pleasant procedure, but vital for very young kittens.
Sharp change of one diet to another can lead to indigestion in a kitten – this can be expressed either by diarrhea or constipation. Therefore, in the first week after the acquisition, it is desirable to feed the pet in the same way as the breeder did. Good breeders usually pay a lot of attention to this issue and often give new owners a supply of feed for several days. Often, the owners try to feed the kitten with home-made food, but it ends up eating only boiled or even raw meat and boiled eggs, and such a diet does not only meet the nutritional needs of the kitten’s growing body, but also leads to constipation.
In some cases, even very young kittens can experience a strong infection with helminths – the intestines of an animal in the literal sense of the word are clogged with worms. Usually such kittens have a big, swollen belly. Older kittens can swallow foreign objects while playing (for example, strings or New Year’s rain), which can also cause a lack of bowel movement due to intestinal obstruction. Usually this condition is accompanied by a general deterioration of health, refusal of food, vomiting.
Insufficient training to the tray
Usually, kittens change their home at the age of 2-3 months, and, despite the fact that the kitten in the breeder’s house confidently used the tray, the stress caused by the change of furniture, or even the choice of an inappropriate place for the toilet, can provoke an unwillingness to use the new tray, because its use is finally formed only by 6 months.
Therefore, for the first time, it is worthwhile to limit the movement of the kitten to one room in the house and regularly, after each meal, place the pet in the tray. Naturally, the tray should fit in size so that the kitten can climb into it on its own; it is also better to use the already familiar filler. If the kitten uses the tray only for urination, then you need to carefully watch him: perhaps for the rest he uses the space under the bed or under the bath. The tray should be in a rather secluded place, but such that the kitten can find it on its own. In addition, the tray must be stable and clean: cats do not like to use a dirty tray. It is not recommended to install it near the place of sleep and feeding, as well as in the “walk-through” areas of the apartment.
If the kitten has no chair for more than 2 days, then it is worth showing it to the veterinarian, especially if there are other symptoms of the disease, such as lethargy, loss of appetite or vomiting….