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My cat is normal overall, but usually I get up in the morning and there's something to clean. There was nothing.

Yesterday I got him a new litter box with new silica litter. Up until this point, he was mainly using clay. I have tested silica with him before and he did use it. He's not usually picky about this type of stuff, but maybe he is? He's eating and drinking and acting normal. I poured back some of the new litter into the bag it came from and poured a majority of old litter on top to see if that will work.

How long can he go on without using the bathroom even when he's eating and drinking? Is he throwing a tantrum?

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    Generally you should have one box per cat plus a spare, mostly for other reasons, but it would also help here so you could change one box but leave the other until the cat adapts—or until you give up. – StephenS Oct 20 '20 at 21:35
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    Seconding having one litter box with the original stuff and one with new; additionally, did you transition the litter, or just do a fast change? Many cats do better with a slower transition, especially if the textures are particularly different. – Allison C Oct 20 '20 at 21:36
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    There is an old joke. Someone supposedly cleaned the litter box of his friend's cat for a week straight as soon as the cat does his business. After a week, the owner is of course very worried, the man put his own feces on the litter box, making the owner think that cat held it for a week before he takes a massive dump :) TL;DR: Check with your flatmates :) – C.Koca Oct 21 '20 at 13:26
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    I took your advice started to slowly transition him by adding a lot more of the old on top of the new. About a day or two later he decided it was time to go to the bathroom so thank God! Thanks guys! I'm thinking about buying another litterbox just in case for situations like this. – Lou Osman Oct 21 '20 at 22:33

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