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        12-22-2009, 03:16 PM
    Need New Kitten Tips!

    I have recently adopted an 8 week old Kitten for my boyfriend as a christmas present (i'll be picking him up tomorrow afternoon ) We will be taking him to the vet but probably not until a week after christmas when everything calms down. I've never had a kitten so young and neither has John! So was just hoping for some advice on how to get him set up, food, litter box etc. until we get him to the vet! Thanks <3
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        12-22-2009, 04:09 PM
    I guess I am not exactly sure what the question is.

    I will avoid climbing up on my soap box about buying pets as holiday gifts.

    Buy a litter box appropriately sized for your kitten and whatever type of litter you plan to use. Put the litter box in a place that is easily accessible for your kitten. Show it to the kitten. Buy Kitten appropriate high quality food. Have water available at all times.

    Did I cover everything?
        12-22-2009, 04:40 PM
    I would get some canned kitten food (tuna works well also) and dry kitten food as well. Some kittens are picky. My bf would love a kitten, but he wants to pick one out himself.

    I volunteer at a cat rescue at a local petsmart. We take in alot of kittens, mostly in the summer. There was an outbreak of ring worm in my area, something to watch out for. The kittens we have really like company, we try not to keep them alone. I've seen some kittens with weird problems, maybe because most were born as strays. So I would take him to the vet ASAP.
        12-23-2009, 07:58 AM
    Hang a towel or something over the top of every door in the house - kittens can be very easily killed or seriously injured by a door slamming on them (seen this in an animal shelter, people would bring in half dead kittens that they "found" )

    Make sure everyone takes off their outdoor shoes in the house - same again seen kittens with broken legs from people standing on them

    Put the litter tray inside a lidless cardboard box, or put newspaper under it, kitties will kick that stuff everywhere!

    Don't "rub his nose in it" if he wees or poos somewhere - it encourages them to go there again!

    Get him a scratch toy so he learns to scratch that and not furniture (but be prepared to have your furniture torn to shreds anyways! )

    Remember you no longer own your house or anything in it: everything is the cat's - your bed, your chair, your cushions, your blankets ...

    Post pics of kitteh for us all to see!!!
        12-29-2009, 11:52 PM
    So how is the new kitty adjusting?

    With kittens you want to make sure to keep them in a single room for up to two weeks, as they NEED to learn where their kitty box is; the more confused he gets, the more accidents he may have. So keep him in a smaller space, so he can learn exactly where it is.

    He needs to be on a kitten food, or a good all stages type food; I fed brands like Felidae, Solid Gold, and Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul. Feed him free choice on the hard kibble; if they are fed free choice from a young age, they rarely over eat, and get obese.

    Cats don't often drink enough water on their own, so to keep hairballs, especially, at bay, feed a canned food atleast once a day, or every other day; it doesn't have to be a huge feeding, just enough to help keep him hydrated, and hairballs to more of a minimum. You can also get a hairball control 'supplement' at any good pet store, and all you do is put a bit on his paw once a week.

    Make sure he has enough scratch toys, and cat trees to keep him from scritching up your furniture; I NEVER declawed my cats, and always had 'well trained' felines; you just have to make sure there is enough 'kitty safe' furniture for him to focus on, and 'lace' those with catnip weekly. A good rule of thumb is atleast one scratch post PER room in your home. They don't all have to be expensive ones, just ones that will give him something to scratch on.

    Interact with him on a daily basis, especially at night before you go to bed; get a laser pointer (always a cat favorite), and wear him out shortly before you are getting ready for bed. Because he is the only cat, you will want to keep him entertained, as he won't have anyone else to play with.
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