Post # 1
So, I’ve finally convinced my DH to get a kitty cat! I haven’t had a cat since I was a kid myself, so I’m trying to remember how to raise a kitten! I’m super excited about it, but the thing is…. we have a dog. And I’m nervous about them getting along. I really want them to be able to play together. Normally, I would get an adult cat, but I have a feeling my dog would accept a kitten better than an adult. I’m planning on getting one from a local shelter. Has anyone introduced a kitten to a dog they already have? Any tips?
Also, I have bought these items for future kitty cat:
Food (Nature’s Miracle, I believe)
Hard Sided carrier with a door in the top
Kong rubber curry brush
Shallow stainless steel food dish
Scratch toy with ball
Shweat Scoop Litter
My DH is also planning on making our own cat tree/scratcher this weekend. We’ll see how that goes! Lol.
We are planning on introducing them VERY slowly. We have a separate bedroom that we have cleaned up to put the kitten in while we are getting them used to each other. Is there anything I should watch out for as far as kitten-proofing? Or litter training?
Is there anything I should know/do/get before we bring home this little ball of fur?
“Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur… Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr.” I had to!
Also, we are going to name the kitty some form of Peanut Butter, because our dog’s name is Jelly, Ha! 🙂
Post # 3
Awww, I can’t wait to see pictures! Dogs tend to be receptive to kittens and protective. Your kitten may be scared at first, but kittens warm up to dogs alot more than adult cats.
Your list is fine, you’ll have everything you need. Just remember to be patient because kittens can be a handful! I adopted one (and her mother who’s only 7 months older) 3 months ago and the little one is still a handful. But it’s worth it 🙂
Post # 4
I suggest getting one of those cardboard scratchers that they sell at the pet store (it’s a rectangle that sits on the floor and they climb on top of it and scratch at it). They’re super cheap and kitties LOVE them. I’ve found that different cats like different kinds of scratchers – some like the carpet-like ones, some like the rope ones, but my last cat would only use the cardboard ones. We adopted a kitten about 6 months ago and got him a soft pillowy cat bed and stuck some smaller stuffed animals in there for him to cuddle with so that he didn’t miss his brothers & sisters (kittens tend to sleep in a big pile while they’re still with their litter). He still LOVES the bed and sleeps in it all the time. Good luck with your kitten. Remember that it takes them a while to outgrow bad behaviors. We’re just now getting past some of the annoying stuff. Just have patience!!
Post # 5
A water bottle for misting… when he’s bad! Sort of teaches him not to scratch your sofa when you spray him immediately! Soon all he’ll need to see if the bottle and he won’t do it!
Post # 6
Prepare yoourself for crap on the carpet.
Your kitten will be freaked out by the new house, smells, sounds and maybe dog, so there will be accidents and there will be teething problems with using the litter tray.
So stash up on bicarb, vinegar, spray bottles and rubber gloves.
Oh, and patience patience patience.
These things can’t be rushed.
Post # 7
awe… My kitten loves to play ‘fetch’ with balls- (yes, like a dog!)- and we go though a lot of little ball things and fabric mouseys. Also any toy on a stick (He will bring it to me early in the morning wanting to play so I hid it though!) Also We have his food in the kitchen so we have a little placemat for him so cleanup is easier. Also after a few months of a dirty stinky bathroom we opted to get a covered litter box with a door and the bathroom has been less skinky and the floor stays a little cleaner!
Post # 8
If you can find a cheap one, get a baby gate. You can keep pup on one side and kitten on the other so they can get used to each others’ smells and see each other without getting too riled up. You can also feed them both right next to the baby gate so they associate yummy treats with seeing the other animals– positive reinforcement!
Post # 9
I used to foster kittens/cats and whenever I would get a new one, I would take it out of the carrier and immediately put it in the litter box. Then let it wander from there. That way they orient themselves from that point and, hopefully, they know where it is later.
Also on the litter box note…. cats are creatures of habit, so it is best not to move their litter, food and water too much but try to put them where you plan to keep them. Though if you don’t want the dog to eat the cat food, you might want to place it higher up somewhere.
Congratulations on your new fur-ball! 🙂
Post # 10
I had no advice for cat training, but as far as it getting along with a dog, our kittens got along with our dog just fine. They didn’t even need to be eased together. Our dog is old, though still pretty excitable, but she was super calm around the kittens. They liked to jump and climb on her and she would just lay there until they were on her back (then she would stand up and they’d freak out and run away). They kind of took to her like a mother, lol. They even sleep in the same bed at the moment.
Post # 11
ahh! I love kittens! We adopted our two boys when they were 8 weeks and now they’re 2.5. Definitely put them in the litter box. Some kitties catch on quicker than others (one of mine didn’t get it for awhile and now he has to have a box without a top because he’ll pee in other dark places otherwise. we bought a ton of toys for them when we first got them, but they really prefer bags, twisty ties, bottle caps, and strings to anything we bought. Also, get lots of sticky lint rollers because you’re about to be inundated with cat fur!
Post # 12
I think the food is maybe a different brand than Nature’s Miracle? Nature’s Miracle is an enzyme cleaner for when they decide to use your floor as a bathroom instead of the kitty box. Oh, and, well, I would recommend SoftClaws if you’re concerned about the scratching thing, but kitten may or may not take to them. Our adult cat was fine, but our younger cat (7 months at the time) didn’t care for them, picked them off. But, he’s getting more used to them now. You should post pictures once you get the kitty!
Post # 13
I wouldn’t worry about the kitten pooping in the house. They are very quick to learn where their litter box is and most come home litter box trained.
Also, depending on the cat they may not shed at all. Mine don’t shed one bit, haven’t seen an ounce of fur anywhere in the house. I’ve had cats my whole life, so if you have any questions just PM me 🙂
One thing I can recommend if you want to spoil the kitty is buying them a cat tree. I got one for mine and it’s the best purchase I ever made. They play on it, scratch on the scratching post parts and sit on it looking out the window. Here’s a picture of mine when we first got it:
Post # 14
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I would, like a PP said, stock up on some kind of a enzyme cleaner/odor remover just in case! One of our cats peed on our bed awhile ago, for no freakin’ reason, and it took me forever to track down some Nature’s Miracle to save the mattress. Granted I’m in the middle of nowhere, but it’s good to be prepared for kitty accidents so they don’t come back and do the same thing again.
Post # 15
@MaggieGirl: Yes, I want to get one of the cardboard scratchers, they look like a lot of fun to tear up! 🙂 The cat tree we are building is going to have carpet and sisal rope on it, so hopefully the kitten will have plenty of things to destroy and not our furniture! Also, thanks for the idea about the bed with the little stuffed animals. I never thought about that.
@bookworm88: I plan on trying to feed them next to eachother with the door closed and open with some kind of barrier. I think I might try to look for a baby gate on craigslist and see if I can find one that’s cheap. Thank you!
@H216scrf: I plan on having the litter box start off in the seperate bedroom and moving it after I can trust my dog with the kitten when I’m not there. If I move it, do I just have to show the kitten where the new box is? Or do I have to like, inch it day by day down the hall to the bathroom? lol.
@pinkandsparkly: My cats when I was growing up LOVED to bat around the plastic band from the gallon milk jugs, lol.
@colli459: Haha, you’re right! Not Nature’s Miracle (although, I do plan on getting some of that too!). It’s called Nature’s Balance. I couldn’t remember the name off the top of my head.
@Lyndzo: Your cat tree is awesome! DH and I plan on making our own this weekend, but it probably won’t be as fancy as yours. Just a simple 2 or 3 level one, high enough to look out the window and to get out of reach of our dog.
@msdragon: I definitely plan on getting some Nature’s Miracle for accidents! I know how stubborn cat pee can be, yuck!
Thank you everyone for your great advice! Any other tidbits on making the transition between cat and dog is appreciated!
Post # 16
You can definitely just move the litterbox– just have her watch you or pick her up and show her the new place. If you’re extra worried, just throw a small pan where the old litterbox used to be, that way she can use that if she gets confused.
My FI is allergic to animals (though we still have a cat at my place and a lab at his!) but when he comes to visit, I have to kick my cat out of the bedroom. His litterbox usually goes in my bathroom (attached to the bedroom) but I have to move it to the laundry room once a month when FI comes down to visit (LDR). He’s never missed a beat!
I definitely recommend having a 2nd cheapo litter pan (one of the plastic ones that are a few dollars at WalMart). It’s definitely good to have just in case the normal one breaks or you have to take it outside to hose it down for a while or something crazy happens.