Post # 1
So, we brought our new baby home today! He’s a 9 week old tabby kitten. We named him Stanley. 🙂
He’s been here about 5 hours and was in the car with me for an hour before that and he has not ate, drank or used his litter box at all. I’ve read this is normal and cats do this when they are adjusting to a new situation.
How long does it normally take? I’ve never had a cat before. He’s been running around, playing, jumping on us to check us out and generally being friendly and curious.
Post # 3
pics pics!!! awww. our kitten was comfy by the end of the day. If not, tomorrow you will see a difference and that he will be more comfy.
Post # 4
@zippylef: When I got my kitten it took I think 3 days for him to use the litterbox. I was freaking out and SO happy when he went.
Rest assured, this is normal.
Make sure there’s always fresh water and dry food available for him and he’ll be fine.
My kitten was a shy little thing but before long he was terrorizing me 🙂
Post # 5
I put down wet and dry food because the lady who had them was giving them wet food at night. He’s currently chowing down. 🙂
I did put him in the litter and he scratched around in it but didn’t go.
I’ll post pics as soon as I can snap a good one. He’s too quick for me!
Post # 6
When I brough my kitten home, she didn’t eat/drin/use the litterbox for about 48 hours. In fact she hid. I was terrified that somehow she had escaped my apartment. They get scared, but he’ll warm up to you.
Post # 7
You have lots of additions:)
If he is playing and now eating, he is just fine. Especially with canned food, he might not drink as much water. At 9 weeks he should use his litter box in the next hour or so. It will take a couple weeks before he is totally adjusted–he will probably miss his litter or shelter mates for a while. He also may feel shy and do more of those activities when you are asleep.
A piece of advice, start clipping his nails now so he gets used to it, also get him a scratching thing and direct him to it if he scratches anything else. De-clawing isnt a great idea and not really necessary if you start them young. We clip after cuddle time. She hates it, but “asks for it” when her nails get too long.
Also, watch him around the baby. Little kittens really like to snuggle in close, warm places like the back of your neck or the crook of your chin. He isn’t trying to suffocate the baby or any old wives tale but the baby can’t push him off her head. Also, they love to sleep in small cosy spaces like car seats, cribs, etc. you might not want his litter box feet in her stuff:)
Congrats–we can’t wait for pictures!
Post # 8
When I got my kitten it took her about a month and when I moved it took her about a week
Post # 9
our guy did exceptionally well, and only took a few days to adjust…we did find if that if you have a closed in litter box (one with the lid) it freaked our guy out…so we took the top off and hes done fine with it…id just give him a little time…and keep putting him in the litter box every little bit until hes used to it….