(Closed) Advice/Tips for owning a kitten

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 46
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stephaniee24 :  I also second the cat fountain! We had to get one because our cat stopped drinking water for some reason. She’s back normal now. 🙂

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stephaniee24 :  I start with one at a time (and try to remember where I left off) because my cat is a squirmer. I find the back paws are easier to start with.  After awhile we will both be like the lady at the vet who chopped all my cats nails in less than a minute with no hesitation!! I strive for that. LOL. No need to worry you can start off with just the tips and work your way up! 🙂

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stephaniee24 :  I think you’ve gotten great advice. I’m excited for you!! We rescued a 4 week old kitten in September (found her abandoned by a busy intersection poor thing 😢). As PP have mentioned cats are really low maintenance. The vet bills can be a bit much in the beginning as there’s a few vet apts that need to happen between 8-16 weeks. 3 visits for shots and boosters and then spaying/neutering which our doc advised to do it at 6 months so we will be doing that this winter!

As for food, our doc recommended trying different textures so your kitty doesn’t become picky. She also recommended the brand science hill. Also said it’s important to use kitten food and not food meant for adults. We do kibble for breakfast and lunch and wet food for dinner (alternating different textures). 

I will reiterate that if you can take two I would! I grew up with several cats and it’s so nice to see them bond together (and so cute omg my cats would literally spoon, so precious!) Kittens are also SUPER playful and crazy and if she has a companion it’ll be easier on you because she will be able to take her kitty aggression out on her siblings and not your hands!! Speaking of hands- as tempting as it is, don’t use your hands as toys! It’ll be reinforcing the behavior and when they get older with sharper teeth and nails it’ll really hurt. We read about putting oven mittens on and letting them attack your hands that way is good because then they don’t associate the behavior with your hand. It’s also important to play games where she can “catch prey” so she can satisfy her hunting needs and to let her win every once and a while so she doesn’t become frustrated. The dollar tree has great toys for this, bird on a string attached to a wand etc. 

if you have any questions let me know! Raising a little baby right now it’s definitely all very fresh in my head! Can’t wait to see pics!!

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Helper bee

Not sure if I missed it but how old are they?

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stephaniee24 :  ahh so cute! Also forgot to mention- they generally don’t recommend clumping litter before 4 months because younger than that they’re pretty crazy and sometimes try and eat their litter (which would then clump inside them!!). Around 4 months they’ll start to learn their litter isn’t food. 

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stephaniee24 :  I would recommend clumping litter. I don’t have a specific brand, that will be trial and error. Also sticking one of those little scent disks (like for your car) to the inside of the litter box can help control the smell, but make sure it’s not a strong smell that will make the kitty not want to use it. And yes the mat is outside the litter box lol.

I can’t wait to see pictures!!

Post # 56
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2 kittens are better than 1: they keep each other company and have someone to play with. 

 

Warning: they get into EVERYTHING. If you leave it out or open, it’s fair game.

As far as food: whatever you want to feed them but do some research. My cats have been on science diet since they could eat solid food and they are 14+ Years old and still fit and act like kittens. 

Cats will quickly learn to use the litter box but you might have to get 2: if you have two cats, sometimes they won’t use the same one. But then it might not be a problem, wait and see. To keep your house from smelling like cat poo, use good litter and litter box deodorizer (arm and hammer). Make sure it’s cleaned everyday for a good smelling house and cat and heathy kitties.

kitties are self cleaning unless they get something pontentially dangerous on themselves that they shouldn’t lick off. 

 

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sweatergal007 :  a cat fountain was a the best thing I ever bought for the fur babies! 

 

And weirdly its kinda relaxing…..

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meliboo :  I know!! I’m so glad we got the fountain! 😀

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