(Closed) FI and I are getting a kitten!! Need advice! (picture included!)

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 31
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Newbee

I don’t have anything else to add that everyone else didn’t already say, but I’m just gonna put in another vote for NOT using that dusty, clumping cat litter until your baby is a little older.  I say this as someone who used to foster kittens who didn’t have moms.  They are just too little, and while they will use the litter, they also kinda ‘play’ in it a little too much, and inhale and ingest things that end up damaging their organs.  

That and I second not leaving her alone unsupervised until she’s a little bigger.  They play with absolutely everything not nailed down (and some stuff that IS nailed down), and you’d be amazed the trouble they can get into – eating things, hanging from things, getting stuck in things.  ‘Baby-proof’ everything.  

Post # 32
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Bumble bee

mightywombat:  good advice! Cats should always have dry food available because they are grazers, but I’ve never thought of that for their wet food! Ours don’t like wet food and only get it once in a while so fortunately we don’t have to deal with that. They do wake us up to play, though!

Also, here’s a picture of my babe on his first birthday playing with a toy I made him… I couldn’t resist sharing since others started!

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

Litter – Worlds Best- Its clumping and made with corn, not perfumey and im sure cats hate perfume litter.

Foods – dont use grocery store brands, its loaded with fillers.  I use Weruva wet packettes(cats in the kitchen), and for dry I use Orijen cat/kitten.   Dont over do the fish products, to much is not good. 

High litter box –  covered boxes hold in odors.  I use the” NVR miss” litter box, high sides, easy access. 

Water – Fresh bottled water, yes Im a freak like that. I even have a water fountain for my cats. 

Brushing everyother day helps eliminate hair balls. 

Bathing- Start them early and get them used to baths.  My cats behave and sit in the bathing area better than my dog does.  towel dry – summer is the best time to get started and always make sure you rinse them well. you can never rinse to much. 

My cats get a bath at least twice a year.

nail clipping – read about it and clip often esp when young, otherwise they wont tolerate it later in life. 

Never declaw. 

Never let them outside – the lifespan of an outdoor cat is wayyyy less than an indoor cat. 

I kept my cats in the “cat room” so they learned where everything was from the get go, after they were familarized with their surroundings in that room and where their box was I never had any problems and have had full run of the house day and night. 

Any questions PM me.  

Also – lots of toys, and dont forget scratching posts/scratching boards – there is a big variety out there. 

Keep any kind of threads/yarns away, they are dangerous if ingested. 

If possible, purchase a cat tree, cats love being up high. Most have scratchers built in and play areas cubicles. But expensive.

Dont over do snacks for cats, they make them fat, and who wants a fatcat? They wont miss what they never had. 

When I purchased my cats I got TWO at the same time, never regretted it, so much fun and hilarious to watch them both. 

 

 

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Aw what a sweetie!! Litter box: we have used everything, and I like the arm & hammer in the yellow box for multiple cats, even if you only have one. It’s the only one I’ve tried that actually clumps well. Tidy cats is shit. And don’t even try the lightweight stuff. 

Also, get a litter genie. Like a diaper genie, but for litter scoops. And scoop daily. That will drastically cut back on box smell. You can try a covered box, but that tends to inesify the smell since it’s in a closed area. 

Definitely give your new little muffin lots of play time. A lot kitty behavioral problems are from a lack of play. We really love love love the “GoCat Da Bird Pull Apart Rod and Bird Cat Feather Toy” from amazon. It definitely has kept our new little guy entertained, but it also kept my old cat (who I lost back in February) amused as well. Our dog even tries to play with it lol. 

For food, it’s important to feed a kitty wet food since they don’t drink a lot of water, and mainly hydrate through their food. I know you’re getting a girl, but if you have a boy cat, this can lead to urinary blockages and kidney failure, which is what happened to my old kitty. We feed our new kitty wet food (Nutro brand) twice a day, and leave a small amount of dry food (Blue Buffalo brand) out all day for him to snack on (1/3 of a cup for the whole day because he’s a 6 lb tiny man).

I also recommend checking out My Cat From Hell. Lots of good kitty info, and entertaining!

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

marylandbee:  Adorable baby 🙂 So cute. Congratulations ! I would buy Pet Fresh carpet odor eliminator if you have carpet and using just a little bit of vinegar and water in a spray bottle on wood floors just in case you have some little tinkles 🙂 We use Double Duty Arm & Hammer liter and it  works great, we also have several boxes out.  Put always in the same place. Kitten proof your house just like you’re bringing home a baby. Our furbabies are older and we still have everything like that. A small kitty condo would be nice. I was afraid to get the really tall ones because I thought they could jump and get hurt. Our condo is about 24 inches tall and our older cats loves it too. I would invest in a little cat crate at first for night time sleeping  just because little feet like to run around 🙂 We put in a baby blanket and sit a click alarm clock beside the crate. I heard it worked for puppies too. Last but not least,  a scratching post. Are you going to get another furbaby ? It may be a good time so they could grow up together. Twice the joy 🙂 hugs to Princess Rogue 🐯 

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

MrsFiveOh:  awe a cutie. Love the hat. 🐯 🐯 

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

marylandbee:  She is so cute! For litter I HIGHLY recommend Tidy Cats Small Spaces. That has worked the best for me so far as my cat is indoor too. When I first got get she was so smelly and this was the only thing that worked so I just stuck with it. My cat loves jingle balls and hair ties to play with. A stractching post is a must have or else they will scratch the furniture – try to get one with holes to platforms they can play on. You can even get a spray form of catnip to spray on it so they will use it. A nail trimmer helps too or at least know someone (at a pet store or vet) that will clip cat nails. I take her to the pet store because I’m too nervous to do it. It’s maybe like $10? Depending on where you go.

I would also start her on a grain free (or at least corn free) food. It’s generally healthier. My parents cats are on Purina which is a lower-end brand and they do ok but one does have some health issues. I knew right away it wouldn’t work for my cat. Her little tummy just can’t handle purina, it upset it too much. I use a brand called EarthBorn. 

My cat wears a collar because she can’t go outside. It’s up to you what kind you’d like to get. There are normal ones which stay on well, but if it gets caught it may hurt the cat. And there are safe cat collars that pop off when it gets pulled too hard. This is what I use, it’s safer for the cat, but at the same time it comes off super easy. I probably have to look around my house at least twice a week because she takes it off and hides it. So you tend to buy more collars this way, but safety comes first for me so I just deal with it.

Think about getting a 2nd cat. Most kittens love to play with each other and want company. And this is more of a suggestion, but I wouldn’t buy any new blankets, sheets, towels, etc for a few months. Wait until she is litter trained AND spayed. My cat went into heat on the earlier side and even though she was litter box trained, when she was in heat she tried going on my new pillow cases! I’d have Nature’s Miracle solution on hand just in case. It really helps with cat odor if you catch the spot early enough.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Oh and I second not declawing! One of the cats I grew up with we declawed because we thought he’d be indoor, but he LOVES being outside and spends most of his time out there. He still does well and brings us gifts, but I still worry about him. And it can be painful, I think they hit a nerve in his paw because he holds it up like it bothers him sometimes if it’s cold or if it’s a rough surface. I wish we didn’t declaw him.

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Red Barn Farm

marylandbee:  We got a kitten too! I recommend hiding ALL cords/chargers! They WILL get them and chew them in half! Do not get the carpet-made scratching posts… it taught our fur baby how to claw the carpet and sofa 🙁 

 

If you’re getting more than one, invest in a good litter that will deodorize. Keep the litter box someone far away from where you will be at. Despite the mess it would be, I’d keep it on carpet if possible instead of tile. I had tile and it was a huge mess cleaning it up all the time. I’m a real clean-freak though. Carpet is easier and faster to vaccum and be done! 

 

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

marylandbee:  omg it the kitty so damn cute!!! I am allergic to cats but this one is just a bundle of cute! jealous!

Post # 41
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Bumble bee

To be honest, I’ve owned cats my entire life, and the best possible advice I can give you is to adopt two. Although it seems counterintuitive, it will cut the burden on you by half. If you get only one, you’re gonna be her entire planet, and it’s going to be A LOT of work. She’ll also have a rough time if she’s left alone for long periods during the day. If you take a second, they’ll still be playful, but they’ll be less dependent on you, and you won’t have to feel bad about leaving them alone during the day, or for longer when they’re older. I cannot emphasize enough how much easier it is to have a bonded pair than a single kitten.

There’s a lot of information on this online if you want to look into it. I know that cats are unique in this regard. In general, two dogs = double the work, and two cats = half the work.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by  mangosandcats.
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Post # 42
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Bumble bee

Oh, and on the litter box — definitely get a covered one, and put it someplace that feels safe and comfortable for the cat and is also not in a high traffic area. I LOVE the scented crystal litter for odor control. You can also put a box of baking soda on top of the box, or buy one with a built in slot for this.

Post # 43
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Baking soda (sprinkled in with clumping litter) will help with the urine smell especially if you sprinkle it at the bottom of the litterbox before you fill it with litter. Also a cat tower/scratch tower in front of a window. Kong (sold at most Petsmarts) makes a scratching box with a replaceable cardboard scratching part; you and your furniture will be happy if you don’t plan on de-clawing. If you don’t plan on de-clawing, get your kitten used to getting her nails trimmed at an early age. Walmart sells very small nail clippers in the cat section and nail clipping can be done once a week or so depending on how much your kitten naturally wears down her nails. I recommend only clipping front paw nails just incase your kitten happens to get outside, she will need back claws to climb a tree or defend herself. Good luck and welcome to pet parenthood 🙂

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I would try and find a second kitten. Ours adore each other and keep each other busy, plus you feel less guilty when you are out of the house during the day. Another thing, avoid scratching posts that are carpet. We started out in an apartment with all wood floors and had some carpeted scratching posts…then we moved to a carpeted apartment and the cats thought the whole floor was theirs to scratch up/destroy. Not their fault…but it was a big oops on our part. 

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