Post # 1
I just got a little kitten off the street yesterday. She’s adorable. Gave her a bath and got all the dirt and fleas off her and taking her to the vet today buuuut I’m starting to get really anxious that having her as well as my dog is going to be too much (dog wants to love her though)
Does anyone have experience with kittens? Are they a lot of work or do they just kind of hang out? Starting to stress….
ETA: Gahh sorry I would have sworn I put this under Not Wedding Related. Mods??
Post # 3
Other than basic vet care, cats are fairly self sufficient. They need food and water, and also you have to decide on indoors and out doors. They don’t need basic obedience, daily walks, & bathroom breaks like dogs, so they are much more manigable.
You do need to remember that they are still animals. Cats have claws, teeth, fur and they do make mistakes as they are learning to live in a human world! Be patient and love on it 🙂 If it doesn’t work out for you for whatever reason, try to re-home through family & friends or a local no-kill shelter or rescue.
Post # 5
Omg so cute! I think it will be ok, especially since your dog is friendly towards her. Just make sure she’s healthy, food and ware and teach her where the kitty box is. Your dog will have a buddy then and they can play together. How sweet of you to take her in!
Post # 6
omg, he is so cute. i just want to snuggle and kiss him. i love kittens. i had a cat for 18 years. like pp said, they are very self sufficient.
what did you name him??
Post # 7
We are naming her Willow (I live/found her on Willoughby Ave :-p)
She used her litterbox last night (WTF how does she know to do that?) and we have an appointment with the vet in an hour 🙂
Post # 8
@loving_life: omgosh I wanna eat her!! SHE IS SO CUTE:))
Post # 9
Letting your cat live outdoors halves their life span and also decimates the local bird population – it’s really bad for the environment. So, let your adorable kitten curl up inside and give them lots of love, food, and water, and it should be ok :-). Kittens take a little bit of training – making sure they know not to scratch furniture, door frames, etc and litter training. Once you are past that stage, though, cats are very self sufficient!
Post # 10
I mean, I grew up with pet cats and I don’t remember having to do much other than food/water but I’m just wondering how much my mom was doing behind the scenes!
She’s definitely staying indoors. I live in Los Angeles/Hollywood so I don’t want her getting loose (or going back to her street kitty friends… aww…)
Post # 11
@TurtleDoves: i wanted to say that too but didn’t know if i should.
@loving_life: i love the name willow.
Post # 12
Awwwwe so adorable! I had a black cat named Jasper when I was a kid. He was so smart. He would jump up on the furniture and unlock the front door to let me in when I got home from school. I miss him so much 🙁
Post # 13
@Broken Biscuit: Holy crap! that’s crazy!
Fingers crossed that the vet visit today isn’t obscenely expensive…
Post # 14
She is so cute! Cats are naturally raised to know how to use a litterbox, who knows how! Just keep her in her own room for a bit until she gets used to being around a big dog and supervise them for a while to make sure the dog isn’t too rough.
Post # 15
Found out she has parasites, Giardia. It’s supposedly pretty hard to get rid of and very easy to get re-infected. also worried for my dog. Gahh! Stressful!
Post # 16
Hi Willow! She’s adorable 🙂
I have two cats, one of which we got as a kitten. He was kind of a handful when he was little, mainly because he wanted to play with our (much) older cat and she wasn’t having it. Once he found some toys and things he could play with on his own, he was much better. If your dog is up for playing now, you should be good.
Cats are really self sufficient and the “kitten stage” only lasts for a year or less. Then, they pretty much sleep all day. Good luck! Let us know what the vet says.