(Closed) My FI found a kitten

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

omg! cute!!

dawn will work just fine… just ease her into the bath process. if you introduce her to water slowly, she may just like getting baths… try to isolate her to one area until friday though. you do NOT want a flea infestation in your house (we recently adopted a cat and had to combat this issue). you can also buy a flea comb and comb her out a few times a day. that should help too.

what are you calling her??

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Not sure about the flea problem, but I found a cat over the winter and the vet was able to pinpoint an age.

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I just love watching kittens play. I’m so jealous right now!

Just for comparison, here’s my cat (from my parents house) when she was 9 weeks.

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Since she just noticed her claws get a scratching board (Walmart sells basic ones for $5-6) and show her how to use it by scratching her claws on it a few times.  Since I gave my kitten a scratching board early and replaced it often (every 2-3 months) I really didn’t have a problem with him clawing up other things in the house.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

Yes, bath with Dawn for sure, and you can use a flea comb (pretty cheap to buy at the pet store) to comb her a couple of times a day for a few days until you get all the visible fleas off her. If you keep a cup of water with a drop of dishwashing liquid (to break the surface tension) next to you while you’re combing her, you can quickly dunk any fleas you find into the cup and they’ll drown. It’s gross but it works. The kitten’s head around the ears, neck and chest are usually favorite flea hang out spots. (Oops, see you posted again and have a flea comb. Yay!)

Is she eating enough? If you have a kitchen scale you can put a shoe box or a bowl on it, zero it out, and weigh her, then you can weigh her again once every day or two days. If her weight goes up, you know she’s eating enough. Little kittens should be gaining weight steadily, about an ounce every 2-3 days is good. But if she’s active and playful that’s the best sign that she’s doing well!

If she can climb up onto your bed, she’s probably 5-6 weeks old anyway. Is she using a litter box reliably? If so, that would point to her being at least 5-6 weeks old as well. I’m sure the vet will be able to make a pretty accurate guess about her age, plus in a year it won’t matter. Thank you so much for taking her in and taking care of her! She’s adorable. I love tortoiseshells. At the shelter where I volunteer, we say that torties have “tortitude” (like “attitude,” they tend to be a bit diva-ish in fun and entertaining ways.)

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

No additional advice but torties are the BEST!  I have one myself 🙂

 

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@hotchildinthecity:  So beautiful!  DH and I have 2 torties at our house 🙂

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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@Lyndzo:  SQUEEEEEE!  I volunteer at an animal shelter, and you rarely see them!  They are certainly not very common.  We adopted mine when she was a mom (all her kittens got adopted) but the shelter said none of her kittens were torties either! 

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

ahhh im dying from all of the cuteness. i want to cuddle with all of them right now!

Post # 31
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@hotchildinthecity:  Torties are so loveable!  Ours were rescued from outside by a shelter, who had an adoption day at Petsmart and we fell in love with them. They are mom and daughter 7 months apart.

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