7 May, 2011 at 10:58 pm #44980
Well my mom just got me a 2 month old kitten and i’ve fed it solid food(kitty food) and gave it water, i’ve only had it for about 8 hours & it hasnt pooped yet. Im afraid its going to poop on my bed, so I would like to know how regurlarly it should be pooping and other stuff like how much to feed it, and the basics of caring for a new kitten.7 May, 2011 at 11:08 pm #661599
Hi miguel! I dont have time to write you a proper answer right now. I’m sure someone else will be along soon who can be more specific. I’ve added a tag for you called ‘new kitten’ – top right corner of the screen. It will direct you to previous threads that have also been tagged with anything related to caring for a new kitten.7 May, 2011 at 11:09 pm #661600
Ok thanks.7 May, 2011 at 11:10 pm #661601
Hi Miguel. An 8 week old kitten should know to use a litter box. Did you set up a litter box for the kitten. Take the kitten to the litter box and put him in it so he knows where it is when he needs to use it.
For food, you need to make sure what you feed it is kitten food and not adult cat food. A kitten needs the extra nutrition in kitten food to grow and develop into a healthy cat. You can read on the bag/can how much of the food is recommended for a kitten his age and weight.
Good luck!7 May, 2011 at 11:23 pm #661602
No I havent put a litter box yet because my brother works at a Petsmart and he is going to bring me one later on today. I went and bought her kitten food(made sure it was for kittens) and gave her a little of the can, she basically ate it all in less than 1 min. so i gave her a bit more. Then I moved her to her to my bed where she went to sleep next to a bunch of pillows and hasnt woken up since unless someone makes a loud noise..7 May, 2011 at 11:32 pm #661603
She’s had an exciting day, getting a new home and all. A nap is good – kittens nap a lot. Make sure to show her the litter box when you get it set up so she knows where to go.8 May, 2011 at 12:29 am #661604
At 2 months old she probably knows how to use the litter box, as long as she knows where it is and it isn’t too high to climb into. Litter boxes should be in a quiet place and well away from her food and water. If she’s going to have free run of the house it’s probably a good idea to make sure she has two boxes, especially if it is a two-story house.
If she does make a boo-boo ask your brother to bring you some enzyme cleaner so you can get completely rid of the smell. Even when we can no longer smell something, kitty will still be able to and will tend to go back to the same place again.
If you can find out what kind of litter she was using, it would be best to keep using that one. You can change it to what you want her to use by adding a little bit more of the new litter everyday.
Not all cats like the same stuff so it may take some experimenting to find the one she likes. Very few cats like scented litter. What smells mild to use is usually overpowering to the kitten’s more sensitive nose.8 May, 2011 at 4:46 am #661605
Ask your brother to get you a simple cardboard or rope scratching post and some cat toys. A Laser pointer is good. I would recommend you confine her to your room until she’s more comfortable and reliably using the litter box. Eventually you’ll also need a cat brush and cat nail clippers. Also, remove anything that you don’t want her to get at to top shelves or in drawers. Especially breakables, medicine, flowers, and electrical cords. Make sure mirrors and lamps won’t topple over (we had to put our standing lamp in the closet when we had a kitten). Cover holes that she could get into. Be careful not to roll over if you have a rolling desk chair or crush your kitten if you have a recliner and/or other moveable furniture.
Arrange for a visit to the vet in the next few days.
Usually we feed our cats twice a day.8 May, 2011 at 5:16 am #661606
Wow guys, thank you for the good advice, I have a litter box now and i’ve put her in there 3 times. I use a laser pointer but all she does is follow it with her head,I think shes still getting use to her new home, oh and did I mention we have a chihuahua(10 months). Shes kind of scared of the dog while the dog just wants to play and be friends. It would be hard to cover all the places she can get into as we have a lot of dressers and beds with space under them. She just used the litter box and then kinda tasted it… I put her on my bed and she started to drag her butt, shes a funny little kitty. Is it normal that she hasnt drank any water yet? shes eaten 2 or 3 times(man does cat food smell)and hasnt drank water. Well now im going to try and find out what breed my cat is. I know im kind of all over the place, maybe it’s the excitement?8 May, 2011 at 5:40 pm #661607
It’s always very exciting with a new kitten in the house
Are you feeding her wet food or dry food? The wet food will help keep her hydrated. A lot of cats don’t drink much eater so wet food is a good way to keep them hydrated.
How was her first night?8 May, 2011 at 9:08 pm #661608
Hey, I feed her wet food(science diet). Her first night here she spent it sleeping and eating, she woke me up at 5am meowing and then went back to sleep. Ive been playing with her and a string she reallys seems to enjoy like she wants to kill it, im trying to keep her awake during the day. I have decided to name her Luna which is spanish for moon, since we have a dog named Lluvia(rain) haha it makes more sense in spanish. Luna’s an American short hair, i’ll try to take pictures but can you explain to me how put them on my profile?8 May, 2011 at 9:29 pm #661609
Welcome to TDK, Miguel and congratulations on your new kitten. I’ve seen you have gotten so much good advice here, so I haven’t had anything to add until now. You may already know this, but be sure to put the string away when you are done playing with the kitten. It can be very dangerous if they swallow it. My kitties love string games too. I just keep it in a drawer they can’t get into when we are done. (I started to be even more careful about it when I found a little in one of their poop once….yikes!) We’d love to see photos when you get the chance.9 May, 2011 at 12:08 am #661610
I put Luna as my avatar( hope you can see it ok), now I am trying to get catster and put up some pictures of her silly self.9 May, 2011 at 12:20 am #6616119 May, 2011 at 12:29 am #661612
Miguel, most people don’t know this, and I didn’t when I got my first kitten: you should use clay litter, NOT clumping litter. Clumping litter is hazardous to kittens as it will cause intestinal blockages if swallowed. It will also get into their eyes and plug up their nose. I think you said she ate some litter? If so, and if it was clumping litter, that’s a bad sign. Also, it is very important to clean the litterbox daily. My info is taken from a foster parent manual I was given from the cat rescue organization I work for.
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