I adopted a ~2 month old kitten, need to know basics.


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  • #44980
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    Miguel
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    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. :D

    #661599
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    Skyron
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    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.

    #661600
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    Miguel
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    Ok thanks.

    #661601
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    GreatDane
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    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!

    #661602
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    Miguel
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    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..

    #661603
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    GreatDane
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    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.

    #661604
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    CheetahBoysmommy
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    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.

    #661605
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    ladysky61
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    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.

    #661606
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    Miguel
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    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?

    #661607
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    GreatDane
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    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?

    #661608
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    Miguel
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    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?

    #661609
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    ecbrown
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    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.

    #661610
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    Miguel
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    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.

    #661611
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    Miguel
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    Here is the link to Luna’s catster page

    http://www.catster.com/cats/1187441

    #661612
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    Mojo
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    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.

    #661613
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    Miguel
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    Ohh nice save, I am using clumping litter but thanks to you im going to go to petsmart and ask if they have clay litter? Wow I would never have thought of it getting clumped up in her stomach or eyes. Thank you for the usefull advice Mojo.

    #661614
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    Miguel
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    Im glad Luna has finally come out of hiding, shes been hiding under dressers, couch and my bed all day but tonight she has come out and went to her resting place where she is now sleeping(hope untill i wake up for school).

    Anyone have any tips for me since I have to go to school at 5 am and I have to leave her alone untill 2pm. My mom will check on her a couple of times but she has no clue(literally) of how to deal with cats. I know to leave her litter box in reach, and places where she can sleep in warmth but I feel like im forgetting something.

    By the way you guys have beautiful cats, they are gorgeous. :]

    #661615
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    GreatDane
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    It’s best to leave Luna in one room with her litter box and some toys and a comfortable place to sleep, while you’re at school. Kittens can and will get into lots of trouble so you want to make sure she’s in a safe room while you’re away. Make site there are no wires she can chew, no chemicals,foods, medicines etc that she can get to. And no strings she could swallow. No plastic bags that could get wrapped atound her neck and choke her. Try to leave her some toys to play with. Did you get her toys? Kittens will play with almost anything. If she doesn’t have toys yet, try taking some tin foil and roll it into a ball for her (the size of a golf ball so she can’t swallow it). Kittens sleep a lot and she’ll spend most of the time sleeping whilebyoure in school, but leave the ball with her to bat around and play with to keep her entertained.

    #661616
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    GreatDane
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    And by the way, I looked at her catster page – your Luna is adorable!!

    #661617
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    Miguel
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    Hey greatdane, my brother baught her two toys, a lazer pointer and a stick that has a sort of string and feather at the end of it. But I will make that ball you said I think Luna would have fun with it. You have some very good ideas i can use thank you, oh and I think ive gotten Luna to take over my bed by accident haha, she now ditches her little bed and just stares at me waiting for me to carry her. Who could resist any kittens stare?!?!

    #661618
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    GreatDane
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    It’s impossible to resist a kitten :)

    The good thing about the ball is that she can play with it by herself while you’re away. The laser pointer and feather stick are great toys for the two of you to play with together and bond over. Let us know how little Luna did on her first day home alone!

    #661619
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    ecbrown
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    Luna is such a cutie!

    #661620
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    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    She is a cutie….

    #661621
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    Jeankit
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    Warm welcome to TDK Miguel and your little cutie patootie Luna!

    #661622
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    Buttercup
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    Luna is adorable,welcome to TDK!!

    #661623
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    Miguel
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    Thanks guys. When I got home Luna was napping and woke up as soon as she heard me, then she started to meow and scratch at my feet. Luna left me 2 treats in the litter box and she had almost eaten all the food i left her. I let her out of my room and into the living room where her and my sister’s dog played around, and now the dog is scared of Luna instead of the other way around. Right now Luna is sleeping.

    #661624
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    GreatDane
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    Sounds like Luna did very well on her first day by herself! I bet playing with the dog wore her out :)

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