18 July, 2008 at 4:00 pm #251745
You’ve already gotten plenty of good advice!
Cat grass is probably a good idea – provided that you keep it near his food & water. If you catch him chewing on the houseplants, a stern “No,” followed by picking him up and setting him down by the cat grass, and petting him, is good. If you catch him chewing the cat grass, tell him what a good boy he is and pet him a lot!
(I have a cat that races up and uses the scratching post whenever I’m walking by… because she knows I’ll pet her if she does!)
Please make sure you play with him with toys, not your hands. Teasing him with your hands gets out of control quickly, especially when he gets older (and claws get sharper, and bites get stronger). If he takes a swipe at your hand, tell him “No” and distract him by tossing a toy across the room.
A favorite cat toy is a crumpled up sheet of paper; just wad it up into a ball.
To get your kitten adjusted to his new name, use it when you put down food, when you pet him, when you give him a treat. He will come to associate his name with all of those good things – and will be responsive when he hears it. Of the two names, Java or Bean, I think a cat will respond to Bean better; it has a ‘harder,’ more definite sound to start the name. Besides, Bean can easily become Beaner, Beanie, BeanBoy, BeanButt…
If he likes being picked up and cuddled, do it. A lot! He’ll become a cuddlemonster. Handle his front paws frequently, and also occasionally his back paws. Touch him all over, when he’s feeling calm or sleepy (not when he’s all revved up to play). He will come to trust you implicitly. Never swat at him, if you can at all avoid it; that will just teach him to be afraid of your hands.
Welcome to TDK!18 July, 2008 at 4:02 pm #251746
Welcome theanimechick!18 July, 2008 at 4:03 pm #251747
I’m betting he’s just sleeping at home, BTW. He’ll be happy to see you when you get home! He sounds like a real talker.
He may cry some if you shut him out of the bedroom, but only at first. From personal experience, and absent any serious allergies, I’ve found my life goes much better if I let the cats sleep in the bedroom.
He wants company; up until now, he’s undoubtedly been around other cats. So he’ll want a lot of interaction with you, to make up for not having any littermates.18 July, 2008 at 4:08 pm #251748
Your good to be cautious, but cats won’t usually eat plants unless their tummy is upset. She will play with it though, so I would put it up too.
Love the name ‘Java-Bean’, I’d use both together.
Welcome to TDK
(((((animalchick))))))18 July, 2008 at 4:19 pm #251749
You know he isn’t at home crying he is at home sleeping so he can play with you all night! By the way the links for plants are great! Thank you for them! I have a plant I had no idea was toxic. This is that learn as you go part. It has been removed to the great outdoors for the time being.18 July, 2008 at 4:26 pm #251750
Welcome, animechick, I love the name Java Bean (I used to have a kitty named Mocha Dot, but that was some years ago).
Good luck raising your new baby!18 July, 2008 at 4:28 pm #251751
Welcome TAC! We use abbreviations alot.
Thanks for the link on the plants ! Chloe never bothered anything… Mili is a different story. I had no idea that pothos were poisonous!! I have 3 three of them in my house, and Mili used to chew on the leaves. I never saw her do so… just the evidence left behind – munched leaves. She seems to have stopped on her own.
Ann… thanks for the info on the cat grass. I will get it from time to time for Mili, and had been putting on the floor under one of the plants she chewed most often – hoping she prefer the cat grass. Seems to have worked… but I’ll know differently should I have another cat that likes houseplants. Mili LOVES cat grass. Chloe – not so much. HA !18 July, 2008 at 4:28 pm #251752
Thank you all for the wonderful advice!
anncetera2, it never really crossed my mind not to swat at a kitty because he’ll become scared of your hands. Thanks for that advice! He was putting his front paws on the toilet rim last night and I sternly tapped him on the head (not very hard though) and I didn’t think twice about it.18 July, 2008 at 4:36 pm #251753
TAC, you may find his interest in the toilet an asset, not a liability! Have you given any thought to toilet-training him? (You’d save a small fortune in cat litter, over his lifetime!)18 July, 2008 at 4:37 pm #251754
Hands are always for food and affection, nothing else. A sudden, loud noise is usually enough to startle a cat or kitten into stopping whatever they’re doing.18 July, 2008 at 4:56 pm #251755
How sanitary is toilet training a cat?18 July, 2008 at 5:22 pm #251756
No less sanitary than having your cat lick your hand, I imagine, or you scooping the litterbox. (Cats lick themselves all over, regardless of their location for elimination.) If your cat doesn’t go outside, the one transmittable disease shouldn’t be a problem (toxoplasmosis), since cats pick it up from eating wild animals (like rabbits).
A pretty thorough guide on toilet training is at:
Please also check out the frequently asked questions section; there’s a lot of information to be found there.18 July, 2008 at 5:24 pm #251757
Very helpful! Thank you! Potty training seems like a pretty good idea especially if the only transmittable disease is something I won’t even need to worry about.18 July, 2008 at 5:43 pm #251758
Welcome TAC! You have found that there are a lot of experience cat lovers on this site. I look forward to seeing some pictures of your kitten. video is fun when he is playing too.18 July, 2008 at 7:44 pm #251759
Welcome to TDK theanimechick!! Your kitty boy sounds beautiful and sweet,congratulations and your new furrbaby.
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