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  • #847074
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    I lost my 3 year old because I couldn’t get vet care for anaphylaxis. I’m in mourning but? Want to get back to parenting and will be getting a new bundle of joy soon. I adopted Omri at a year so I missed the baby phase. Some of the things I read scared me about new kittens and home alone. I know feeding and litter box and only go out for workouts, hour and a half, shopping, 3 hrs because I walk and there’s no bus at that hour, and basically that’s it. I don’t want to risk his life (getting another boy) when I’m out and while it does put me at some ease that he’ll sleep after he eats as per cat behavior? Omri would graze and now I’ll have to schedule two feeding times. I sleep during the day am awake overnight into the morning. Can those of you long time parents please give me advice and tell me whether or not I have to be scared of him climbing onto the window sill while I’m gone or going into cabinets where he might endanger himself? Nothing sharp and I live in an efficiency, so no bedroom.

    #847077
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    Hi Randi,
    Hopefully other TDKers will have also have advice for you. I leave my Dorry kit at home, similar schedule to yours as I freelance, gym, run errands, appts and I also walk. I feed Dorry 2x day, canned/dry, leaving dry food out if not finished when I leave. I’ve basically kitty-proofed the place. He does OK. And you might want to ask vet for detailed advice on adjusting a new kitty’s feeding schedule at the outset, exactly how much to feed, ideas as on where to place food, I place wet food in kitchen area, dry across LR, just to make eating a bit more “distracting/exciting” for him.
    I hope that when the time is right you do get back into the world of being a kitty purrent. Please ask any related questions and let us know how it’s going. KJ.

    #847085
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    Hi Randi,

    Welcome to TDKland! Concats on being adopted again. If he’s less than 10-12 weeks, I would make him a comfy nest in his carrier so you can put him in there while you’re gone. Do leave his nest/carrier open all the time so he can stay in there when he wants and that won’t make seem like a jail. 🙂

    Once you’re sure the home is kitty proofed and he’s 18-20 weeks old then you can start leaving him alone when you’re gone. Of course, you will let him out and about when you’re home. Watch what he does and you’ll discover what appeals to his sense of adventure. Here’s a link on how to kitty proof your home:

    http://cats.about.com/cs/kittencare/ht/kittenproof.htm

    Remember-You’re a good meowmy so don’t panic.

    PG

    #847147
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    Update. I just came back with Yuri. Mom is snowshoe/ragdoll but it seems to me that dad is black Siamese. Half the litter black the other half ragdoll white not snowshoe white. Mom has stark snowshoe appearance but? Shaggy ragdoll hair. It would seem that Siamese bloodline overrides ragdoll but? The girl that took me there has allergies as I do and? I cuddled my baby and didn’t sneeze or wheeze and she pet mom and wheezed in the car. It’s a blessing to have a child back and the apt is no longer a chasmic void. She gave me the carrier she brought her cat to live in this state with and I put an extra rug in there for Yuri. Not fine with car ride. Cried. Just hungry. Ate but didn’t drink. Litter box is toooooo big for him so the girl brought me something more shallow for him to use. I showed him it. Oh mommy, I know. Was the response. Now I don’t have to be scared to go for not or shopping next Wed. Hell be safe in his carrier with the air on. I need to get a carrier of my own. This one’s on loan. Shots? Hopefully next month. Worms? I read about them and think that he’s fine. The three dogs in that house won’t as much affect him or didn’t and I don’t think it goes through moms bloodstream to kittens but not sure. I know what to look for and from what I read on the internet? A lot of scare mongering when it comes to indoor cats? One other thing or two actually. I mix wet and dry on the same plate. Sorta same ingredients but isn’t that a boost of nutrients? And? Spay and neuter. I thought 6 months. Why do some internet writings say earlier?

    #847171
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    Has anyone else experienced kitten sleeping on the stove? What about gas? Is that a normal part of weaning?

    #847211
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    I havent received an answer to the previous question but I’m hoping to get one for this one. Yuri eats one can of food a day spread out. He can’t eat any more but eats what he can at a sitting four hour intervals. I’ve read that he needs 22 % protein and have varied types: tuna and egg, meat, salmon and meat, and some others but while I’m giving him what he will eat as far as how much? I’m afraid he won’t meet all his nutrition requirements. There is no kitten food available so I’m giving him Friskies. It’s the best there is. People claim these new products are better but I don’t think experimenting with ingredients for cats like peas and cranberries is a good idea. He’s 2 months old. Can anyone tell me if hell get what he needs the way I’m feeding him? He tries to eat the dry but his little mouth? They’re bigger pieces than him so it’s harder but he does try.

    #847220
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    Most kittens get worms from their mother. It’s not a bad idea to get them to the vet for a check up and get dewormed. Most places will spay and neuter when the kitten weighs 2 pounds as they come into heat early (some earlier than 6 months) and it’s better to get them spayed before they get pregnant. What you are feeding your kitten will meet his nutrition requirements. Make sure he has plenty of fresh water to drink too.
    http://feline-nutrition.org/

    #847224
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    Hi Randi,

    It’s not a good idea to feed kits hoomin food. Friskies is fine and has all the nutrients and isn’t expensive so break it down so he can eat it. You should get him a dewormer and tested for Giardia now. Worms and Giardia (one-celled organisms) found in the small intestines of cats create many problems for kits. Gas is a side effect of a new environment, food and family.

    It’s not a good idea to let wee Yuri sleep on the stove.

    #847261
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    I’ll repost what I replied and wasn’t printed by email. I appreciate you both answering my question. Omri was a yr when I got him. Missed kitten stage. I’m miffed that we can’t get kitten dry but mollified that friskies will be fine. We have to wait for kitten dry til next Wed shopping. I was so distraught about Omris death on Mon that I got wet and not dry knowing I was gonna get a new kitten and he needed food and I already had here? Just add to. I miss Omri buy Yuri helps fill the void. Can’t get vet care for another month but he’s not exposed to outside or strangers so should be okay. I only use the burners on the stove so he was in no danger that once when the stove was cold. I think waiting to spay for six months is better because it’s an operation and scary. I want him to be old enough for it. I am glad the adult wet and kitten dry will be fine together. I’m against all dry because it’s sorta like bread and water, or all wet; not complete cause wet lacks carbs.

    #847321
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    I have a question about food. We didn’t get dry so that’s gonna hafta wait til Wed. Scary but it’s only 3 days more or so and he’s gnawing on the small pieces of adult dry. He drinks water some and is eating pretty good. But? Problems with both pee and poo. A nipple full of ACV with 50% water works but not like with Omri where it stimulated peeing. Should I be concerned? As for food? My question. I’m giving him mostly meat, and some chicken. One is salmon and beef the other friends meaty bits. All wet is friskies with little exception til next week when I’ll bar anything but friskies wet and Purina dry but? What proportion of his food should be meat? Am I giving him too much? What part chicken and what fish? He’s only two months old and I don’t wanna screw up. I’m erring on the side of caution with the amt of meat. Too much? Also? I read that Vaseline cures constipation as does mineral oil but I don’t know if environmental factors play a part in this too. He’s only been home 5 days. He may need time. That house had three dogs, one was huge, and? They had momma cat and kittens outside. Horrible! I apologized to him but he’s obviously shaken.

    #847327
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    You ask about meat. Well, meat is protein and it’s ok to give him some people food but doesn’t have all the nutrients wee Yuri needs. Wet food is primarily protein and water and provides him with protein, nutrients and water and is great for kittens/cats. Dry food that’s wet is OK but do not leave out for long because it will spoil. Did I miss something what is ACV?
    DO NOT give him vaseline or mineral oil! You can put a drop or two of Olive oil in his milk to help ease constipation.

    Here’s a link on Spay/neuter for cats:
    https://www.friendsofanimals.org/programs/spaying-neutering/dont-delay-neuter-or-spay

    #847359
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    You may not have read the latest Pussigato, vets say to use Vaseline. I know. I thought: what? But it definitely works and they like the taste. Mineral oil is suggested as is? Stuff like metamucil which I would NEVER give him or any cat. There are things put on the internet to scare and confuse you and you must use your judgement, logic and a vets guidance if you have one which we don’t yet. Rice sucks taurine. It’s in some wet food though. I think all Siamese have pee and poo problems. ACV is? Apple cider vinegar! Your cats best friend. The organic stuff is caro but store brand will do just fine if you don’t have the money and never use straight. Needs to be a 50/50 mixture. He was crying in the litter box and as soon as I started him on a course of that? No more pain. Omri had the same problem. Now back to my original ?. Wet food? I’m giving him meat, chicken, tuna and egg and whitefish a d Turkey. I just wanna be sure he’s not getting too much meat. I’ve read that’s not a good thing. Well have dry by next Wed. I combine wet and dry. I don’t think it’s safe to give just wet or just dry and he’s growing so he definitely needs the carbs but not dry alone.

    #847361
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    I’m not going to argue about Vaseline. Yes, cats may eat it but it is a petroleum based product and therefore, IMHO, not safe.

    #847618
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    New problem. I bought dry and he barely touches it. I also bought goat milk which he drinks. I’m diluting it, didn’t with most of the first bottle but? The dry gives him stuff wet adult food doesn’t and there’s no access to kitten wet at all. I’m scared he won’t get what he needs with the bottle, the wet and gnawing on a little dry. Will he still get all his nutrient needs met? And is his being a bit rambunctious at times normal for a 2 month old?

    #847630
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    Take the dry food and wet it with a little goat’s milk, it will soak up the moisture and make it easier for him to chew. If you would check out the link I posted several days ago above, it will answer ALL of your questions relating to feline nutrition.

    #847668
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    Thanks for your response Kiityzee. Yes. I do need a little mothering myself and thank you. I looked at what this web site has as far as food advice. I’m not any less scared since I missed all of kitten good with Omri. It’s kinda like a new mom with a baby and kinda not. I’m still worried about taurine and what’s really enough. Nobody told me to mix the goat milk with water and it was too much for him straight. Couldn’t eat. Upset stomach. Easy fix but Omri lost 5 pounds in his last two days of life because he couldn’t eat so I’m shaken by that and still in mourning nearly two weeks on. I wish I’d gotten more of a chance with Omri. ???? On the up side I get that with Yuri and? He’s also a hermaohrodite! Welcome surprise. It seems someone doesn’t want the locals to destroy the breed. So males, a lot of them, are hermaphrodite. His mom was Siamese ragdoll which is a cruel mix. Turns the white dusty and the sleekness of the coat is gone. Daddy is full blooded black Siamese. But the problem still is? Am I meeting all his nutrient requirements with adult wet, goat milk and any kitten dry he will eat?

    #847716
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    I have a problem with Yuri I hadn’t gotten to mention yet. He’s afraid to drink his water. He puts his paw in it but is afraid to drink it. Sometimes if I put the water up on the counter and pick him up hell drink. The goats milk has water but he really wants to drink from his bowl and eat from his plate of dry but can’t. He eats dry on the couch which gives him a little carb but the plates at Walmart are too busy, if you know what I mean. He’s not a child he’s a cat. Eats wet from the white plate fine but not the same for dry. Does anyone know how to get him over the fear of the water bowl?

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