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    I found some kittens left behind in a box at a park yesterday, we decide to keep one (the others went to an awesome Foster kitty mom that I know). our guess is that he is about 8 weeks old, he didn’t eat any wet food, or dry, I gave him formula this morning in a syringe as he wouldn’t take to the bottle and he did well with that, but I can’t get him to go potty. I put him in his litter box and he seemed scared , stayed in for a bit then walked out to hide. I put him back in a couple of times but nothing. we have been giving him lots of cuddles and letting him sleep. I gave him a warm bath and tried the potty again with stimulation and nothing. I fed him again and still no potty. Perhaps I am expecting to see a lot of pee? this may be a dumb question but maybe I just haven’t noticed that he has peed? I am starting to get a bit concerned. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as this is our first kitten!



    Hi Desiree,

    Thanks for picking up that box of kits. For sure, they wouldn’t have survived on their own.

    I know this is a lot of information. Kitten 101 should help you, your family and wee guy kit to live happily ever after.

    You little guy is scared. Who knows how much if any food he’s eaten. Prepare a small room or space that will be his for the first few days. When he has a smaller area to explore he will get comfortable more easily.

    Have all the supplies available and ready, such as water and food bowls, kitten food, a litter box, a scratching post, safe toys, a bed and a breakaway collar with a bell. Use a non-clumping, unscented litter. Kittens will taste anything, even litter, and this can create a serious intestinal blockage.
    After a veterinarian has checked your kitten and you bring him home then, put the carrier in the prepared room. Open the carrier door, but let your kitten come out when he’s ready. After your kitten comes out, leave the carrier in the corner as another hiding place.
    Make a nest in a secure location. I recommend using a soft squishy toy and a sweatshirt that you’ve worn so he will get use to your smell. Wee kits usually snuggle up to the toy. It will give him comfort and extra warmth.
    At this point, you need to make sure that your kitten stays safe and has enough privacy to eat, sleep and use the litter box. Each day, scoop out the litter box and provide fresh food and water. Keep his bed, litter box and food/water dishes in the same place so he knows where to find them. Be sure to secure all electrical and blind cords because they can cause harm to him.
    Your kitten may hide at first, but he will explore when no one is watching, becoming more comfortable with his new home. This can take a few hours or a few days. A good thing is to spend time in the room with him. While in there, you can talk to him, read to him and just be there for him. Please, please don’t force him to be held. You don’t know if he’s been through any trauma.
    When he is comfortable in his room and develops a regular routine of eating, drinking and using the litter box, you can let him venture out into the rest of your house. If you look at it from his point of view, this is a huge house with giant people so have patience. When he comes out, watch out for the wee furball underfoot. You don’t want to step on him.

    He may not pee or poop after every feeding. He should do both within two or three days.

    Here’s a link that may answer more questions.

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