Ok, I’m not a pet person at all but I love animals from a far. So of course now I have a fish and a kitten living with me. Today my neighbor gave me a kitten and I don’t know if I can live with it. Of course it’s cute but I am not used to this little bundle of ... something. It follows me around constantly which I understand is because it’s a baby and needy but it gets annoying when I almost trip over it. And it wants to climb up on me and those little claws scare the crap out of me. Oh and it peed on my bed!!! I am afraid to go to sleep for fear of what he/she’ll do to me. Anyway I know there tons of cat owners here, so any advice?
I have all weekend to go out and get cat stuff for it and I will take it to the vet I guess Monday for shots. Or should I just be smart and give it back before I get too attached? It’s curled up at my feet right now sleeping. Awww poor kitty.
It needs a Litter Box and show the Kitten where the box is and you should have no problem with it peeing on your bed. If you are an animal lover, you will fall in love with the Kitten very fast. They are adorable and you just can’t help it. They do have a tendency to climb up your legs when they are little, but they outgrow that rather quickly. In my opinion you should keep the kitten, they are a thrill to watch growing up and you never tire of them. Definitely keep an eye out for it when walking around. You don’t want to hurt the little thing. I thought I would never like a cat. I was so wrong.
Yep, I think I will try giving it back. A kitten is a lot of work, more than a baby. I do want it to have a good home though. But I am too used to being alone now to have a kitten under foot. I always talked about adopting an adult cat so I guess my friends thought they were doing me a favor. But I think choosing a pet that suits your living situation is better. I love my betta fish though.
my Betta fish died
my 3 cats are all 13+ years old
I agree, kittens are annoying, lock it in the laundry or bathroom at night with it’s litter tay, food, water and wear earplugs!
a wind up clock wrapped in a cloth in it"s bed will imitate mother’s heartbeat.
Two kittens are actually easier than one, they play with each other instead of clawing you.
I am very fond of cats, my 3 all sleep on my bed and me in a chair but kittens are over the top, fortunately they soon grow up.
if you have two, they are fun to watch play and you need not feel guilty about locking them away at night or when you are not home.
just give them lots of toys, ie paper bags, pingpong balls etc.
Well I don’t know about not being more difficult than babies, maybe more involved than babies. Babies don’t climb on everything, don’t have claws, don’t climb on your head, and they wear diapers. At this point in my life I don’t want a baby either.
The kitty is awake again and meowing. I don’t want to lock it in a room, that seems mean, but dang it I’m not used to things jumping on me. I have this stuff called boundary (that I bought to keep away the neighbors cat years ago) it stinks and he gave the bed a wide berth for a while, but still he wants to jump on the bed when I’m not looking.
How often do they sleep. I think he/she is a few weeks old. I think he still needs a mama.
He should not have been given to you if he is less than 6 weeks old. Hopefully he is at least that old.
At that age they need food little and often, and better to have the proper kitten food, as it is easier for the tiny ones to eat. Also needs milk and water available for him at all times. (preferably the milk that you buy in the petfood store, that is formulated for cats, as they do say cows milk is not good for cats, although I have never known a cat that took any harm from it.
He is going to be a bit clingy at first, as he is missing his siblings as well as his Mum, the first few days are always the worst bit about settling any new little animal down.
My latest two came from a recue place, and because one of them hadn’t been well the lady from the rescue had them indoors until they were homed with us, and she said they were locked in the bathroom at night, and came to no harm from it. In fact now they are with us they do still want to go into the bathroom to play.
As to sleeping, kittens and cats do sleep a lot. Kittens have a habit of falling asleep mid play, which can be quite funny.
The kitten climbs you because it needs re-assurance, just hold it. Potty trainning, start feeding on a schedule and 90 minutes to 2 hours start placing the kitten in the litter, it will get the message! Don’t feed before bed, also, you can lock in a bathroom with the litter at night but once it knows where it is to go, it will go. Play with it, get a feather on a stick; this bonds you and the cat but it also wears it out so it will sleep. Other note, keep food and litter away from each other…not in same room.
Young animals are a lot of work and that is why I only adopt resuce animals (dogs really) after they are one year old. They tend to have at least some potty training by then and are past a lot of their puppy/kitten issues.
To each his own of course, I’m single and have no one to help me with my pets so I can’t be available every 90 minutes to take care of them.
Also make sure the litter box is appropriately sized. If it’s difficult for the little kitten to get into and out of you’re more likely to have a difficult time training them. Just put him in the box and take one of his little paws and gently, GENTLY, make little digging motions (up, forward, down to litter, back towards body) and he’ll get the idea real quick.
Kittens generally figure out litter boxes very quickly—cats naturally prefer to bury their waste. You can try the wind-up clock in a towel, and there are also small heating pads made for cats that help comfort them, but kittens tend to be very social and yours will want to sit with (on) you when possible.
As odd as it sounds, two kittens are less work than one. If you want to keep the kitten but can’t handle having to keep it amused all the time, get a second kitten of about the same age and gender. The two of them will amuse one another (and you), and will be able to keep each other company. They won’t be kittens forever… but even adult cats often get lonely if they’re solo.
This poor kitty. I did the put him in closed room thing, but my apartment is open so I heard him crying the whole time. I did get a little sleep though. Soon as I let him loose he was all over my feet and legs rubbing against them. I felt so bad but I needed some rest. Plus I’m supposed to go out tonight which I don’t think I can do and leave him here alone. I still don’t think he likes the litter they gave me or maybe the dish I’ve put it in.
Since I’m supposed to be working as a phone rep from home I really can’t have a kitten in the background crying. It really is bad timing to have a kitten. :-(