hey. i havent posted in a while because i an currently in college and didnt have my computer hooked up at home over the summer. i posted a few times last year with questions regarding my pomeranian puppy. anyway-i have been considering getting a kitten but am clueless on how to care for one. and i know that it is very important to know these things before going to the animal shelter and "just falling in love with the cute kitten i find." i have only had dogs in my life but would really like a kitten. i guess all im asking is for any advice on how to raise kittens and anything else i should know to get myself educated before adopting one. i appreciate any advice you can give me. thanks
Hmmm... To me, kitties aren't as hard as puppies, because they are so much more independant.. You want lots of toys... and maybe a laser pointer, because those are just sooo fun with a kitten... and I suggest spaying or neutering as soon as it's safe to avoid the spraying thing. Nothing smells worse than cat pee. From my experience, there is nothing to training them to use the litter box, just show it to them and since it's just the kind of area cats like to use, they tend to go in there right away. I can't think of much else now.
A kitten will be a little less work They need a litter box or two. I would recomend 2 just in case. There are all kinds of litter, regular litter doesn't last as long as clumping. Clumping should be cleaned daily, it will last a bit longer. So make sure you get a scoop with your litter pans. I also buy a box of arm & hammer (I think) deodorant powder for in the litter. Keep a box in the bathroom or the basement (do you have one?) We keep 4 pans and we have 3 cats, We recently got a new kitten so I will be out soon to get a new pan. Don't keep the box in high traffic areas, and not close the washing machine. I buy a large tub of clumping litter and when the tub is empty I use it for the waste, cause it has a lid. I would buy dry food.But some people like to feed wet as well. These guys have some kibble in their bowls all the time. Because cats like to come and go from their food bowls, they don't get possesive over their food like dogs. But I used to have a cat that would growl at the other cats when he had a mouse in his mouth.
Alot of fresh water, kittens will drink more then an adult. I have several cat beds available for them to snooze in. OMG, so many cat toys, everywhere, today I bought a cat tunnel, sort of like an agility tunnel for dogs except its smaller. Of course they need to be examined by a vet and Vaccination/worming. You may want to invest in some cat nail trimmers. Some cats are happy to be on their own, but some are constantly looking for your attention. And of course they may sleep all day, aND keep you awake all night attacking your feet. And I always remind people to handle their kittens, so they get used to it. A cat carrier would be useful, I leave mine out all the time, so they are used to being in it and won't just associate it with going to the vets. My last purchase I hope soon is a cat tree, very expensive, but so cool.... Did I miss anything?
***Edited By: sue on 8/25/2005 3:06:08 PM*** Reason: rwgn
Kittens are not very hard at all if you know what you are doing and sometimes easier than puppies.Unless (which I don't think that you do) you want to train your cat like dog tricks then that's alot harder! Anyways you will need a litter box obviously which is not hard to teach your cat to use at all, what I do with my kittens is get a small hand towel wet with warm water and after your cat has had a drink or something to eat or if he/she just woke up place it in the litter pan and wipe it's behind with the wet towel because this is how thier mother would get them to use the toilet when they were younger. This has ALWAYS worked for me and it's never taken anything else! I highly encourage you to get this cat fixed as soon as it's old enough because there are so many kittens that need homes and if your female goes into "heat" she will meow by your door all day and basically annoy you out the wazoo!And your male will start to spray which is one of sickest smells and difficult to clean.If you have a dog it will probably eat this cats food if you leave it where the dog can get to so either keep it somewhere the cat can only get to or feed them both at the same time far apart and then put the food up.This may cause a problem though if your cat likes to eat small bits at a time instead of mealtimes but it usually works if you feed them 2-3 times a day. Always leave enough fresh water out, and it isnt going to hurt if they end up drinking each others water as long as they both have enough. If it is a long-hair cat then brush it daily or as often as you need to but I have never had long-hair cats so I don't really have to brush mine because cats keep themselves very clean if they were taught properly by thier mothers.A sratching post is a very good investment to save you from having to replace couches/chairs/doors and anything else they would use to keep thier claws trimmed.My cats use the scratching posts often enough that I do not have to clip thier nails so this has never been an issue.You may need to clip them though if her claws cannot retract all the way in.Kittens WILL nip at you when they are little it's only how they play and theres not much you can do to stop them but they are so cute that you can't even get mad!If it's a major issue then look it in the eye and say no firmly then stop playing how you were and use a toy it can bite. Mice or feathers on a string or stick that you can run around with (cats absolutely LOVE these kind of toys!) are good ones , and don't play with it with your hands or else it wont know why it's getting in trouble.So when you play use toys not hands and it should work out alright. Catnip plants and toys are also a favorite of my pets but it's optional for you.Cats are not very expensive to care for and you can find them for free or very cheap, but you can't put a price on the love of a kitten you care for! Vet's are not very expensize when it comes to cats you may need to buy ear mite,flea,tick,multiple worm medications but these are not very much and other than that some places will spay/neuter your cat for very low prices or even free!When you give your cat table treats be very careful don't give it milk as this will upset your kittens stomach and it may get the runs :P.If you give it meats make sure obviously they are cooked and give them very little because even the slightest bit to much and you might be up all might cleaning messes.Cats CANNOT taste sweets so if they like your vanilla ice cream they only eat it on a natural instinct to accumulate the fats in it.If you have a strictly indoor cat you can get him/her de-clawed at your local vets office but if your cat ever goes outdoors this is not a good idea because he/she will depend on those for defense and climbing.I would not try and give your cat a bath yourself unless you have always done it and it is trained to behave, because aside from giving him a good scare you will have many cuts and probably not get him very clean in the painful process.Most all cats clean themselves well and may never need a bath but if you decide to, take it to groomer who will probably give you a medication to make it drowsy while they clean him but is harmless! Ok omg this is a long reply and your probably dead asleep by now but I just wanted to tell you everything that I can think of about cats!