We noticed a kitten with the most beautiful blue eyes, hiding under a car. My husband & I started talking it her and leaving milk and cat food, which in an hour would be gone. After several days of doing this, I borrowed a humane trap from animal control and within 6 hours, we had her.
Took her to the vet and they are exstimating that she's 12 wks old, she's healthy and that it's a siemeze/tabby kitten.
The vet tech has a lot of experiences with ferrels and the kitten was very calm in her arms. Great sign!
She's been with us for several weeks now and she's slowly making progress. Everyday, I see progress with her. A few days after I got her, she was purring, she has let me hold her and feed her, he licks my fingers, she'll snuggle in my arms for a long time. The only frustration is that she flees. As soon as I put her down, she runs and she's very scared. She's been sleeping with me, curled up in my arms, for hours now, but as soon as I get up.....she's outta there...and I'm talking about paniced running trying to flee. She hides in difficult corners...under the couch, in small area. I can coax her out with food, but not to me. It's funny how long her body can stretch to get the food! But it strange to see her cuddle and purr with me and yet she has this total fear of being out in the open.
I could really use advise. I've heard to just leave her alone and she'll come to us, but when I have left her alone, the fear seems to intensify.
Also, I have 2 other animals....1 large dog and another ferrel cat that was found when she was 8 wks. They get along with each other too. It's that being in the open that she can't get through.
Try using an interactive toy to entice her out of hiding. I had lots of success with a makeshift fishing pole toy. I attached several strands of short ribbon to the end so that it wouldn't be so bulky or so noisey that it would scare the kitten. Several times daily I would get the toy out and just hang out in the room with him dangling the toy near his hiding spot. This would usually get him to come out of hiding and play. While he was playing he seemed to be less focused on my presence and would get closer and closer to me. Once he was close enough, I would pet him lightly just for a second near the base of his tail. He would then hiss and run back to his hiding spot. I did this over and over until finally I was able to pet him for longer periods and he seemed to actually enjoy it. This was a very slow process but it worked. He was about 12wks old when I got him and it took me about 5 months to completely tame him. He will be 3yrs old this June. He startles more easily than my other cats but is otherwise a wonderful companion. I can now pick him up, carry him, pet him, & even brush him without a problem. He even seeks me out when he wants affection.
Good Luck with your new kitten. I wanted to let you know that you don't need to give your cat milk (unless it is actual kitten formula). I know we see milk and fish bones all the time on cartoons and such but the truth is that cats (and dogs) are lactose intolerant and can't digest the lactose in the milk so it gives them diarrhea. Honestly, a little most likely won't hurt them, but it's really not good for them. If you really want to give it a milk-type treat, I know I have seen little boxes of milk made specifically as a treat for cats at petsmart and petco in the cat section. I think Whiskas makes one..it is lactose-free and formulated to be okay for cats to drink.
Thank you so much for the advises. I really appreciate it. I seem to make progress on the kitten almost every day. This weekend, she slept with me for 7 hours! I find that every time I pull her away from my body, even if I'm still holding her with my hands, she tries to bolt. If she's touching me, she'll lay down. I experimented this weekend as far as having her sit away from me and every time she'd try to bolt, I would talk to her and pet her back until she calmed down. Now when I do that, I can let go and she'll stand there. But you're right, any noise, have to start over again. I was wondering if she's scared of bright lights. I have more progress with her with darkness or dimmed lighting than with bright lighting.
On the milk, my vet had told me about the milk too. Luckily, I'm lactose intolerant and I was giving her my lactose free milk. When I first got her, I was looking for kitten formula and stumbled onto the Whiska's kitten/cat milk. She loves that. She with come out of hiding for that! I haven't seen her drink water, so I don't want her to be dehydrated.
As much progress that she is making, we did start experiencing some problems.... she was liter trained, but now she's tee-teeing on clothing....mainly towels. We had to put something over the liter because my dog likes to eat cat poopy (jealous) and it's upsetting his stomach. I'm hoping that now that we have it uncovered she'll go back. Any advise on this?
Again, thank you for the advise....I'm going to get the fishing pole thing. She did play with string this weekend.
i would try whenever she pees on the clothing to direct her to her litter box by picking her up and putting her in the litter box she might be marking her territory my dogs eat my cats poop but what i did was put the litte pan where the dog cant reach it. what kind of dog do you have
She only comes out between 2-4 am.... For the last week or so, I had blocked off the kitty liter to keep my Golden Retriever from eating that nasty stuff. I have completely removed it and (keeping my fingers crossed), I haven't found any smelly areas so I'm hoping that was just the problem. One positive thing.... the kitty liter stays clean (ha-ha!)
where my dad lives there is alot of strays and Kittens so we were out side one evening and Our previous cat Smokey was ignoring her food-picky- so we gave it to some strays and I went up to them all but one extremly skinny black kitten ran so I petted him and then picked him up and handed it to my dad his jaw dropped he said it was as light as a feather so he said go get some foog and water ready and put smokey up he brought (as of now blackie) in and fed him he gobbled it up blackie slept with me that night and when I woke up I panicked hoping I didnt squash him looked under the bed there he was in the corner and I tried to catch him finally did but dad is there more than me -live w/mom- so next time i was there the ca tloved dad he said all he did was go to work come home spend the rest of the night with the 2 catrs and blackie grew closer to him so maybe the cat just needs to be worked with by one person no loud noises and comforted good luck!
cats humor us because they know there ancesters ate ours!
UPDATE: my new kitten is doing really well. She's coming out a lot more and when I call her a "brave kitty" she seems to get braver and she'll do something else. My 100 lb Golden Retr. and she have some type of connection going on. He will lick her continually and she eats it up. They both are always under the bed. Our other cat plays with her in the weeeeee hours of the morning (yawn!). We see then chasing and playing with kitten toys. She hasn't come up to us yet, on her own, but I have caught her smelling my foot from under the bed. When I catch her in a drawer, she doesn't run away. I give her a chance to come out on her own and then pick her up. It seems like the only time she gets freaked out is when I say her name. Maybe she associates it to me constantly calling her name when she was scared. But we're working it out. Thanks for everyone's advise. I'm grateful my husband has been patient with her. She may just always freak, but she's definately our new addition to the family.
LOL!!!! We have been adopted by another cat. This one is a stray and just loves to be loved. My other kitten is making some progress....she doesn't split when you say her name....well, she at least waits a minute then splits. My 100 lb. Golden Retriever just absolutly loves her! I would have to say she is now my dog's cat. He just licks on her and she rubs back on him. They both sleep/play under the bed (the bed is lifted up) and they just play and play and play. I'll look under the bed and they'll stop for a few minutes like they are saying "what? we're not doing anything...we're sweet and innocent" then they'll go back to playing again.
I appreciate everyone's advise. It has helped a lot.