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Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?

 
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Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
My daughter called this morning said they found a little kitten in their barn again (last July they found 2). Anyway, she thinks the kittey was dumped as they have 4 barn cats and all have been fixed. She wore me down and I agreed to take it even though I've never had a house cat before.

I'm taking her to the vet Wednesday to get it checked-out and get any shots necessary and probably de-wormed. Tomorrow I'm getting food, toys, litter box, and scratching post. Anything else I should have? I really don't want her to start tearing up my furniture so any advice anyone can offer on deterring that kind of behavior would be appreciated.

I already named her Winnifred or Winnie for short.
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Yea dont get one. Get a dog.
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cat
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Yea dont get one. Get a dog.
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Yep. But if you do have to go with a cat, teach it to do its business in the toilet.
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Don't store it in the freezer.
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Make sure you're not allergic.
SPEAK UP. SILENCE IS DEADLY!

I am currently experiencing life at several WTFs per hour.

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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Yea dont get one. Get a dog.
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I've always had dogs, I have a little pomerian/chichuaua(sp). She pretty much ignores cats.
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
leash and collar
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Don't store it in the freezer.
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I know right?! lol
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its gonna piss everywhere!hiding
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leash and collar
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I'm curious, can you really get cats to walk on a leash?
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Get a dog instead ( big one) at that. One that barks loudly. When the SHTF a kitty cant help you.
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its gonna piss everywhere!hiding
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If it has a litter box won't it go in the box? She's a female so I don't think females spray
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
how little?
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
A squirt bottle to spray the kitty with when she scratches on inappropriate items (like furniture) ....

The first few times she scratches in the wrong spot, pick her up, scold her with a phrase you will use all the time such as 'No, Patches! Bad kitty'. Then take her to the scratching post and show her that it is OK to scratch there.

Then if she persists doing it after a few times, add the spray bottle in as a deterrent... then after you spray her, pick her up, say your phrase 'No, Patches! Bad Kitty!' and take her to the post again.

When she does scratch on the post, be sure to reward her with a 'good phrase' like 'Good kitty! Good girl!' in a slightly higher pitched voice. And if you can, play with her & her favorite toy too, as a reward...

My cats love the long plastic sticks with the feathers on the end. :-)
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how little?
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The kitten is probably 9 weeks old, the dog is 7 pounds
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Ignore the dogtards. Cats are also very awesome. If the cat is misbehaving, never hit it. That's just mean and it will make the cat run away. Spray it with a water bottle and firmly say NO. Cats respect this and get what you mean.

Also you can take them gently but firmly by the loose skin between shoulder blades and gently push them down and say NO. that's a domination move and it reminds them you are top cat.

Mostly they are just adorable and awesome. You will enjoy many many years of love and laughs. Just be good to the little kitty...they are really special creatures.
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
I have a partial zoo in my house which includes 4 cats. This is the result of having animal loving daughters.

Anyhow I am a dog person but have a soft spot for cats too. They are easy to train. When you get the litter box set up, take the kitty, put it in the box and kinda rub their paws back and forth in the litter.

That literally is all I had to do to train them. Keep the box clean. That's important.

Good luck :)
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its gonna piss everywhere!hiding
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lmao
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its gonna piss everywhere!hiding
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If it has a litter box won't it go in the box? She's a female so I don't think females spray
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She will use the box by instinct --

When she first comes to your house, lock her in the room with the litterbox for about 30 minutes. Make sure you go in there and sit with her while she explores, and if she doesn't find the litter box on her own, put her in it. She will dig & scratch and she will figure out what it is for pretty easily.

Female cats don't spray. However, if you don't spay her, be prepared for some caterwauling when she's in heat, hehe.
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Just one advice: Love him! Catz are the best! 886
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
leash and collar
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I'm curious, can you really get cats to walk on a leash?
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if you're crazy enough to try

i recommend keeping him indoors for a while. do not declaw him. slowly introduce him to the outdoors once he gets a little bigger. if you live in an apartment complex or close to a busy road i would not recommend letting him out at all. also introduce it to toys at an early age. cats are only fun if they like to socialize with you.
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
A squirt bottle to spray the kitty with when she scratches on inappropriate items (like furniture) ....

The first few times she scratches in the wrong spot, pick her up, scold her with a phrase you will use all the time such as 'No, Patches! Bad kitty'. Then take her to the scratching post and show her that it is OK to scratch there.

Then if she persists doing it after a few times, add the spray bottle in as a deterrent... then after you spray her, pick her up, say your phrase 'No, Patches! Bad Kitty!' and take her to the post again.

When she does scratch on the post, be sure to reward her with a 'good phrase' like 'Good kitty! Good girl!' in a slightly higher pitched voice. And if you can, play with her & her favorite toy too, as a reward...

My cats love the long plastic sticks with the feathers on the end. :-)
 Quoting: tandym


Thanks so much Tandym, am adding water bottle to list. I was planning on getting those sticks with the feathers and maybe a laser light
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Dont start the vacuum cleaner while your are holding kitty.
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Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
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Yes.....slow cook...add carrots and potatoes celery and onion.
Tasty.


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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
Cats are so freaking clean, particularly females. Their fur always smells clean and fresh. And they do not tend to piss everywhere unless it's a male. Females are really not into marking territory with urine...male thing.
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
And I agree -- Cats are also very awesome.

I like dogs, but I really am more of a cat person. I love having a cat sit with me or sleep with me. Makes me feel safe and loved.
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Don't do it. Stinking house forever if you do. No way.
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Re: Never owned a cat before...getting a kitten on Wednesday. Any advice?
I got one a year ago and I love him dearly the only mistake was I didnt get 2 babies at the same time. Sometimes I think he is bored and I want another kitten for him to play with, but he is spoiled rotten (drinks only bottled water and eats only from Chinese bowls)and I dont know if he could handle another kitty getting his attention.
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Be prepared to spend 1,000 dollars per year over the next 20 years.
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Don't do it. Stinking house forever if you do. No way.
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