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

 
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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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Make sure they're fixed or you'll be dealing with a a lot of meow meows lol
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how little?
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if she is still a baby, not able to relieve herself…you have to piddle and poop her. Luckily i had a wannabe momma cat to do the messy stuff for me with my runt handicapped kitten. Turned out she wasnt all that handicapped afterall though.

If she can walk and is mentally there, then yeah, she will be using the litterbox. Just you are taking in a kitten sans its mom. Keep that in mind and the kittens age too.


Kittens are a lot of fun but as they get older they can get very smart--knocking things down, opening doors and cabinets, unraveling things, getting stuff, dragging stuff around the house, chewing paper, eating plastic bags, eating litter, playing with litter like it is a sandbox daily, chewing through the bag of food (get food bins, get child safety locks for cabinets)…

but kittens are a blessing and will reward you with cuddles of purrs. They can be very loyal if you treat them well. Play via toys, try not to use your hand as a toy. Try games like fetch and peekaboo. For fetch, i use half a sheet of paper wadded into a ball. Cats love laser lights. Avoid direct contact with the eyes. The more activity the less destructive demon kitteness occurs with your back turned or when your arms are just too far away to stop the domino effect unraveling before your eyes. Indoor cats live longer and dont catch as many parasites to bring back home.
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I especially like the advice of not using one's hand as a toy. She will be an indoor cat, I thought about trying to teach her to walk on a leash but where I live there are asshole dog owners that will take their dogs onto my property and let them run off the leash into the vineyards. The more I think about it the more it just seems like not such a great idea.
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if she is still a baby, not able to relieve herself…you have to piddle and poop her. Luckily i had a wannabe momma cat to do the messy stuff for me with my runt handicapped kitten. Turned out she wasnt all that handicapped afterall though.

If she can walk and is mentally there, then yeah, she will be using the litterbox. Just you are taking in a kitten sans its mom. Keep that in mind and the kittens age too.


Kittens are a lot of fun but as they get older they can get very smart--knocking things down, opening doors and cabinets, unraveling things, getting stuff, dragging stuff around the house, chewing paper, eating plastic bags, eating litter, playing with litter like it is a sandbox daily, chewing through the bag of food (get food bins, get child safety locks for cabinets)…

but kittens are a blessing and will reward you with cuddles of purrs. They can be very loyal if you treat them well. Play via toys, try not to use your hand as a toy. Try games like fetch and peekaboo. For fetch, i use half a sheet of paper wadded into a ball. Cats love laser lights. Avoid direct contact with the eyes. The more activity the less destructive demon kitteness occurs with your back turned or when your arms are just too far away to stop the domino effect unraveling before your eyes. Indoor cats live longer and dont catch as many parasites to bring back home.
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I especially like the advice of not using one's hand as a toy. She will be an indoor cat, I thought about trying to teach her to walk on a leash but where I live there are asshole dog owners that will take their dogs onto my property and let them run off the leash into the vineyards. The more I think about it the more it just seems like not such a great idea.
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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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Buy this cat litter called cat attract. Since we used it, the kittens we had never peed anywhere else but the cat box
after that. Start trimming their claws very early so that
they get used to that. It will save the furniture.

They really are a lot of fun for the family, and these tips will mitigate any resulting heartache.
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Be prepared to spend 1,000 dollars per year over the next 20 years.
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For what?
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Food and cat liter......10 per week. The rest for the Vet, tags, etc.
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I dont have or need tags and I change the litter on the 15th and the 30th. I also keep my cat inside so I dont need to give him shots yearly. The food isnt that much either.
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Okay what kind of food guys? My daughter says to feed her wet until she gets older, is this the consenus?
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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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People own dogs. Cats own people. Cats have staff.
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Be prepared to spend 1,000 dollars per year over the next 20 years.
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For what?
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Food and cat liter......10 per week. The rest for the Vet, tags, etc.
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I dont have or need tags and I change the litter on the 15th and the 30th. I also keep my cat inside so I dont need to give him shots yearly. The food isnt that much either.
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I'm thinking perhaps she should get tagged or chipped in case she gets out, yes?
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how little?
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if she is still a baby, not able to relieve herself…you have to piddle and poop her. Luckily i had a wannabe momma cat to do the messy stuff for me with my runt handicapped kitten. Turned out she wasnt all that handicapped afterall though.

If she can walk and is mentally there, then yeah, she will be using the litterbox. Just you are taking in a kitten sans its mom. Keep that in mind and the kittens age too.


Kittens are a lot of fun but as they get older they can get very smart--knocking things down, opening doors and cabinets, unraveling things, getting stuff, dragging stuff around the house, chewing paper, eating plastic bags, eating litter, playing with litter like it is a sandbox daily, chewing through the bag of food (get food bins, get child safety locks for cabinets)…

but kittens are a blessing and will reward you with cuddles of purrs. They can be very loyal if you treat them well. Play via toys, try not to use your hand as a toy. Try games like fetch and peekaboo. For fetch, i use half a sheet of paper wadded into a ball. Cats love laser lights. Avoid direct contact with the eyes. The more activity the less destructive demon kitteness occurs with your back turned or when your arms are just too far away to stop the domino effect unraveling before your eyes. Indoor cats live longer and dont catch as many parasites to bring back home.
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I especially like the advice of not using one's hand as a toy. She will be an indoor cat, I thought about trying to teach her to walk on a leash but where I live there are asshole dog owners that will take their dogs onto my property and let them run off the leash into the vineyards. The more I think about it the more it just seems like not such a great idea.
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If it's an indoor cat forget the leash idea and I wouldnt even collar it. Cats should stay natural.
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if she is still a baby, not able to relieve herself…you have to piddle and poop her. Luckily i had a wannabe momma cat to do the messy stuff for me with my runt handicapped kitten. Turned out she wasnt all that handicapped afterall though.

If she can walk and is mentally there, then yeah, she will be using the litterbox. Just you are taking in a kitten sans its mom. Keep that in mind and the kittens age too.


Kittens are a lot of fun but as they get older they can get very smart--knocking things down, opening doors and cabinets, unraveling things, getting stuff, dragging stuff around the house, chewing paper, eating plastic bags, eating litter, playing with litter like it is a sandbox daily, chewing through the bag of food (get food bins, get child safety locks for cabinets)…

but kittens are a blessing and will reward you with cuddles of purrs. They can be very loyal if you treat them well. Play via toys, try not to use your hand as a toy. Try games like fetch and peekaboo. For fetch, i use half a sheet of paper wadded into a ball. Cats love laser lights. Avoid direct contact with the eyes. The more activity the less destructive demon kitteness occurs with your back turned or when your arms are just too far away to stop the domino effect unraveling before your eyes. Indoor cats live longer and dont catch as many parasites to bring back home.
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I especially like the advice of not using one's hand as a toy. She will be an indoor cat, I thought about trying to teach her to walk on a leash but where I live there are asshole dog owners that will take their dogs onto my property and let them run off the leash into the vineyards. The more I think about it the more it just seems like not such a great idea.
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If it's an indoor cat forget the leash idea and I wouldnt even collar it. Cats should stay natural.
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I have one of each. He is 11, she is 10. Both fixed indoor cats. Never had a vet bill as he gave great advise. Feed it dry food as it is better nutritionally and it won't rot their teeth. If you are able feed her spring water or at least filtered. Fluoride is not good for animals either.

Love it, never push it away and enjoy the healing purrs they emanate. You will get back every joy and happiness they can muster. You will be happier.
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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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Buy this cat litter called cat attract. Since we used it, the kittens we had never peed anywhere else but the cat box
after that. Start trimming their claws very early so that
they get used to that. It will save the furniture.

They really are a lot of fun for the family, and these tips will mitigate any resulting heartache.
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"Cat Attract" check. Will ask the vet if he can trim her claws Wednesday. Thanks
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handle the kitten as often as possible, it'll make her more comfortable with people, especially if you want her to come over for a cuddle when she gets older!
Also if you have young children keep her locked out of the bedroom at night, especially in the first year as they go through a mental streak for a while!
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You folks have given me great info and insight into owning a cat. I really looking forward to this...have to go but will check back in if anyone has any helpful tips and info I greatly appreciate it.

Thank so very much.
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Okay what kind of food guys? My daughter says to feed her wet until she gets older, is this the consenus?
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They make kitten kibbles (hard food) and I keep kibbles out through the day and give him wet food a couple of times through the day. I also give him Temptaions as treats, he loves those. Try not to give hime the cheapest food there is and switch around from time to time.
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Before I go, what do you guys think about chipping her in case she were to get outside? Should I just get a tag and collar for her...kinda like what one poster said about keeping her collar free but perhaps there is another perspective. Bye for now.
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For what?
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Food and cat liter......10 per week. The rest for the Vet, tags, etc.
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I dont have or need tags and I change the litter on the 15th and the 30th. I also keep my cat inside so I dont need to give him shots yearly. The food isnt that much either.
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I'm thinking perhaps she should get tagged or chipped in case she gets out, yes?
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No need to chip it they are smart they know where thier food is.
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Get some catnip and one of those laser points. Instant entertainment.
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If you are going to change brands of food, or kitten to adult.. Mix the two types up to gradually introduce the new food in.. If you don't your kitty will end up with a very sore stomach and you will too when she has the runs and the farts.

Just like children that never learn how to talk. lol
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Cats are very sensitive to your vibes. Always be kind. Reassure her that you will take care of her and love her, and she will understand the vibes that go with the words.

Diatomaceous earth (human grade also called food grade) is inexpensive and easy to use to de-worm them. You can use it regularly. Google it. Never buy the kind that is meant for pool filters, bad bad. It should say food grade or human grade.

I use colloidal silver on my cats. It's easy, effective, works on any infection like runny eyes, cold, cough. If things don't clear up after a few days you may need a trip to the vet but I have saved a bundle of $$ by just giving a dropper full of colloidal silver every three/four hours when they look sickish.

DOn't ever use Hartz products, made in China, poison.

Be very careful not to use flea products intended for dogs, it is VERY dangerous for cats. Use diatomaceous earth or Revolution for Cats.

Young cats can be trained to know what certain words mean. I trained my kitty to come when I called her by offering her little bits of steak when I used a certain phrase. Do NOT train her to "Here Kitty Kitty" unless you want her to walk up to any stranger that feels like snatching her. I trained my cat to come to "Sage, come, good kitty" spoken slowly. She is 14 now and ALWAYS comes when I say those words, even if she doesn't seem to want to. The programming on a young kitten is lifelong.

Never hit her. Make a "PSSSSST!!" sound to stop her if she is up on a counter or table, or scratching at the couch. Talk things over with her if she does something you don't like, they do understand, especially if you picture in your mind the things you talk about. I always tell my kitty if I'm going away for a few days, and picture the sun rising and setting a few times so she knows. Or maybe I'm just a sentimental fool, lol.

Do NOT feed her first thing when you get up. If she learns to associate you getting out of bed with food, she WILL come and try to wake you. I wait for about an hour before I feed her. There is always dry food out for her anyway.

I give my kitty bottled spring water, no need to put chlorine and floride in that tiny body. And please know that the better you feed her the less you will need the vet. Don't feed her that Friskies crap. Raw organic poultry is best for cats but not that practical. Spend a little extra and get a good brand of dry food to keep in her dish that she can eat at will.

Winifred is my middle name, lol, and my mom's name was Winnie.

Be sure to play with her, don't bother buying toys, a stick with a feather tied on a string will do.
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They're addictive....you'll end up a crazy cat lady with a herd....
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Get ready to have your house treated as if it were the cat's own personal toilet.

Vile fucking creatures.
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Bond with it, be its mother/father/big brother, I have had many cats and the ones that bond with you are by far the best pets.
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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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28920579


Buy this cat litter called cat attract. Since we used it, the kittens we had never peed anywhere else but the cat box
after that. Start trimming their claws very early so that
they get used to that. It will save the furniture.

They really are a lot of fun for the family, and these tips will mitigate any resulting heartache.
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"Cat Attract" check. Will ask the vet if he can trim her claws Wednesday. Thanks
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No need to take to the vet for nail trims, use a little nail clipper like you find at the drugstore check out lane. Turn it at a sideways angle to match the flat angle of the nail, clip off the pointiest part. It's not that hard. Squish down on their "toe" a little bit and the nail kind of comes out of its sheath, just trim a little tiny end off it. You'll get the hang of it, kitty will not mind at this age, and you will save yourself the $15 each month to do something you can easily do yourself. Don't be scared, it's easy. Also, start brushing her while she is young or she will not tolerate it when she is older. Start with a nice soft kitty brush, or my cat likes one of those round hair stylist brushes for people.
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Make sure there is somewhere where the kitten can get 'up'.
Cats love to observe from up high.
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Get ready to have your house treated as if it were the cat's own personal toilet.

Vile fucking creatures.
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You're doing it wrong too.
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Don't take it to a groomer if you can help it... easy way to get fleas. Buy high quality food and give filtered water. Toxin levels in water rated for humans perhaps not good for pets.
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Yea dont get one. Get a dog.
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Or a cat, dogs are kind of gross.

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