Hi there, We've just adopted a stray kitten we've called Alan (we think he looks like a boy). Alan appeared when quite young at our friends house with his (also stray) mother who has been going there for food for some time. As far as I can tell Alan is about 12 weeks old. He's been at our house for just over a day now and I've got a couple of questions that I thought perhaps this board could help with. He seems quite relaxed in his body language but insists on hiding in hard to get to places and hissing at anybody that gets too close to him. He's fine if you just sit a bit away from him quietly and get on with what you're doing, but nobody's managed to touch or pick him up yet because he just darts away and hides somewhere else. This makes litter training him pretty difficult. So far he's refused to go to the loo in the litter tray. From reading around this board I've gathered that it'd be good if I could place him in the litter tray after sleeping and eating, I can't get near him to do this. He's pooed twice in the same place on the carpet, it's not in a secluded spot or anything, just in the open on the carpet and I don't think he's had a pee yet as I can't smell it and I would imagine that I'd be able to. Each time he's pooed on the carpet I've picked it up and placed it in his litter tray, then covered it up with litter. Finally, when he's on his own (especially but not exclusively) he will almost continuously cry for long periods of time. I don't know if this is because he is hungry (I think I've been feeding him adequate amounts), because he needs to toilet and doesn't know where to go, because he misses his mother or just because he's lonely. We've been trying to keep him in a pretty confined area, because I've read it's better for them to become accustomed to a small area before opening up the whole (in my case 2 bedroomed) flat. However, the incessant crying makes me want to let him wander around and know there's someone else here. Sorry about the (probably) really long post, but I just wanted to know if I'm doing the right things and if not then what should I be doing? Thanks in advance, Alan's new dad!