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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Kerryblue, Jun 10, 2017.


  1. Kerryblue

    Kerryblue PetForums Newbie

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    good afternoon everyone, I need some help understanding my new kitten.

    She is a Devon Rex and she is 14 weeks old. She is at home for most of the day and this week I have been out most evenings but have made sure I came home to play with her for one to two hours in the afternoon before I go out.

    So far this hasn't seemed to affect her, she plays well, sleeps a lot and doesn't mess outside the litter box. She is engaging in some play buying and furniture scratching but that's about all. She sleeps with me at night as well, very cuddly :)

    My worry is that she isn't displaying the typical Devon traits that I read about. From what I hear devons are meant to be challenged by spending this time alone, but this one seems fine. I came home early today to spend two hours with her before going out and she didn't want to sleep on my lap, just in her bed by the window, and she doesn't try and get into every thing but she does follow me - she just seems a little ambivalent to company.

    So is it normal for some cats to deviate from the breeds character? Do you think it's possible that she is just used to my routine and has adjusted to it or do you think if I spent more time at home this would make her more active or would she sleep just the same?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Kerryblue

    Kerryblue PetForums Newbie

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    I really am pleased that she isn't showing signs of distress, I am hoping that she has just adjusted to my routine. I certainly don't plan on being out every night of the week and at work all day, I have just had a busy time this week - I just hope that I'm not missing something about her behaviour - you could call me an anxious cat owner
     
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    vivien PetForums VIP

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    Hi and welcome. Kittens do sleep a lot, they are growing while they sleep. How are you getting on with her midday meal if you are at work. At 14 weeks old she will still have a tiny tummy so need 3 meals a day. As she is alone would you consider a friend for her. Or get your mum or a neighbour to come in and give her some company. A young kitten needs company or they get very bored, and look for something to get up to.
     
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    huckybuck Feline Forum Fashionista

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    It's a shame - she sounds bored and probably lonely as well to sleep that much and have so little energy.
    She has adapted herself to having so little company.
    She is at a crucial age of personality development so unless you make more effort with her I expect her to continue to become more ambivalent towards you.
     
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    carly87 PetForums VIP

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    Wowsers! I'm very surprised that any reputable breeder, knowing you would be out quite a lot and the kitten would be on her own all of this time, allowed you to home a single kitten. Devons are incredibly social creatures, and can and do get quite depressed when separated and left alone. Either it's that, or you've been very lucky and got yourself an atypical Devon, but to be honest, if a kitten is choosing to sleep over play, and is beginning to be not enthusiastic about your return home, then I'd think the former. I would expect a Devon baby left on their own all day to be all over you like a rash when you got home.
     
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  6. Kerryblue

    Kerryblue PetForums Newbie

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    Hey everyone, my little girl does play a mighty lot at night, she seems to come alive in the evening and makes the most out of any play sessions we have in the early evening and before bed. She follows me a lot and when I get home she will wake up and make her way over to me, but just doesn't go too full on (I suppose she's just waking up from naps). Today she wasn't interested in sitting on me and it got me worried; she gets three meals a day (I leave food for her when I leave for work and give her an early arvo and night time meal). I plan on being home four evenings a week, but i do worry that I'm causing her upset and not seeing it. Maybe I have an atypical Devon, am I worrying too much?
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    I have to agree with Huckybuck, your kitten sounds withdrawn to be sleeping such a lot and not socialising much with you. It is a culture shock for kitty to go from having the constant companionship of her litter mates and her mum to being on her own so much. :(

    As HB says, cats adapt to being on their own a lot by going into themselves and becoming withdrawn. This is not likely to change unless you are able to spend a lot more time with her. If you are out in the daytime you really do need at this age, to be at home every evening and at weekends to compensate.

    A 14 week old kitten should be full of life, with several periods throughout the day of racing like a mad thing around the house, full of excitement, getting into everything, and enjoying lots of interactive play with you. This would be followed by periods where she crashes out and sleeps deeply before waking up and being ready to go again.

    The first few months are a time consuming period for any new kitten owner. But also a period of sheer joy watching the kitten learn about the world, grow and develop. I would not want to miss any of it and so have always put my social life 'on hold' for 3 months after adopting kittens.

    Have you considered getting another kitten of a similar age as a companion for your Devon Rex kitten?
     
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    Smuge PetForums VIP

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    You knew this and you got one anyway? Seems kinda cruel to me. Would you consider getting a friend?

    I am basically home all day every day as I work from home and I still feel bad about only bringing home one Persian (and they are not particularly bad on their own) and if I am not around my partner usually is. The most Tali has been alone in her first month at home is for a few hours if we went shopping/out for a meal etc.

    Tali is idk maybe 16 weeks? And is either running (she doesn't walk anywhere, she runs and hops), playing or conked out from exhaustion. Even if she is in a loner mood, if I leave a room she will follow me out to see what I am doing and follow me back in after afterwards - I had never previously viewed getting a glass of water as a group activity... tho this could be a Persian thing rather than kitten behavior
     
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  9. buffie

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    I have to agree with the others,it does sound as though you kitten has ,sadly, adapted to being alone so much by resigning herself to just sleeping her days away.
    As for feeding at 14 weeks old she does need more that 3 meals a day, 4/5 at least.
    Kittens have very tiny stomachs so need a lot of small meals throughout the day.
    I don't mean this to sound harsh but when you are out at work every day and intend to only spend 4 evenings with your little one it does make me ask why you want a kitten ? an older cat used to being left alone would have been a far better idea .
    Obviously you have to work but to leave a kitten alone for such a large part of the week does seem a bit unfair, and not something I would do.
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Yes, I agree with Buffie, your kitten needs at least 4 or 5 meals a day. Wet food, not dry.

    If you want to give her some dry I recommend giving a small amount as treats during the day.

    Please don't make the mistake of leaving a bowl of dry food down for her to snack on all day. If you do that she will keep eating it from boredom, just for something to do to help the time pass. And with her low level of activity and all the sleeping she is doing she will soon end up overweight that way. :(
     
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  11. Kerryblue

    Kerryblue PetForums Newbie

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    This makes me sad to read.
    I asked many many cat owners if a kitten would suit my circumstances and they have all said yes - another Rex owner even agreed with me that it would be okay, she said even when she was home during the day her Rex slept a lot. I bought a kitten and not an older cat because I wanted to encourage her to be good with children (I have nieces and nephews) and good with travelling; because I don't want to leave her home over night - I take her once a week with me to visit my parents. And so far she seems fine on all these fronts, I know with older cats they can be set in their ways more.
    I make an effort to spend at least two hours a day one on one with my little one, and I play with her at all opportunities I get. The poster who recommended that I put my social life on hold for three months was very helpful, I think I will do this; but long term I am a social person and I will go out during the week and continue to spend time with my kitten before hand. I leave wet food out for her during the day, and it's gone when I get home, do you think an automatic feeder would be a better idea?
    As for how she is during the day at work, I'm pretty sure she just sleeps and I just hope that my absence doesn't impact her happiness and personality too much - surely there must be others out there who have left their Rex's home during the day and they have been okay? Please I would love to hear from them. Two cats is definitely out of the question.
     
  12. Kerryblue

    Kerryblue PetForums Newbie

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    Also, I do leave lots of toys out for her to play with during the day.
     
  13. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    I think an auto-feeder in this current warm weather is a very good idea. You can buy ones that have little ice packs underneath to keep the food fresh. A double timed feeder would give her two extra meals a day whilst you are out at work. So you would give her breakfast before you go and then her next meal (from the feeder) would be say 11 am, and the next one (from the feeder) around 4 pm, then you feed her tea and supper. Sounds good to me. :)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/feeder-Aut...28&sr=8-3&keywords=auto+feeder+with+ice+packs

    As your kitten is on her own a lot you might consider installing a Pet Cube remote monitoring system, so you could observe your kitten during the day and even speak to her.

    https://petcube.com/en-gb/?utm_expi...4f-e248c45153b7&doi=2017-2-2&geo=en_GB&ctype=
     
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