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First night , new kitten - 5 weeks old !

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Kittennamedbug, Sep 16, 2018.


  1. Kittennamedbug

    Kittennamedbug PetForums Newbie

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    We have adopted a new kitten today 5 weeks old. They were 7 in the litter so they are already eating wet kitten food.

    Does anyone have any advice on the first few days, weeks and what we should do to make sure he is happy and not anxious.

    We both work full time so won’t be in all day all the time , although of course the first few days we will be here.

    He seems to have settled in well and hasn’t hidden or been scared at all really that we can tell!

    His name is Bug and we are totally in love with him already .
     

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  2. Arny

    Arny PetForums Senior

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    This probably won't come across as helpful now as you have him but in the nicest possible way my advice would be take him back so he doesn't miss vital steps in his development. He should be with his mum and littermates for several more weeks.
    I've not seen anyone knowingly bring such a young kitten home. Hopefully breeders will be able to advise.
    He looks very sweet
     
  3. Wild With Roxi

    Wild With Roxi PetForums Senior

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    He is simply adorable! But Cats should NOT be separated from their Mom until AT LEAST 8 weeks old.
    10 weeks plus is much better.
     
  4. Bertie'sMum

    Bertie'sMum Obedient Cat Slave

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    I'm sorry this is probably not want you want to hear but at 5 weeks old he's far too young to be away from his Mum and siblings. At this age he will be needing constant company and supervision if he is to grow up safe (they have absolutely no idea of danger and can get into all kinds of 'trouble') and well socialised. Kittens really should not leave their mothers until they are at least 8 weeks old, preferably 12 weeks.
     
  5. buffie

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    Poor little lad,what in heavens name is the so called "breeder" thinking of ,allowing a baby to be taken from its mum and littermates at such a young age, he is far to young to be separated from them.:(
    You are going to have your work cut out for you to rear this little chap especially as you are going to be away from him for hours every day.
    He is going to need multiple feeds (6 + ) through out the day I really hope you can at least come home at lunch time to make sure he has food and is eating.
     
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    Poor little mite, at 5 weeks old he’s far too young to be away from his mum
    He shouldn’t have left her till he was 12 weeks old.
    And then to leave him alone as you both work full time :(
    Can you take a few weeks off work to settle him & as @buffie says to feed him 6+ meals a day?
    This has really made me angry & sad, poor little baby taken away from his mum far too young. Some people have no heart
     
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    Being able to eat solids is no indication that a kitten is ready to leave.
    There’s loads of info online about the best age for kittens to leave their mum if only people would research and ask questions first rather than after the fact.


    8 weeks is far too young, minimum of 12 weeks of age is best for the kitten.
     
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  8. MissMiloKitty

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    Is there any way you can take time off work? A kitten that young shouldn't be left on his own. If he can't be with his mother then he needs a mother substitute. That's you. I don't know what country you are in and I don't know the circumstances around his adoption but he's too young to be separated from his mother.
    He is gorgeous though.
     
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    Did you buy him or take him off someone's hands who had an accidental litter?

    I feel for him being alone a lot at his age. Could you take another of his littermates? I would not want to fund someone who may be making a profit from such a young kitten but if it is just a nominal price to keep those who might harm kittens away then I would.
     
  10. Kittennamedbug

    Kittennamedbug PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone !

    Thank you so much for all posting.

    When we took the kitten we were told by the breeder that because of the large litter the mother had started to reject the kittens.

    I just want to assure everyone that we will do everything to ensure that he is happy and safe !!! We are taking him to vets tonight to get him checked.

    He has eaten and drank and gone to toilet in his litter tray since being here and is being very sociable !

    Any ideas on what to use as mum / warm substitute ??

    Xxx
     
  11. Summercat

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    @Kittennamedbug
    Honestly, you. I have had kittens who were quite young, lay on me, climb up next to me to sleep etc. This was in visiting them in a shelter environment.
    I would still suggest if not a littermate, a kitten close in age from a rescue. I think rescues sometimes adopt out from eight weeks old. He then won't be alone when you go to work, and will have someone to play with.
    If not possible for you then I would get a hot water bottle covered with fabric for him to lie near.
     
  12. Kittennamedbug

    Kittennamedbug PetForums Newbie

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    I would love to, I think it’s good idea. Other than a water bottle any tips as it will take us a few weeks to get a rescue and get them settled ? Thank you. Xx
     
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    Yes. You!

    Young kittens will tend to be very sociable as they crave attention and it’s important that we respond.

    This little thing is such a baby that he needs round the clock attention for at least a few more weeks.

    The breeder has probably told you porkies but if you are determined to make a go of it, please please try and get some time off work. If this kitten misses socialisation in these key weeks it will have an effect on his personality for the rest of his life.

    Not to mention that young kittens can get sick very fast, so they can’t be alone for more than 4 hours a day.

    I was in a similar boat but we didn’t know our guy was 5/6 weeks old. He got very ill very fast. Ensure that your kitten is eating plenty or consider supplementing with kitten replacement formula.

    Please don’t leave him alone even overnight. Maybe sofa sleeping etc.

    If it’s not possible for you to take some time off work (maybe even half days??) then advice about a second kitten is good, so that he isn’t alone.

    Honestly if he learns to be alone for extended periods of time you’ll find that is what he wants to do as he grows up as you weren’t there when he needed you.
     
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    I have no words :(
     
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    @Kittennamedbug
    Aside from a water bottle and yourself, try leaving the radio on when you are not home.
    A soft bed. I have noticed my guy prefers almost mat like soft beds with a small rim versus deep beds. It may depend on the cat, but I have spent a lot on beds he does not use.
    I would take an old t shirt of yourself or your OH that has been worn and lay it in the bed or wherever your kitten has decided to sleep.
     
  16. Kittennamedbug

    Kittennamedbug PetForums Newbie

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    I have 3 weeks of working from home, so me being is sorted now .

    I honestly feel awful as everyone seems to be really disgusted with us having him so young but although I had researched online we took the word of the breeder who we thought would know best :(
     
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    Kittennamedbug PetForums Newbie

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    We called and asked this morning but she said there all reserved or already gone to other homes.
     
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    @Kittennamedbug
    A few years back I would not have known any different from you. Not long ago seven or eight weeks was seen more the norm for rehoming and now it is recommended later. Many rescues don't have the luxury of waiting till twelve weeks to rehome all their kittens.
    It seems the person you got the kitten from may have been selling for profit and they may have just told you she rejected the kittens.
    What's done is done and you are planning to do your best by the kitten.
     
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    Poor little baby, he is so cute.
    I hope you can give him all the attention he deserves and you can take half days in turn with your OH to be with him.
    I have seen people giving babies away too soon, insisted so much they were too young but some people just don't care and are too stubborn. It's heartbreaking... fortunately they left in pairs but still :(
     
  20. Minuscule

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    Not with you at all, with the "breeder". You didn't know and they would have been given away too young to someone else.
    It's great you have some time off, your kitten is lucky to have you xx don't feel awful you're doing all you can. Keep posting here for advice, people with experience with young kittens will help!
     
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