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Getting first ever kitten! Advice needed

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Mazzle, Apr 6, 2011.


  1. Mazzle

    Mazzle PetForums Newbie

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    Hello All!

    My name is Maz, I'm new to the forum. I was hoping for some advice!

    Myself and my husband are getting our first ever pet, a kitten, on 9th May. A friend's cat has unexpectedly had a litter (everyone thought she had been fixed!), and there are 3 kittens - 2 have already been 'reserved' for other people, and we are lucky enough to be getting the third. We are not sure of sex/colour yet, as it depends on which ones the other 2 take. We pick our new fuzzy friend up at 8 weeks.

    We have told her that if any of the others become available we will have them too - I've heard it's better for them to have company. Space is not an issue for us, as we have a 2 bed house with a very large, secure garden, well away from main roads.

    If there is only one available, do you think it's worth trying to rehome another kitten at same time? Should I get as similar ages as possible? Will not being from same litter make a difference?

    Any advice would be gratefully received.... Meanwhile I'm off to learn everything I can about looking after kittens!!!!

    xxx
     
  2. Gem16

    Gem16 PetForums VIP

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    Hello hun,
    First of all 8 weeks is a little bit young to be leaving their mum, is it possible for them to be kept a couple of weeks longer? 12 weeks is ideal because they have better socialisation skills and your less likely to have any problems in the future, i would say this matters even more for your kitty because he won't have any litter mates coming along too ( they teach each other about acceptable play etc so your less likely to get a cat who bites or behavior problems )
    Secondly i do think it's great to have pairs, especially at that age. If you start asking and looking round at local rescues you may well find a kitten about that age looking for a new home, it is the season now when their all being born and it would be great to rescue rather than buying from somewhere else :)
    xx
     
  3. BSH

    BSH PetForums Senior

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    Hi Mazzle, Welcome to the forum :)

    I always think two is better than one. They have company then especially when you are out of the house. That said, cats can get along just fine on their own too. Getting another cat from another litter is not a problem. They may hiss & spit at each other for a day or two initially, but will settle down. Darwin & Willow are from different litters but get along just fine, as they do with Muffin who joined them when they were 9 months old.

    I see you are getting your kitten aged 8 weeks old. If the owner can be persuaded to keep them with their mother a bit longer, say 10 weeks but ideally 12, it would be better as these early weeks are a time for kitten socialisation and learning, from mum, on how to be a cat. Being ready to leave mum for a kitten is more than them just being able to eat solids and use a litter tray. Cats who leave mother too earlier are at a greater risk of developing behavioural problems later on.

    If you have any more questions, ask away :)
     
  4. Mazzle

    Mazzle PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks guys - I THINK it's 8 weeks, but I will double check!
     
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    Gem16 PetForums VIP

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    Even if the other 2 went together at 8 weeks, maybe yours could just stay on a little longer with mum. I know it's a shame for you cause you get all excited about them coming home but it's for the best :D Please come back if you have anymore questions and feel free to post 100's of pics :)
     
  6. Sparkles87

    Sparkles87 PetForums Senior

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    Hello!
    Think everyone has given great advice with regards to your future kitten, so just wanted to pop in and say congrats on your new furbaby, and we must see pictures when you get him/her home!

    Good luck!
    Sparkles
    x
     
  7. Amin

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    Don't Forget to post some PIC,S:D
     
  8. Mazzle

    Mazzle PetForums Newbie

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    I can show you pics of the 3 that are available :) Like I said, not sure which one we are getting, but they are all so adorable! Not even sure if I have a favourite!

    Also going to pdsa and blue cross this weekend to register interest for rehoming a kitten.
     

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    MoggyBaby PetForums VIP

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    Welcome to Pets Forum and it is lovely to have you on board.

    There are lots of lovely people here with a huge knowledge on all things puss-cat to feel free to ask - no question too big or too small. :)

    We hope you will supply LOTS of piccies of your new furbabies when you get them.

    Finally, enjoy your last few weeks of being a free woman because, from the minute that little tiny bundle of fluff crosses your threshold, it will have you totally wound around its little paws and you will become a cat-slave forever!! Ask anyone around here - they will all tell you the same! :D :D :D

    We are not owners, we are slaves!!! Proud to be so and we delight in every little second of it! :thumbup:
     
  10. jenny armour

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    hi and welcome to the forum
    congratulations on your impending arrival and everyone says they will keep you on your toes and they are real timewasters at that age.
    great idea to have two of similar ages and it doesnt matter about sex they will get on after the initial introduction.
    whenever i have had kittens i always keep an eye on things that they could get tangled up in as they seem to get into everything at that age, particularly handbag straps, cables anything like that.
    another suggestion is if you have a female or even a male its suggested that you keep them in until they have been neutered/spayed which is normally at six months of age, that is if you are letting them out.
    otherwise enjoy and take lots of pictures they grow quickly
     
  11. Mazzle

    Mazzle PetForums Newbie

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    UPDATE!

    Just got call from RSPCA to confirm we passed our home visit, so we can pick up our new baby at the weekend! So excited!
     
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    MoggyBaby PetForums VIP

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    Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

    Can't wait to see the piccies!!! :D
     
  13. Mazzle

    Mazzle PetForums Newbie

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    Just realised I missed out a stage in the update process - doh!

    Went to RSPCA on Saturday to enquire about rehoming a young cat, and was just walking through the cattery when this little head popped up.... he'd just had some ear drops put in and he'd shaken them out and rubbed around, so all his hair was stuck up in a mohawk! He started pawing at the window so I go thim out to have a look, and he literally FLUNG himself into my arms!

    He is a 3yr old white and tabby short hair, and he's a bit skinny for his age - needs some feeding up! He cam in 4 weeks ago as a stray, and has been neutered, chipped, vaccinated etc.

    He is the friendliest cat I have ever met, constantly purring, licking my fingers, nuzzling into my neck... He let me pick him up without any fuss/claws, and when I popped him on window sill to scratch behind his ears, we went crazy, arching his back, padding his feet and purring like a tractor!

    I popped him back in his enclosure, and he just looked so pitiful and forlorn I had to get him out twice more :)

    So we are rehoming him - I didn't even want to see any others, I knew he was my cat! We are picking him up on Saturday, and I cannot wait! Not only do we get an amazing cat, but he'll be compoany for when the kitten arrives, AND it's nice to know we've helped by rehoming.

    YAY!
     
  14. TatiLie

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    Seems that you have been adopted! What's his name?
    Looking forward to seeing the pictures!
     
  15. koekemakranka

    koekemakranka PetForums VIP

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    Wonderful news! Isn't it strange how you just KNOW who you belong with? We think we pick them, but they pick us! :D
     
  16. Mazzle

    Mazzle PetForums Newbie

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    Expect lots of pics this weekend :) can't wait to get him home!

    He is called Mr Miaowgi! So when our kitten arrives in a few weeks, he's going to have to be Karate Kitten :)

    Although I expect they'll become known as Miaow and Kit in time.....
     
  17. BAM

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    That really is wonderful news! Don't forget the pics...
     
  18. MoggyBaby

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    What wonderful news - for both you AND your new baby. :) You must be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited right now....... :D :D

    Looking forward to gazillions of pictures tomorrow night. :D
     
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