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Help with 6week old kitten

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by littlemissnawtie, May 1, 2011.


  1. littlemissnawtie

    littlemissnawtie PetForums Junior

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    Ive never owned a kitten before so im completeley new to this. yesterday i got a kitten from a friends neighbour. I assumed my kitten would be 8weeks old as i had reserved her at the start of march, but when i got her yesterday my friend told me her neighbour said she was 6weeks old.

    The instructions were she had to drink cat milk for a while until after a couple of days where she could be give a few chunks of cat food meat just to get used to it.
    Shes not been litter trained, and his advice was that if she starts sniffing then i should put her in the litter box, and she should go.
    She would be upset due to the fact that she would be away from her siblings and mother.

    Im okay with her eating, she seems to eat okay, and she drinks.
    Ive not seen her go toilet ever since i got her. I know shes had a pee because i noticed a wet patch on my bed. Ive tried to encourage her to go litter, i put her in the tray after shes had someting to eat, but she doesnt do anything, all she wants to do is eat it And play with it.

    Ive looked everywhere online for some advice and help. and ive done everything its suggested. Ive rubbed her paws into the litter, ive wiped her bottom with a damp clean flannel to encourage it, but shes just not interested.

    she doesnt look ill at all, shes an energetic kitten constantly pouncing on things and exploring. she seemed a bit scared when we got her, but now shes attacking me playfully, she sleeps with me, she nuzzles against my hair and neck. So i know shes not depressed. Has this ever happened to anyone? The fact that she isnt litter trained has annoyed me the most about this and the advice given was a bit useless because shes smelling everything due to the fact that shes a new kitten, i couldve handled everything else. I just want to know why she hasnt gone to the toilet and will she??
     
  2. simplysardonic

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    She's very young, too young to be away from her mum :(
    I'm afraid I don't know a lot about kittens but there are some lovely people on here who will be online at some point who will be able to help you
     
  3. CAstbury

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    You kitten shouldnt have left it's mother yet - shouldnt leave til 12/13 weeks old. They learn so much from their mother and siblings and your kitten has missed all that :(

    I'm no expert but I would have thought that the 'breeder' should have litter trained her before letting them go.

    If you reserved her at the start of March she cant only be 6 weeks old!?
     
  4. littlemissnawtie

    littlemissnawtie PetForums Junior

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    I know!! Thats what i was thinking, because i remember i told my brother i wanted a kitten, and he said he had a friend who had a kitten available. But that didnt happen, and i told my workmate about it, and she said she saw on her cousins facebook that her neighbour had kittens to give away to good home but not right. that was at the start of march due to the fact that we had a lot of st davIds day merchandise at work. And i calculated when i would get her she would be atleast 8weeks old. I even got the text to confirm my friend who had text me back saying that they arent ready there are two kitties, one black and one white and which one do i want. And i said i wanted a black one. But i dont know. Im confused

    I know shes been taken away at a young time, because she is so attached to me. She wont sleep if i get off the bed, and there are moments where she will jjust come up to me and start looking at me and pushing her nose to my nose and purring loudly. she will just park herself as close to my face as she can and just purr loudly and licks my fingers and nose.

    I just want her to be a happy kitty, and im getting worried at the fact that shes not been for a poop yet, i dnt mind if she takes her time getting used to the litter box, that can be solved with time and patience, its just that she hasnt pooped!! :( :(
     
  5. Amethyst

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    Poor little kitten waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to young to away from mum and siblings :(
    I hope you didn't buy her? If you did you need your money back ...

    Now she is with you, she needs all the help she can get to grow up into a healthy, happy kitten. Book her in for vet check up as soon as possible, vet will examine her and advise on worming regime and when to vaccinate. They will also discuss neutering with you.

    It sounds as though the kitten has had a lousy time so far. I would confine her to one room initially when you are not with her. Continue to place her in tray following meals and after periods of play. With breeder she may have been used to going to toilet in her bedding, so things might take time :(

    I can't advise on current thoughts on kitten food, but I am sure someone will be along soon :)
     
  6. welshjet

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    Sorry not able to give any suggestions but didnt want to read and not say anything. Poor kitty, you'll be a good mum to her, someone will be along soon, that will be in a better position.

    Give her a cuddle for me x
     
  7. missye87

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    I'm afraid I can't give any advice on this, but there will be some breeders on here that will be able to give you good advice!

    I'm happy to hear that you are concerned about her though, as it's important to be vigilant with them when they are so small :)
     
  8. Chez87

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    So the "breeder" gave you a 6 week old kitten who wasn't weaned or litter trained. What is wrong with people?? :mad:

    An important point is that you need to feed her on demand, as much as she wants to eat, preferably wet food. She does not need kitten food specifically, but anyway, keep her on whatever you have been feeding her for the time being so as not to cause tummy upsets. Also give up to 6 small meals a day as kittens have small tummies and like to eat little and often.

    I'm sorry but I cannot offer advice on litter training as I have never had that problem, hopefully someone else on here will be able to help you.
     
  9. littlemissnawtie

    littlemissnawtie PetForums Junior

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    YES!!! SHE WENT TO THE TOILET LOLL

    My mum said dont force her, when she needs to go she will.
    And after a few stomach rubs and her eating alot of food, i finally saw her about to squat on my bed, and i quickly grabbed her and put her in the litter tray. She dug what was a tiny little pit and then She sat there a bit motionless for a while before moving and playing with the litter, i saw a small wet patch and then she started to dig again and then she was squating and she pooped lol! So now the next step is to try and see if she goes in the litter tray automatically.

    I gave her alot of praise and love for doing it, shes now sleeping on my pillow, i think that was an experience for her lol.

    Im relieved now xx

    thanks to all!! :) Awesome forum!
     
  10. Jayne31

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    Excellent news!

    It might pay to have more than 1 litter tray around your house (if you have the room) just so the little mite has more chances to get to one :)
     
  11. littlemissnawtie

    littlemissnawtie PetForums Junior

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    Its like shes done it once, and now she doesnt need to be told, me and my brother were arranging for my mini fridge to be moved so we could store her kitten milk and any left over wet food in the fridge rather than it going to waste, we couldnt see her and then we saw her again in the litter tray having a wee!! it was only little drips and drops, but shes learnt! im very amazed at how fast shes learnt considering she wee'd on my bed less than 24hours ago!
     
  12. CandyApocalypse

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    We had an almost similar experience where we were told our new kitten was ten weeks old, had been deflead, de wormed etc, and also litter trained. Her mum was part siamese, so she was smaller than normal. When the guy brought her round, we did comment on how small she was, I had never seen such a tiny kitten, but he just kept saying part siamese, and people on here did mention that they do tend to be smaller. I mentioned again about possibly keeping her for an extra couple of weeks and we'd pay for food and so on, but he just said the mother cat had been given away too, so there was no point.

    As soon as she had been here for a day or so, I was sure she was a LOT younger than what they said. We had to literally transport her to the litter tray, she didn't want to eat at first and so on, and was so demanding. She couldn't be left alone for a second or she got very distressed.

    It took a lot of work with her, I didn't even leave the house for two weeks because she was so tiny and so dependent. And as for sleep, I didn't get any of that either. I compare it to having a baby for a few weeks, plus I was constantly paranoid in case she got poorly due to her size. Our older cat Dante did help with her biting issues when she got those, she used to try and take chunks out of him, so he would sit on her until she behaved.

    But, I mainly wanted to tell you all this because now at what I think is twelve weeks, she is a loving cat, who uses the litter herself, eats, pounces and generally rules the place. So it will be a lot of work, and you should expect that she may do things like bite you too hard etc, because she has missed the socialisation from her litter mates and mum.

    Because our lovely Dante has vanished, we are going to get her another kitten to keep her company, hopefully our older cat will return and then we'll have three fur babies. But, you should also be prepared that even when she's a bit older, she will be quite clingy as Rose hasn't grown out of that yet.
     
  13. Gratch

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    I really don't understand how people can do that :( My kittens are 6 and a half weeks old and there is no way that they could go to new homes if we weren't keeping them! They're only just all using the litter tray and two of them only ate solids for the first time today! I can't believe we got Kerry at 6 weeks old either, we're lucky how he turned out really. Honestly whoever you got them from should know herself that they were not ready :mad: Hope everything works out for you, Kerry has an annoying habit of weeing on washing that gets left on the floor (forces OH to pick up his clothes though) and I think that's because of how early we got him.
     
  14. Taylorbaby

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    I would keep her in 1 room, the room your in the most and have a few litter trays dotted about, make sure they have her wee in it so she can smell it and put her in there and dig her paw every hour, also feed her soft much food and baby kitten biscuits (if you are feeding this food) cat milk, not sure why she advised this, infact Idont understand any of this 'breeders' advise, apart from she has no idea about kittens!!

    you can buy some cimi-cat or royal canin do one and mix it in with kiten milk, it will have lots of vitamins that she is meant to be getting from mum for the next 6weeks.

    I would also crate her at night for the litter training process, little bed / food /water / tray so she has no option but to use the tray, this isnt for ever remember though! just until you trust her enough around the house.

    have you taken her to the vets yet?
     
  15. littlemissnawtie

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    Sasha is using the litter box now without me even putting her there. Shes eating solids (kitten pouch food), she prefers that than the kitten milk that was given to me when she came to me, but she still has that as well. I was given a box of dry food, cat litter, kitten pouches and cat milk. Shes had a bit of everything in small moderation.

    Shes okay around the house, i took her downstairs for ten minutes while i got a drink, shes exploring it, and then when i take her back upstairs. she knows to come into my room. i will put random litter boxes downstairs, but right now she stays in my room just so she gets used to us all.

    Ive not taken her to the vet yet, i looked on the internet as to recommended ages on how old to take her to vet, and by the looks of it they all say 8weeks and then at 12 weeks. But it might be sooner, shes sneezing randomly. in the time since ive had her, shes sneezed 6 times.
     
  16. gloworm*mushroom

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    These dates look to be for vaccinations. I imagine these sites assume that the kittens are staying with mum til the very least 8 weeks. She shouldnt be away from mum, never mind at the vet, but, she is...
     
  17. littlemissnawtie

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    Oh right, Well i dont know, should i take her to the vet? shes okay, just the odd sneezing. Shes eating well and playing and sleeping.
     
  18. gloworm*mushroom

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    I've never had kittens that young sneezing. I wouldnt like to suggest either way, as there are risks either way.
     
  19. lizward

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    So the "breeder" can think of all this and still dispose of the kitten at 6 weels? :mad: :mad: :mad:
     
  20. lizward

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    Absolutely. There have been a few people here recently talking about getting six week old kittens and I look at mine and wonder how on earth anyone could separate them from their mums at that age :mad:

    Liz
     
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