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New Ragdoll kitten yowling and crying constantly

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Darcy1234, Oct 16, 2019.


  1. Darcy1234

    Darcy1234 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi

    I brought home my Ragdoll kitten 3 days ago and I am becoming increasingly concerned with her behaviour, which from everything I have read is very unusual for that breed. She’s 12 weeks old.

    She didn’t eat or drink anything for the first 24 hours and was extremely scared, not leaving her bed and hissing if I went near.

    Her appetite has slowly improved over the last two days but she is getting increasingly more loud in her crying / yowling. It’s pretty much constant except for when she is sleeping. It’s deafeningly loud.

    I have tried to comfort her by sitting near her bed and talking to her but it doesn’t seem to be working at all. I’ve read conflicting advice about whether it’s better to try to comfort or ignore so as not to encourage bad behaviour.

    I’m also concerned that she’s quite skittish and not seeking any kind of attention from me at all, again especially considering her breed.

    I’m starting to get very anxious about the whole situation and wondering if things will get better, how and when.

    Any advice gratefully received.
     
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    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Hello and welcome

    We just need a few more details which might helps answer the problem for you :)


    Has she been checked over by the vet?
    Has she been wormed etc?
    Did the breeder have her in the house with human contact?
    What are you feeding her and how much are you feeding her?

    Does she play with you when you play with toys example string or little balls?
    How much time is she on her own?
     
  3. Darcy1234

    Darcy1234 PetForums Newbie

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    According to her breeder she has not been to the vet yet but has been de-wormed and de-fleed. I have made an appointment to take her on Monday (ie a week after getting her) on the advice of the vet.

    When I visited her she was set up in a bedroom with her mum and dad and brothers and sisters. I understand she had human contact, although I am not sure how much.

    I am feeding her the same kitten food she was being given at her breeder’s (Royal Canin) and a mix of wet and dry. As she wasn’t eating when she arrived I have just been leaving out a bowl of each with some water, replacing the wet food every few hours, just so she has free choice.

    She will play with me for a little while but only if I lift her out of her bed and take her to a different room, otherwise she won’t leave her bed. I can sometimes hear her playing alone but she generally hide in her bed when I approach.

    So far she hasn’t been on her own at all, except at night when I am in a different room with the door closed.

    Thanks
     
  4. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Ok :)

    I would get her to the vet soon just to rule out health problems. Try keep the first visit to the vets a positive one by given her something yummy before during and after plus familiar bedding in with her if that’s possible, if not a towel with her scent on or a soft toy, ask for a quiet slot at the vets.

    It does sound as if she hasn’t had much human contact, so she might be frightened. imagine if you were suddenly looked after by giants you would be pretty scared too.

    So I suggest, slowly gently is the way, play is the best interaction with kittens, long ribbon where she can play and chase. Talk softy and move slowly. Cats love gentle music too, or just read out aloud in the same room as her.
    Talk to her as much as you can and include her name often.
    Try keep the tv down, if you have children ask them to follow you and be gentle calm around her, allow her to nosey around obviously keep the bathroom door shut because of the toilet. She will venture out.

    I would slowly get rid of the dried food and have good quality wet kitten food which again needs to be introduced slowly so she doesn’t get an upset tummy. She will also feel more contented on a full tummy. Kittens need a lot of moisture. She needs to associate you with food! Your good to see, you bring her lovely things!

    Have two litter trays for her, one for poop other for wee wee’s :) and as long as her health is ok it will all come right.

    As long as she is healthy all will be ok.

    Stick around and other will come along and help, plus we’d love to see a photo of her :D
     
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    Darcy1234 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you!

    My main concern at the moment is the noises she makes. She’s either crying softly to herself or yowling at the top of her lungs. I’m not sure whether to comfort her or ignore her? On the rare occasion she ventures out she wanders around yowling loudly and doesn’t come anywhere near me. It’s especially bad at night.
     
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    Was this a registered breeder? Uncommon for a kitten not to see the vet 2-3 times before leaving - for vaccinations, microchip and neutering. And it’s against the rules depending on the association so you may be able to report the breeder.

    Also unusual for both parent cats to be in the same room.

    While some kittens won’t use the tray or eat for 24 hours, they should settle quickly. I would not shut her out at night, she’s left her family and struggling to settle, putting her in a room alone won’t help.
    Have you asked the breeder for advice? They should be there to offer advice and answer any questions.
     
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    Can't add any more to the excellent advice already given. It's concerning she hasn't seen the vet with the breeder, the set up sounds extremely dodgy.

    She sounds like she's very scared and anxious, I would advise no sudden movements and talking with gentle voices where possible. Her socialisation appears to be minimal
     
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    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Oh bless her, it sounds as if she is calling for her siblings, so if it were me I would sit in the room with her and try and stroke her, tickle her tummy and talk gently, she needs reassurance really.

    At bed time, it is a case of bed! Your not doing any wrong so don’t worry, just take th8ngs slowly and get her to the vets soon just to be sure!
     
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    Darcy1234 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you all for the advice. I think you are right that maybe she hasn’t had much human socialisation. Hopefully that’s something she will eventually overcome?

    I know you can’t ever predict a cat’s temperament, and I will of course love her whatever, however the reason I specifically chose Ragdoll was because of their calm and affectionate nature. I suffer from anxiety so a nervous and upset (and loud!) kitten is really stressing me out, possibly more than it should be. I just want that close loving relationship I’ve read so much about.
     
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    You have us now for support :) talk as much as you want.

    I have had animals all my life, never been a worrier, but my middle cat came to me so very ill, not planned at all. I was so stressed over her and she cried a lot too. Because she needed me so much and I had to really look after her, we formed such a bond. She is the love of my life. This will happen for you too.

    So you will get through this I promise. Start taking photos of her daily and you look back even in one week you will see a difference, this will help you too.
    She is more frightened than you right now, so learn together and all will be fine.

    :)
     
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    Did you research the breeder? Check the registration, breed required health tests on the cats?
    Good breeders breed for temperament, if this was a byb it explains why things haven’t been done as they should.
     
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    Rufus15 ~ Orrono Maine Coons ~

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    To further @spotty cats point, breeds are generally predictable in temperament so usually a registered kitten from a good breeder is a safe bet for temperament
     
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    Darcy1234 PetForums Newbie

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    I bought her via Pets4Home website which I understood had certain requirements for selling through? In retrospect maybe I should have researched more and asked more questions, but I saw her and fell in love.

    Ps as I write this she has approached me on her own and curled up next to me on the sofa. Progress!
     
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    Darcy1234 PetForums Newbie

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    Also, I did meet her mum and dad when I visited and both had lovely temperaments, so I am hoping it’s more an issue of not having had much human contact as opposed to her generally not having a sociable loving nature.
     
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    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    It does sound as if she is not from a reputable breeder, but you have her now and we must move forward and help her and you.

    I would definitely get her to the vets soon for a check up.

    The fact she has come to you is a huge step forward :D she needs comfort and is seeking you for that!


    How lovely, enjoy this moment :) oh and take a photo :Snaphappy
     
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    I take that to mean you’ve got no registration papers or health info. A little research could have saved a lot of money and potentially heartbreak that comes with supporting bybs.

    You’ll need to dna test for HCM and PKD, along with fiv/felv testing, the routine vaccines, chip and spaying.
     
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    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    @spotty cats is correct and you will need to have tests done to check her health and take things from there.

    Do you have a good Vets?
     
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    Pets4Homes is not a reliable source for kittens, there are no regulations of sales on the site. It's a case of buyer beware and unfortunately a lack of research has sent you to a backyard breeder
     
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    I don’t have any papers no. I have arranged to take her to my local on Monday. How do I know if it’s a good one?

    I am annoyed with myself because I feel like I did lots of research but then didn’t realise something wasn’t right when I visited. But I guess it’s too late now and in a way at least I know she will be looked after now.
     
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    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Often a recommendation from other animal owners in your area is a useful way to find out about local practices, but it’s important to find one that suits your own needs and those of your animals. Blue Cross has a page on their website with some advice to think about when choosing a veterinary practice advice to think about when choosing a veterinary practice.

    When choosing a veterinary practice, you should look for clean, well-maintained premises with adequate consulting and waiting areas. All staff should be friendly, approachable, neat and efficient. The practice is a business and should appear well-organised with consultation times clearly displayed.


    Hope this above helps, I like to find a vet reasonably close to me in cases of emergencies.

    I would ask the receptionist for the vet who specialises in feline care. You will need to give your vet as much information you have about your kitten, what the breeder says she has had done ( worm, flea treatment ) if you have any sort of paper work take it with you. Explain your learnt fears of not buying from a reputable breeder and hopefully the vet will suggest a few tests

    Have you a cat carrier?
     
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