New kitten added to our family at the weekend - she was 8 weeks yesterday, but the owners wanted to rehome the litter now as they were using the litter trays and only occasionally going back to mum for feeds no more than once a day, so we got her at 7 weeks and 5 days old. A little earlier than I had wanted, but thought she would be well with us as owners (who we know a little through a family member) were giving them normal milk and grown cat food ... she's now on kitten wet and some kiblle left down and WATER! Taking her to the vets for the first time tomorrow, so will know everything I need to know about having a kitten in the house then! We already have two older rescue cats, one of whom is fine with the kitten, the other hisses a little. We do keep them separate for now, only letting them in with her under our supervision. She has the run of the whole kitchen and is using the litter tray 80% of the time!! We've been picking her up and putting her on it when we've caught her in the act, and this morning, she went of her own accord
A little bit of hissing should be OK. Most mature cats work out fine with kittens after a bit (they're no threat to them) although there may be the odd closed-claw biff if they're getting exasperated, kittens being so 'On' all the time. The kitten won't pay much heed if that's the case because it's what their Mom would do.
Good luck at the vet tomorrow. From the sound of the previous owners, I bet they won't have thought about parasites etc. Are they to have Mom spayed now?
Flea- debugging and worming are too of my agenda for the vets ... Her bottom looks a little sore, and the people who had her let the mum bring in rabbits and magpies for the kittens to share (not to disparage farmers, but these particular ones who had this litter are pretty laid back about such things!) so yes, although she's very bright and sparky, I want to be sure she's not got anything gruesome going I inside ... She's eating well though, and having a number two once day ...