Baby Cat!

(68 Posts)
RubbishMantra Mon 14-Apr-14 15:59:39

Just wanted to share the adorable cuteness of the future addition to our family. Have to wait until mid June before he can come home. <bounces impatiently>

cozietoesie Mon 14-Apr-14 16:26:45

Wee stick. How old is he now?

(I suspect you're going to have your work cut out with that one, by the way - look at the stance he's taking!)

itsnothingoriginal Mon 14-Apr-14 16:31:10

Awwww he's so sweet smile

I would be v excited too!!

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 14-Apr-14 16:42:37

Very cute, massive paws too.

What name have you picked?.

17leftfeet Mon 14-Apr-14 16:50:36

what breed is he? he looks curly!

RubbishMantra Mon 14-Apr-14 18:18:43

He's a Devon Rex, four weeks old. We think he looks like a Moses. We're completely smitten already! grin

cozietoesie Mon 14-Apr-14 18:59:32

He is gorgeous.

PipkinsPal Mon 14-Apr-14 19:04:58

He looks gorgeous and feisty. Moses is a wonderful name for your
kitty-to-be.

RubbishMantra Mon 14-Apr-14 19:18:10

Here's a photograph that shows how curly he is - he puts me in mind of a little lamb. Thank you for all the lovely things you've all said about him! <bursts with pride>

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 14-Apr-14 19:24:32

I'm guessing you have lots of photos grin

Keep them as comparison for when he's a hulking great adult.

cozietoesie Mon 14-Apr-14 19:26:18

He's going to be one serious tom.

SheherazadeSchadenfreude Mon 14-Apr-14 19:50:36

Moses is a good name - I knew a lovely cat once called Moishele (which is the Yiddish diminutive).

Oh. My. God! He is BEAUTIFUL!
I've never seen a Devon Rex before - he's like a very minute lamb! grin

RubbishMantra Thu 05-Jun-14 17:47:05

Only two more sleeps and then Mantrakitten will be living with us! grin It's been a long, impatient 12 weeks!

Here he is, waving to everybody on The Litter Tray grin

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 05-Jun-14 18:20:23

He will rule you with an iron paw! What will you call him?

RubbishMantra Thu 05-Jun-14 18:31:54

Well, we were going to call him Moses, but when we went to meet him, we thought he was more of an Avey.

He hasn't got much fur on his body, so the shaggy hair on his legs looks like legwarmers grin

isseywithcats Thu 05-Jun-14 18:54:59

hes georgous

cozietoesie Thu 05-Jun-14 19:06:30

He's quite something. Saturday is it?

RubbishMantra Thu 05-Jun-14 19:10:17

Yes, Saturday smile

So excited that I even had a dream about him last night. Is that mental? hmm

cozietoesie Thu 05-Jun-14 19:11:32

Quite, quite mental. But entirely appropriate! He's going to be a big part of your life for many years to come.

smile

RubbishMantra Fri 06-Jun-14 13:48:38

Do you think it best to let him sleep in our room, with the door shut? Rather than leaving him and Mantracat unsupervised to start with? I've ruled out kitchen for kitten as cats food, tray etc. are kept there. The only other available room is spare bedroom.

I know many advocate keeping them apart for a week/weeks, but this wouldn't be practical as our house is a: tiny b: fairly open plan. I'm anticipating Mantracat may well give kitten a tap on the head to show him the pecking order and put him in his place. They're both boys, and Mantracat isn't at all territorial, and Devons are supposedly easygoing by nature, so hopefully they will get along...

cozietoesie Fri 06-Jun-14 14:14:26

I've never had a personal cat/kitten that didn't make its way to the bed as a matter of right on the first night. But I don't know Devons. Where does Mantracat normally sleep?

RubbishMantra Fri 06-Jun-14 14:33:38

Mantracat sleeps where the fancy takes him, sometimes in the living room, the spare room and under our bed, never on/in it, though he is welcome to if he wants. I suppose his favourite place is his radiator hammock. I've bought another one for Mantrakitten so there won't be any fights over it wink.

Apparently Devons love sleeping in the bed, partly due to them not being too blessed in the fur department.

cozietoesie Fri 06-Jun-14 14:36:49

I'd take him to bed then. (I wouldn't be able to resist it to be honest.)

RubbishMantra Fri 06-Jun-14 14:58:55

That's decided then grin

cozietoesie Fri 06-Jun-14 15:02:50

Good luck then. Oh - and I'd put a tray in the room for safety's sake just in case all the excitement puts too great a strain on a little bladder. (You can always move it once doors are open etc.)

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 06-Jun-14 20:37:18

How many hours to go?

cozietoesie Fri 06-Jun-14 20:52:30

Just thinking - maybe put an old cardboard box in the room with - say - an old fleece or blanket in it just in case he would like to use that. If it's untouched you can always disassemble it eventually and remove it but if he takes to it you could shift it around the house as his bed.

(I say this hopefully - I tried it once with a previous Siamese boy and he thought it was a great game. Prior to going to bed, crawling under the duvet and falling fast asleep that is. Still - you might get it to work.)

Harry1603 Fri 06-Jun-14 21:00:54

He's gorgeous!

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 06-Jun-14 21:00:54

I locked mine in the kitchen on his first night because I was determined he wasn't going to be allowed on the bed.

It didn't really pan out as I hoped.

Harry1603 Fri 06-Jun-14 21:03:26

We kept the hall door shut the first night we brought Harry home. He meowed and scratched at the door so we gave in - he came in, had a look around the bedroom and went back to the living room!

However during the day our bed is his bed...

RubbishMantra Fri 06-Jun-14 21:12:14

Thanks cozie, will try him with one of those sock/igloo bed things, it will give the same effect as a box & fleece? Mantracat staunchly refuses to use any sort of cat bed apart from his radiator bed. And yes, 2 more litter trays at the ready, one on the landing, one in the bedroom.

grin @ Fluffycat. He looks so content! Only 17 hours to go until Mantrakitten! <impatient>

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 06-Jun-14 21:16:48

I got a dog bed for ours, it's deeper than a cat one & big enough for him to stretch out in.

I figured cats will pinch a dogs basket if they can so i may as well not bother buying a cat one.

cozietoesie Fri 06-Jun-14 21:31:35

He's so looooonnnngggg Fluffy.

smile

(An igloo thing should be fine, Rubbish. I would fully expect him to ignore it though!)

RubbishMantra Fri 06-Jun-14 21:50:07

How do they stretch themselves out like that? Mine can double his length when stretched out like that. Must have rubber spines?

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 06-Jun-14 22:08:06

It's to stop us getting any of the bed. If you buy a bigger bed they expand widthways too, just to have the last word.

RubbishMantra Fri 06-Jun-14 22:13:14

grin

Or they sit on your lap holding your leg in a death-grip with their claws. Then biting if I have the audacity to even blink.

cozietoesie Sat 07-Jun-14 10:04:06

All ready for this afternoon?

smile

RubbishMantra Sat 07-Jun-14 22:57:54

He's asleep on my lap [melting love emoticon] after non stop playing and leaping. And standing on my plate to try to steal my dinner grin.

He did an impressive sideways victory boogie after pooing in the tray grin

Mantracat hissed at him and is a bit sulky, am desperately hoping they become friends. I thought he'd take to him instantly sad

cozietoesie Sat 07-Jun-14 23:04:36

A hiss and a bit of a sulk is actually not unpromising. (It could be a lot worse.) Maybe get some Dreamies in or something similarly toothsome and give Mantracat one when Mantrakitten appears?

Is he to sleep in bed tonight? (If he's anything like a Siamese, by the way, he'll likely sleep through, even though he's a kitten and full of it - but as I said, I don't know Devons.)

cozietoesie Sat 07-Jun-14 23:17:53

Oh - and I forgot to add. There's almost no greater pleasure than a Sunday afternoon snooze with a kitten. All of mine have been waiting on the bed by mid-afternoon - so pencil out an hour on Sundays in your diary for a bit. smile

RubbishMantra Sun 08-Jun-14 04:32:26

DH is upstairs in bed kipping with Mantrakitten.

I am downstairs whilst Mantracat has an early morning excursion. (usually keep him in 'til morning, but am administering to his whims ATM)

On the upside, Mcat is now meowing sweetly @ Mkitten.

Downside - I am awake @ stupid o' clock & I smell of kitten poo - Mkitten is clumsy with his toilette

I love my smelly awesome cats! grin

cozietoesie Sun 08-Jun-14 05:46:07

(Also awake at stupid o'clock for various reasons.)

..... & I smell of kitten poo......

Oops. How did that happen?

RubbishMantra Sun 08-Jun-14 11:16:52

You haven't taken in a secer

RubbishMantra Sun 08-Jun-14 11:22:05

You haven't taken in a secret kitten have you cozie?

He slept all night between me & DH grin, and I swear he smiled at me when I woke up! He seems as smitten as we are smile

Will take some photographs later.

cozietoesie Sun 08-Jun-14 12:03:38

Yep - sleeping through like a Siamese. (If the common characteristic holds true, that will be a permanent feature rather than just an exhausted reaction to all of yesterday's events. They adopt human rhythms really fast - apart from the occasional blip when hormones first kick in and before neutering.)

How is the 'toilette' going this morning? You may have to give a little bit of leeway for small paws trying to use the litter tray: they're not always, initially, as competent as an older cat. Did he aim in the right place, anyway?

smile

RubbishMantra Sun 08-Jun-14 12:26:48

Oops, sorry, misunderstood, I read your post as you also smelt of kitten poo! grin

He stood in his poo after using his tray, then tracked it around the house a bit before I noticed. Apart from that, he's using the trays like a pro! smile <proud>

cozietoesie Sun 08-Jun-14 13:43:24

Not this time - although Seniorboy (and others) have been known to have the odd accident in the past which has caused a slight odour! Goes with the territory. grin

Standing in your poo on the first day is entirely forgivable, I think. Just keep things clean and also, maybe, keep an eye on poo consistency ? He'll likely have had a little wobble in his intake (food, water, micro-mumble) through changing houses which could make his poo a little softer than normal. (Normal poo shouldn't really be soft enough to track much.) Nothing to worry about unless he develops a squitter - just keep a weather eye on it for a few days.)

Sounds good.

smile

RubbishMantra Sun 08-Jun-14 15:09:13

Yes, his poo is a little softer than it should be. He's refusing to eat any biscuits, apparently the same brand the breeder fed him (Royal Canin). I suppose I'll give him more wet food. He completely ignores the biscuits, as if they're not even food. I could try moistening them with hot water.

He's perched on my shoulder having a little sleep after spending all morning tearing about. grin He's so bold and full of beans!

cozietoesie Mon 09-Jun-14 22:56:55

How's it going?

RubbishMantra Tue 10-Jun-14 13:27:25

I can only get him to eat biscuits by mixing them in with his food...He's had two vet checks, so no palate/mouth problems.

They're beginning to make friends now, less hissing from Mcat and a bit of tentative playing together, and meowing to each other.

He's bought some fleas with him, which although are eradicated from him (& Mcat had a treatment too) some seem to have escaped into the house, and made a meal of my legs sad I see by the other threads others are having this problem too.

cozietoesie Tue 10-Jun-14 13:41:07

I reckon that that is called 'training your new owner' ! grin (My boys have always tried that on with me but probably without realizing that after years of Siamese, I'm stronger willed even than they are.) I wouldn't worry about it though if he's had his vet checks - some cats just much prefer wet food and if that's OK by you, then all is good.

Good about him and Mcat although a bummer about the fleas - probably a good idea to let the breeder know in a gentle way. They should be calm about being told about fleas if they're a decent breeder but sending a kit away with a case of them is not such good news.

How's his poo doing?

cozietoesie Tue 10-Jun-14 13:45:20

PS - if you've got spare kibble around, try putting it in a food foraging toy to make it fun? You can make them yourself or buy a cheap and cheerful plastic one online or in a store.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 10-Jun-14 13:45:37

Are you meant to soften the biscuits? Mine wouldn't eat them & when I read the pack its said to soften them.

RubbishMantra Tue 10-Jun-14 14:15:28

Poo still a tad squishy cozie, but no squits smile I kind of expected that as he's been getting used to a new wet food. Am putting a little water in it to make sure he remains nicely hydrated.

I've tried moistening his biscuits Fluffy, still not interested. I'll pick up a few sample pouches from PaH next time I go there, see if I can tempt him with something else.

Here's a photo of him playing with his feet - it's difficult to take a picture of him, as he's either tearing about or asleep on me grin

cozietoesie Tue 10-Jun-14 14:20:44

I'd have said he was playing with his tail. (It's called the 'Let me pin it down and see if it will try to move' game - hours of endless fun!) Human kids are at a distinct disadvantage by not having one.

The poo sounds OK. You'd expect a likely small change after a different home, diet and water - and no squits sounds promising.

Psypher Tue 10-Jun-14 15:06:55

Oh, he is properly gorgeous, isn't he......

RubbishMantra Tue 10-Jun-14 21:16:28

Thank you Psypher <proud>

Yup cozie, he starts playing with feet, he has very long, lanky back legs, then gets distracted by his tail...

Here he is, getting confused by feet and tails again grin

CatteLady Tue 10-Jun-14 22:51:44

He's gorgeous. Looks like a real character too!

RubbishMantra Sun 15-Jun-14 18:34:20

Thank you Catte smile

Here he is being a bumblebee grin

He's now snoozing on my lap after spending all afternoon beating up a paper bag. He is mental. grin

He's just delightful, and Mcat is now becoming fond of him and deigning to play with him. <basks in lovely cat love>

cozietoesie Sun 15-Jun-14 18:37:13

Lovely wee soul - and I'm pleased that Mantracat is becoming fond of him. How old is MC ? (I forget.)

something2say Sun 15-Jun-14 18:56:52

Moar pictures!!!

RubbishMantra Sun 15-Jun-14 19:21:14

MC is coming up to four cozie, so still a baby himself really. He's snoozing next to us on the sofa.

Moar pictures!!! Why not something smile Here is the devilishly handsome MC and a sleepy MK.

cozietoesie Sun 15-Jun-14 19:37:21

He's only a young cat then - he'll likely enjoy some playing.

smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 15-Jun-14 19:40:59

MC looks quite rakish.

PumpkinsMummy Mon 16-Jun-14 19:30:37

squeee he is amazing! I have a smoky tortie devon, they are the most fabulous cats. The noises they make are the best! My girl isn't as affectionate as your boy tho, it's all on her terms and she prefers DH (the little traitor, she obviously doesn't know how hard I pestered him for her) but she is so soft and lovely when she deigns to cuddle me. Oh, and keep the pics coming please!!

RubbishMantra Mon 23-Jun-14 05:42:24

Thank you for the squee. smile Lovely to hear from somebody else who has a Devon. They really are the most sweet, self assured/chilled out little beings aren't they? A brilliant companion to my neurotic moggie with behavioural issues

And yes, MC most definitely enjoying some tearing about the house with MK. furry buggers woke me up They are having a noisy great game with an empty cigarette packet and a large and noisy paper bag. Clearly much better than their vast selection of toys...

They are now having a staring competition, chasing up and down stairs, wrestling match mash up. It's like watching a feline martial arts movie! And I don't even mind that they woke me up two hours before my alarm... <cat love emoticon>

RubbishMantra Wed 25-Jun-14 20:43:57

Here he is posing in his new threads, and checking out his new snuggle bag.

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