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MoreCrackThanHarlem Wed 11-Sep-13 21:57:06

I realise she's very young to leave Mum, but have little choice.
A family I work with have 10+ cats, including this kitten.
The others from the litter left at 5 weeks old sad
They are very keen to give her away as soon as they can. I persuaded them to keep her for the extra fortnight, but if I don't take her on Friday she will be homeless.
They do not have a litter tray, so the cats wee and poo in the house. She has been eating solid food, mainly given to her by Mum Cat, who has been taking food from bins and bringing it home to eat with the kittens. They have not been wormed or de flea'd, and are quite skinny.

I feel the kitten would be better coming home with me, as they are financially unable to feed or care for her properly, but I am worried about her young age.
I have booked a vets appointment for Saturday.

What can I do to make the transition easy for her? I do work, but only school hours, and have the weekend to settle her in before I have to leave her alone. Am so nervous, and keen to do my best after her difficult start.

Any cat experts out there tonight?

cozietoesie Thu 12-Sep-13 03:34:49

Just thinking here - as she's coming from a chaotic home she'll likely need to be trained to her litter tray. (Cats are naturally very clean so it shouldn't be too difficult.)

It will probably mean you or DD spending some time with her one on one at the beginning. About 5 or 10 minutes after she's eaten, try to position her on her tray with a bit of paw scratching. If no go, then sit in the room with her, music or TV playing, and wait until you see her assume her position - then grab her and put her on the tray.

Lots of praise for tray use of course and clean it directly.

itsnothingoriginal Thu 12-Sep-13 14:44:23

I think it's wonderful you're taking her in and I know 7 weeks is young but I understand that if kittens are well socialised by 12 weeks this is a very good thing.

My kitten ate tonnes up until recently (5 months) but especially when she was on the cheaper food which I don't think filled her up as much. We keep the kitten kibble out and then give wet food twice a day.

We use the stuff we got from Cats Protection called Verdo wood pellet litter which is great. We get it online.

Catmint Thu 12-Sep-13 19:44:03

Cozie, how you can describe yourself as NOT an expert is beyond me! You quite clearly ARE an expert! smilegrinthanks

OP congrats on your new kitten, I get mine tomorrow too!

MoreCrackThanHarlem Thu 12-Sep-13 19:51:25

I have just finished setting up kitten's room. Have removed rugs and covered sofa in old sheets as I expect fleas. Vets booked for Saturday so hopefully they can sort any parasite problems.
Thanks everyone for all the advice, I'm sure I'll be back for more of it!

How long should the fleas take to clear up? I don't want an infestation in the house! Have bought a flea comb to get rid of as many as I can. Not sure how the vet will treat them.

MoreCrackThanHarlem Thu 12-Sep-13 19:52:51

And congratulations, Catmint! We can compare notes smile
Picking her up at 4ish. Have let dd name her, she has come up with some fab suggestions!

timtam23 Thu 12-Sep-13 22:31:37

MoreCrack I took in a stray kitten a few weeks ago, he was about 7 weeks old at the time and was absolutely crawling with fleas

I had a flea comb and managed to get a few but you have to be quick! I crushed each one straight into a bundle of tissues, although like cockroaches they are impossible to squash, and put the whole bundle straight into the dustbin

The vet then sprayed him with flea spray (he was too young & underweight for Frontline drops or similar) unfortunately he did not spray the kitten's head so all the remaining fleas migrated up to his head & neck where they hung around for a further 24 hrs until I had managed to chase & kill all visible ones with the aid of flea comb and more tissues

I then bathed him as he was very dirty & I had heard that this would reveal any remaining fleas as they dashed away from the water - I wouldn't usually bath a cat, but I thought he was small enough to hold still in the water - a few dead fleas floated off but no more live ones thank goodness, and 3 weeks on he has remained flea-free and squeaky-clean!

Good luck with yours and yes we will definitely need photos! (there are a couple of my kitten on my profile smile)

timtam23 Thu 12-Sep-13 22:34:02

oh and I got him at 9am and he was being fleacombed within an hour or so & at the vet's by 2.30pm as I couldn't bear the thought of fleas all over the house and infesting the other cats (have had this before and had to flea spray all the carpets & soft furnishings)

MoreCrackThanHarlem Thu 12-Sep-13 22:46:10

He is BEAUTIFUL timtam!
I have my flea comb and baby wipes at the ready. Will try to remove as many as I can by hand. Vets appointment is a whole 24 hours later, but I have covered soft furnishings in sheets and floor in cat's room is wooden so hopefully we will be flea free. I don't have other cats so at least I don't have the worry of further infestations.
I have also bought a kitten friendly, water free shampoo which smells lovely. Kitten's current home smells horrendous so am expecting her to be quite stinky!
Basket prepared with newspaper and an old towel ready for collection. I hope she's going to be ok. Nervous!

timtam23 Thu 12-Sep-13 22:52:32

Thank you MoreCrack smile - am looking forward to seeing your little one!

Catmint Thu 12-Sep-13 23:00:54

Morecrack yes I look forward to comparing notes. Don't forget to upload pics! Mine are on my profile already from a recent visit to kitten.

timtam23 Thu 12-Sep-13 23:09:52

Gorgeous, Catmint!

MoreCrackThanHarlem Thu 12-Sep-13 23:30:48

She is so pretty!
Think mine will be more black and white moggy smile
I know they are often more difficult to rehome, but my Mum has always had black and white cats and they have been full of personality.
Anyone willing to divulge cat names?

sashh Fri 13-Sep-13 07:54:42

The kitten needs a trip to the vet ASAP, if it has already got fleas they can kill a kitten, but none of the stuff you buy can be used on a small kitten so you need an expert, it shouldn't cost too much.

The vet I use would charge about £20 including a health check.

Could you take mum too (if you do bare in mind she might already be pregnant)

HansieMom Fri 13-Sep-13 20:19:49

You could give kitten a bath in a bowl of water. The fleas will crawl to her head so you can get them. Or try!

MoreCrackThanHarlem Fri 13-Sep-13 21:00:17

I am booked in tomorrow at vets.

Eating/drinking happily and playing with dd.
The fleas are noticeable but her fur is in good condition.
Not yet used the litter tray.
I had to bob to the supermarket and she slept on her blanket the whole time- exact same position when I returned home!

We are in love!

ZebraOwl Sat 14-Sep-13 02:10:49

It is fab you've taken the kitten in: I hope the vet appointment goes well & you're able to get her defleaed & litter-trained asap.

So sad the circumstances so many inner-city animals (including humans!) live in are so grim. My beloved moglets were from a litter cared for by a neighbour of mummycat's owner(s) after the poor girl decided that a stranger's loft was the best place to birth her umpteenth litter of kittens. I got them at just 8 weeks (rest of litter went at 7 weeks) & they adjusted quite fast to All The New Things.

MoreCrackThanHarlem Sat 14-Sep-13 09:38:12

She is still happy this morning.
She slept in her room without crying, but was very pleased to see me at 7am! She has wet on the sofa bed, but after picking her up numerous times and putting her in the tray we managed to get her first poo in there! No runny ness or sign of worms.
She loves the James Wellbeloved kitten food and is having a great time playing with dd,
Even dh is smitten.

MoreCrackThanHarlem Sat 14-Sep-13 09:40:09

And thanks everyone for your advice and experience.
I was not quite as daunted by the task ahead after reading all your posts smile

cozietoesie Sat 14-Sep-13 09:45:01

Pretty good going so far, then.

You'll feel better once she's been vetted. Let us know how she gets on.


cozietoesie Sat 14-Sep-13 09:55:07

By the way, try to stay alert on the use of tray front. A poo in the tray is excellent but training is likely to be a few days and not a few hours.

Shame about the sofa but given your description of the original house conditions, it could have been so much worse.

Catmint Sat 14-Sep-13 20:52:29

Hi morecrack, I am so pleased its going well, and that you are in love. grin

Kittens are so clever and funny aren't they, we have laughed so much as a family already today. Very happy.

Catmint Sat 14-Sep-13 20:54:13

Forgot to say, if you can find time please post a pic!

My cat is called Meg White, by the way, as you were asking about names.

timtam23 Sat 14-Sep-13 22:02:15

How did you get on at the vets MoreCrack?

MoreCrackThanHarlem Sat 14-Sep-13 22:38:45


Good news on the litter tray front. Boo has used it all day with no accidents. She's a clever girl smile

She is a little underweight, according to the vet, though her ears are clear of mites and her eyes are clean.
She is, however, riddled with fleas sad
The vet ran her comb through Boo's fur and the results were disgusting. She has been sprayed with a kitten friendly flea treatment, but tonight is very uncomfortable and scratchy. The fleas are much more noticeable than before- wandering around on her fur, particularly her face. I am picking and combing as many as I can. It's awful to see her so uncomfortable. She isn't purring when stroked like before.
Is this normal after treatment, do you think?

So cross that someone would allow their animals to become so infested. Poor thing.
I have booked her in for vacs on the 28th.

Hope your day has been a success too, Catmint. Has Kitten settled down at all?
Love Meg White!
I would have liked PJ, after PJ Harvey, but dh vetoed this and my 2nd choice, Penelope.
So dd chose Boudicca, nn Boo.
It suits her!

timtam23 Sat 14-Sep-13 23:04:58

good news about her general health smile and she has a lovely name

My 7-weeker was underweight as well but gained very quickly - 500g in 2 weeks

The fleas were still jumping around on my boy after the vet sprayed him, which I was surprised about as I'd thought they'd all be dead. They were mainly on his face & neck especially around his eyes & ears. I kept combing and combing, squashing & squashing the fleas, and the following day I gave him a bath (but by that time I was sure we'd got rid of virtually all the fleas, I thought it might flush out the one or two remaining ones)

He was definitely so much more comfortable once all the fleas had gone

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