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SaDo12 Tue 05-Sep-17 20:51:51

We are getting a kitten in October (beyond excited!). Any tips at all massively appreciated!!

MoonlightandMusic Tue 05-Sep-17 22:26:42

Congratulations!

Tips, hmm:
Keep them in a small area at first, only gradually expand this as they become confident (could be anything from a couple of days to a week or so, depending on kitten)
Show them the litter tray first off
Get a scratching post to save your furniture
A stick with string and something fluffy tied to end works wonders, no need to shell out on toys (also good distraction from furniture)
Have a 'safe space' or two they can retreat into when they need to (could be a 'roofed' cat bed, or under a sofa or similar)

Oh, and, most important - start practicing sitting in uncomfortable positions for a long time - you will need this ability when the kitten falls asleep on you and you don't have the heart to move them. grin

Allergictoironing Wed 06-Sep-17 08:37:43

Congratulations! Breed or rescue?

Remove all breakables from every single surface the kitten may have access to - remember that they can climb and jump much higher than you'd think.
Don't even think about replacing any curtains in the house until the kitten has grown up properly.
Remember that they shouldn't go out until they have been spayed/neutered as well as all their injections.
If you ever let them in the bedroom overnight, be prepared for that to last a lifetime!

theliverpoolone Wed 06-Sep-17 16:18:15

I second the 'remove all breakables' advice (currently have 2 bonkers kittens charging round after each other!) Make sure they can't get into any rooms/cupboards you haven't kitten-proofed - they are very quick and will get in anywhere they can. And don't bother spending money on a bed - mine ignore the lovely one I bought, and the snug box/blanket we made, and sleep where they choose!

Have one more litter tray than you think you need. They won't use a used one, so if you're out they may wee/poo elsewhere if the litter tray has already been used.

Oh, and I wouldn't have a Christmas tree this year!!

SaDo12 Wed 06-Sep-17 17:40:04

Thanks so much. We are very much in the looking stage and have a few feelers out. We are hoping to get a girl kitten and apparently she's going to be called Izzy (according to DD).
Will be making notes so we are all prepared.

TonicAndTonic Wed 06-Sep-17 17:47:51

Lots of good advice here! With the scratching post, use dangled string to encourage the kitten to interact with the post until it gets the hang of using it. Some cats will happily use a litter tray more than once, but others won't, and a spares always useful! Remove any pot plants from kitty's reach, they get chewed/dug up/kicked over and quite a few common ones are poisonous.

Oh, and my girl kitten sprouted a fine pair of little furry balls not long after we got him! grin

TonicAndTonic Wed 06-Sep-17 17:49:53

One more thing - toilet roll tubes and wine corks make great kitten toys, especially on hard floors!

SaDo12 Wed 06-Sep-17 22:16:27

TonicandTonic that happened the last time I had a kitten. My uncle promised it was a boy - we soon found out it was a little girl smile

SaDo12 Sun 10-Sep-17 16:40:03

We got a picture of our kitten yesterday. Do cute!!!
DD has already bought a cat collar, bowl and we are going through basic cat care with her!!!

chemenger Sun 10-Sep-17 17:08:35

I would ditch the collar. There is no good reason to put a collar on a cat and they can cause injuries.

EachandEveryone Sun 10-Sep-17 17:55:52

Photos are a must

SaDo12 Sun 10-Sep-17 19:26:59

Sorry I didn't know the issue with collars. Will post pictures

chemenger Mon 11-Sep-17 07:04:19

What you need for kittens - sturdy jeans for when they climb your legs to see why their food is taking so long, something to stand on to retrieve them from the top of the curtains, a bladder of steel for when they snuggle in under your chin purring just as you were about to go to the loo and patient friends for when you tell them all the funny things they do (that's what MNs for smile, we never tire of kitten tales and pictures). There is a ton of good advice on here when the kittens arrive (and often given more kindly than my snippy collar comment, sorry about that).

SaDo12 Mon 11-Sep-17 18:45:19

Chemenga honestly any advice at all. Have had a cat before but she never ever went out !
We are really giddy with the new addition to our family. She/he is still with her mum as she is young. But hopefully will be picking her up at half term. Something to get me through the next weeks of teaching 😀

EachandEveryone Tue 12-Sep-17 08:29:16

Aw is she from a friend? You know two is better than one don't you just saying nonother advice really. I have a 16 week old and a year old. They are great fun. They will wake you up early. You might want to think about cat proofing your garden. They love a tunnel. Join zooplus.

RubbishMantra Tue 12-Sep-17 17:02:24

The time will go very slowly for you until picking her up in October. Izzy's a lovely name, I have an Izzle.

As well as what everyone else has said I'd recommend:

Flying Frenzy or DaBird toys - brilliant for tiring them out, and keeps claws and teeth away from toes and fingers.

They'll adapt to using a lidded litter tray, just take the door flap off until she's confident in there.

Get kitten microchipped same time as neutering, just as important for indoor cats.

Block any small gaps such as under kitchen units and fireplaces.

Aaaannd, you have a picture, you say? Post it on here!

Nomoresunshine Tue 12-Sep-17 17:03:40

Practice sitting with a brewfor an hour or two. .
Once she gets comfy on your legs it will be a sin to move her. . .

SaDo12 Tue 12-Sep-17 19:09:13

This may be tempting fate but here you are

EachandEveryone Tue 12-Sep-17 19:25:12

Ha no wonder you are only getting one shes a posh cat! Just gorgeous. She looks tiny i forget how small they are.

SaDo12 Tue 12-Sep-17 20:00:15

I don't think she/he is posh. Her brothers and sisters are all black and white???

Olliver27 Tue 12-Sep-17 20:27:02

She's adorable smile

The most important thing is to have her microchipped when she's getting her vaccines, and neutered at 6 months old. Even if she's a house cat, accidents and escapes happen!

Covered litter trays make cat ownership so much easier, with a young kitten just sellotape the flap of the tray up for the first few days so she gets used to hopping in and out. Gently rubbing her front paws in the clean litter when you get her home will show her where the tray is, and that it's a nice place to dig (and therefore toilet).

Get her addicted to Dreamies from the start (not that it takes any effort) and you will have a cat who comes to you every time she hears the bag shake. And get a strong tin for the Dreamies, they will open packets without a second thought.

This is the favourite toy in our house at the moment. We had to get two of these because they kept fighting over the first one!

LegArmpits Tue 12-Sep-17 20:30:48

Practise swearing really loudly 😂

EachandEveryone Tue 12-Sep-17 23:30:04

Order loads of stuff from Amazon just to get the boxes then nearly break your neck clambering over them.

Can you not get two for when you are at work? Those cheap cardboard scratchers work well for mine and also the door mats from Poundland.

Have you got a vet lined up? Ive heard PAH are good and id have gone to them if i wasnt already signed up with Medivet.

Passmethecrisps Thu 14-Sep-17 09:00:49

What a beaut! I hope you don't mind a thread pinch OP but we are in the same position. We took ownership of two rescue kittens yesterday. They were born in shelter to a very anxious mum so they themselves are very anxious.

We have them in the utility room at the moment and they are hiding behind the washing machine. Dd had her breakfast in there this morning.

Should we just leave them to it? Or is there anything else we could do to help socialise them?

EachandEveryone Fri 15-Sep-17 18:11:07

Too early I'd leave them too it maybe just go in and out as you would normally

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