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Help! Kitten crying every time we leave the room!

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Catmint · 13/09/2013 22:20

Is this normal?

What can I do to alleviate?

Do I need to sleep down here?

Kitten born 9/7. Today is first day here. Kitten seeking lots of cuddles. Which is lovely but....can I actually go to bed?

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thecatneuterer · 13/09/2013 22:28

This is why we always home kittens in pairs. They get very upset alone. Can he sleep with you?

cozietoesie · 13/09/2013 22:32

Missing Mum and the litter mates - today is the biggest change of its whole life after all.

Sort of depends on how soft a touch you are. I have mine sleeping with me but other posters adamantly refuse to allow such liberties and go for the tough love approach. Has s/he got a nice cosy fleece or blanket to sleep on ? If so, s/he'll likely settle once the light goes out and it's quieter. (More than you will, I suspect.)

Oh - and has there been any use of tray?

Catmint · 13/09/2013 22:35

Two wees, no poos.

Loads of cuddles, but now racing around like a good 'un!

DP doesn't want her in bed until we are confident about use of tray....I could sleep down here tonight but then what about tomorrow?

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Catmint · 13/09/2013 22:36

Yes has blanket, furry beanbag, basket ( wasn't hers but she has claimed already ).

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cozietoesie · 13/09/2013 22:39

Your call, Catmint. Grin If you want to leave her downstairs, make sure there's nothing lying around that's fragile and/or breakable spread her blanket somewhere in a safe looking spot (edge or corner or under something), close the door and head for the hills. I suspect you'll be lying awake listening but there you go.

Good on the tray use! She knows her duty.

Catmint · 13/09/2013 22:43

DP is working early. Kitten has flopped again.Smile

She will def be allowed to sleep with us once she is confident with tray. Tonight I think I may be up and down. Takes me back to when dd was tiny! Grin

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Catmint · 13/09/2013 22:47

House is kitten proofed and we have installed draught excluders as "cat baffles" in vulnerable areas. She is absolutely marvellous and is now fast asleep by my head.

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cozietoesie · 13/09/2013 22:50

If she's already chosen the basket as her own, then I'd try her out downstairs. (You'd likely need another tray for upstairs if she slept up there, little bladders being what they are and her being in a strange place.)

I think it's worth the attempt.

cozietoesie · 13/09/2013 22:51

Hah! .... fast asleep by my head......

I sense someone under the paw already.


timtam23 · 13/09/2013 22:52

We let this one sleep with us (7 weeks when we took him in) and he was fine at using the litter tray

When my old cat was a tiny kitten I used to wrap a heated wheatbag in a blanket or flannelette sheet & put it into a box for her to snuggle up to

Scarletohello · 13/09/2013 22:53

This is such a cute thread! I look forward to hearing the adventures of kitty. What are you going to call her..( and post pics, she adds hopefully..?)

timtam23 · 13/09/2013 22:53

Should have said we currently have 3 litter trays - 1 up, 1 down and one in the hallway (small house so nowhere else to put the extra one!)

Catmint · 13/09/2013 22:59

Thank you Cozie, I think I just need to know from a 3rd party that it is not cruel. It feels okay, obviously if crying is prolonged I will come down.

Tbh, I have visited this kitten several times and she appears to have speed-bonded to me....lots of cuddles, purrs and paddy-pawing on me.

Ps we chose 1 kitten because we can provide for her and give a safe, secure home. We would not be able to guarantee the same for 2.

We are not inexperienced cat owners, but is a very long time since we had a kitten.

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crazynanna · 13/09/2013 23:00

I took my girl to bed with me on night 1 with litter tray, food and water on the bedroom floor. She snuggled under the quilt by my thigh. Up and down all night crying for biscuits, having to put her down and lift her back up as she couldn't get back on.
Only now aged 2 has she decided yo sleep all over the house...after kisses and cuddles for 10 minutes of course

Catmint · 13/09/2013 23:02

Scarlett, her name is Meg White, after the drummer in the band the White Stripes. Also, my dd has a bosom friend toy who is a cat called Mog, who is part of the family. So... Meg & Mog just fits.

Have totally outed myself here!

Pics on my profile for all to see, I will add more soon.

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NationMcKinley · 13/09/2013 23:03

Envy I want a kitten

Catmint · 13/09/2013 23:03

Thank you all for your help. I need a wee so may try sneaking out now.....will update tomorrow.

Night night

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kiriwawa · 13/09/2013 23:03

I'm a meanie - I lock my kittens in a room downstairs but they have had the odd accident (despite 3 litter trays!) and it's all carpeted upstairs. Plus I know they'd wake us up at 5am :o

There's 2 of them though so they're quite happy curling up together

cozietoesie · 13/09/2013 23:05

Keep checking that car engine, Nation !


AmberLeaf · 13/09/2013 23:06

Oh she is very pretty!

Silverfoxballs · 13/09/2013 23:06

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Scarletohello · 13/09/2013 23:08

Oh soooo cute! If it was mine I'd want it to sleep with me...


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kiriwawa · 13/09/2013 23:08

Oh she's adorable!

Purpleknickers · 13/09/2013 23:14

What a cutie , the first night is always worrisome but so worth it

NationMcKinley · 14/09/2013 00:08

cozie ha! Grin

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