I may be adopting an 8 week old kitten and just realized I don't know what I'm doing lol. I've owned adult cats in the past but have never raised one from kittenhood. Any tips for me?
If it changes anything: I live in a house with an adult cat and two adult dogs who are friendly with cats (the younger dog can be a bit over-friendly, but if the cat "corrects" her with a bop on the head, she is respectful of that).
Most Helpful Guy
Usually they need feeding every 2 to 3 hours, by this point they are just learning to regulate their own body temperatures, so you may have to keep an eye on if their cold or hot by the feel of their bodies, if too cold you'll need to get them to a warmer area and hold them to warm them up and if too hot get them to an area of cooler temps roughly about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, also by now they should have learned how to poop and pee on their own, if they haven't you will have to take a lightly damp rag and wipe their tummies and pelvis in a motion that simulates licking, for mother cats lick them to help them go until they learn how to on their own. Also they can dehyrate easily in warmer areas so keep an eye on them. To be honest there is a lot to do, but once you do them a few times you get the hang of it pretty quickly, kittens as all baby animals and baby humans require time and attention and can be a handful but its worth it. Oh also hold them every so often because they need the love to help them grow mentally and helps make them calmer and helps them enjoy affection down the road more so then if they werent held much. Also if the baby is still nursing by bottle, you'll have to get a baby animal bottle with a thin nipple because they work best, also when they get older every so often they will suckle on your fingers and earlobes and such if they were seperated to early from their mother. So ask the person you get him or her from if they know how to going to the bathroom on their own yet and if they are still bottle feeding or if they have gone to soft solid foods and if they were seperated early from the mother. When they get old enough they will need their shots and neutering or spaying, it seems like a lot but once you start you'll realize it doesn't take too much to do those things and help him or her.0
Most Helpful Girl
I don't know if this works with a kitten or only when introducing adult cats, but smear anchovy paste on all of their faces. They may growl and hiss at each other, but they'll also be more interested in licking the anchovy paste off each others' faces than in fighting. :-) This would only work if the kitten is weaned, though.0