So we now have a cat

@dorannmwin (36698)
United States
February 9, 2010 1:01pm CST
My daughter yesterday decided to rescue a stray in our neighborhood. He looks to be about five to six months old. He is cream colored and small (he borders on being emaciated). Now, I've never had a cat in my life and I really don't know what to do with him beyond the feeding him and making sure that he has a litter box. I would appreciate any tips that you all have to offer because I'm not typically a cat person although I think this cat is cute. I'm waiting a few days to see if someone claims him and then I am going to schedule an appointment at the humane society to have him fixed.
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@Ginoyes1 (41)
• United States
9 Feb 10
You should make an appointment very soon and take him to a vet. The vet will tell you what kind of health he is in because he could have all kinds of problems. He may be an abandoned kitty who has been trying to survive on his own. I'm sure you bought some kitten chow to start him on, if you didn't, that's what he needs to start with. Cats, especially young ones, will attach themselves to the 'female' in the house, as their mother figure because they don't have their mom around. I don't think anyone will claim him so call a vet near your home and make an appointment to have him checked. If he's over 16 weeks old the vet will also make the appointment to have him fixed. He probably needs lots of care since he sounds very underweight. Cats do not over eat like a dog does. So you can put out a bowl of cat chow and he will eat as much or as little as he wants. If he finishes it off, then refill the bowl. It may take him quite a few days to fill up and start feeling good.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
I did buy him some kitten chow to start with and I've been trying to make sure that there is always food in the bowl for him. I'm also making sure to keep it where he can get to it but not the dogs. I had hoped to be able to take him to the vet today, but we've had winter weather and the vet's office has been closed.
@edu4625 (188)
• United States
9 Feb 10
Congratulations on getting an animal that is intelligent, warm, loving and loads of fun. A cat will work his/her way into your heart in ways you wouldn't believe. They are so easy to fall in love with. They're also a lot of fun to have. I always thought cats just sat in windows and ate. Boy was I wrong. I think they are as interesting as dogs. In fact cats are the number one animal in America. More people have cats as pets than dogs. I would suggest you pick up some books (to keep) about cats. You will need to refer to them. There are also magazines for animal lovers. Your cat is a kitten and will be for one year. He will be extremely alert and playful. You can purchase a lot of toys for them in pet stores. They love anything that moves. Cats enjoy having their own space that belongs to them. It makes them feel more secure. They love attention also and each one has their own personality. I could go on and on but I will stop because I know you will get lots of advice from other cat lovers.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
10 Feb 10
It does help me in the fact that my husband has had cats all of his life (excepting for the past eight years that we've been together). But I'm the one that is at home the majority of the day and I know nothing about them. I do know that he is cute and really keeps to himself for the most part.
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Feb 10
Hi Dorann, I am happy that your daughter has a heart to adopt the cat. if ever no one will claim it i am pretty sure the cat will be in good hands. just make sure that the cat is safe and has a place to stay in. communicate with him by stroking his back and even talking to him. he will love it.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
My daughter is very much the animal person, in fact, she says that she wants to be a vet when she grows up and I believe that it is possible as much as she loves animals and as compassionate as she is.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Feb 10
i admire your daughter for having that compassion to animals. i too admire you for instilling in her this good value. good luck to her dreams...i know she can make it in the future!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
12 Feb 10
The more people that are behind her supporting her dreams the more likely that she is to achieve them. It's hard work to become a doctor of any kind and that is exactly what being a vet is.
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@betlynfrnds (1248)
• United States
18 Feb 10
Hello dorannmwin, It's such a beautiful thing to hear and read about great people like you and your daughter who want to make a difference in the life of a cat. The mylotters who care have given some excellent advice on your subject. Consider it all as a benefit. May I add this : Cats are often times like very shy children. They have to learn that you love them and that you care. Spend quality time with your new family member. Maybe sit on the floor and talk quietly to the kitten. Use a string or a ball and let him play. Let him come to you. If you have already done this, reassure him that he is loved and that he is safe. Not only will this help kitty but I can assure you that you will benefit also. Cats add so much joy to the lives of so many people and I can only hope that you will experience this too. It may take a little time, but it will be very well worth it. Cats learn to adapt very quickly. Hang in there. I wish you all the best!!!!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
19 Feb 10
Every day it is becoming more and more clear that he knows that we love him. We've given him a name and we are caring for him in the best ways that we know how to. His name is Cornbread because of his color and it just seems to fit him and we are getting him to put on some weight. He is finally starting to play in the house and that makes me happy.
• United States
21 Feb 10
That is wonderful news. I am so happy to hear that Cornbread is settling in and putting on weight. He has a really cute name, by the way.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
23 Feb 10
Thank you. At first we were calling him Tag, but it just didn't suit him well so we tried to figure out something that suits him.
• United States
9 Feb 10
The first thing that I would suggest is to get the cat into the Vet as soon as possible, especially if you have other animals. That way, the Vet can check and make sure that the cat is in good health or treat any diseases that he or she might have. The sooner the cat is diagnosed and treatment begins the better. If the cat is given a clean bill of health, then that will ease your mind, too. I am not sure whether or not they can spread diseases to other animals, such as dogs if you have them, but they can definitely spread fleas and earmites if nothing else. Also, if the cat has been on the street and appears emaciated, he or she might need a special diet for a while to get them healthy and build up their immune system. When we have rescued animals, sometimes we have had to give them a special diet for a while, because they were lacking in certain nutrients. The Vet did a blood test to check for all these things. Another thing that you might not be aware of, especially if you have not had cats before, is that fish really is not good for all cats. I did not know that, especially since we are often presented with the stereo-type of cats and fish. Not all cats can properly digest the proteins in fish, although some can and will never have problems, and males cats are more prone to have problems than female cats according to our Vet. If the cat can't properly digest the proteins in the fish, then it builds up in the cat's system and often leads to urinary tract infections or kidney problems (and sometimes both).
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
10 Feb 10
I'd hoped to take him to the vet yesterday, but our weather didn't allow for that to happen so he hasn't been yet. I'm going to call tomorrow and see if we can get him in early Friday morning. I'm pretty sure that he is healthy, but like you've said, I know nothing for sure until he has been checked out.
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• United States
11 Feb 10
I hope that you are able to get him in just to be sure, but I hear you about the weather issue - we have been having very nasty weather lately, too. I forgot to say this in my first response, but I think that it is wonderful that you rescued your poor kitty from the streets. We have rescued quite a few animals, and they are the sweetest and most loving fur-babies that you could ever hope to meet. I hope that your little guy is healthy and adjusting well to his new home.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
He seems like he is adjusting well, the only thing that I don't think he is too sure about is my black and tan hound dog, but I think with time they will get used to each other. Michela (the dog) ignores him for the most part, but when she gets too close to Kitty, he hisses at her.
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@KylaDilla (137)
• Malaysia
9 Feb 10
Hi dorannmwin My family rescued a stray cat a few months ago, when he was about five months old. Firstly, advice about food. Please don't give him cow milk. Cow milk makes him sick. Normal water will do for the mean time, but if you can, they sell kitten milk formula at the vets or petshop. When we saved our stray cat, we went to find food especially for kittens. We prefered to give him wetfood as we felt it was easier for him to digest it. We fed our kitten 4 times a day. It only ate small portions so I guess by feeding it regularly we could monitor its progress. Secondly, about its sleeping place We insulated it's basket with fluffy cloth, just to keep it warm. My cat lives under the porch and we always make sure we bring it in if it rained. I am not so sure if that was necessary but it sure helps with bonding. We also made sure we had all the ticks and fleas off him. The poor kitten was scratching so hard when we found him, and when we placed him in the basket, there was tiny drops on blood. Thats all I can think about for now. Hope you'll have a wonderful experience with keeping a cat. Cat's can drive you nuts but at the same time, they shower you will love that is irreplaceable. I love my cat! Have a nice day!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Our kitty has made his personal space to be one of our dining room chairs that has a large thick cushion on it. And, I went and got him kitten chow. We've been leaving some out for him at all times where he can go eat as he pleases. It seems that this is working out well for him.
• United States
11 Feb 10
Yes, leaving dry food out for him to eat when he needs it works out well. He's found that the soft cushion on the chair is a nice place to sleep. You could try making him a bed or buying one at the pet store. Cats love to leave their 'scent' around the hours, that means sitting, cleaning themselves and shedding their hair - but they have to make it their 'own' place. Mine sleeps on all the nicest places in the house, we find her there when we come home after being out. Nothing you can do about it, they treat themselves very well. But they are great, self-sufficient animals and he will come around and get closer to you soon. right now he is adjusting to all of you and beginning to feel safe. That takes awhile after you've been a stray.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
I do intend to get him a bed of his own as soon as our tax money comes in because when we are all gone from the house we've been leaving him in the bathroom as we have two dogs and it doesn't seem to be an issue when we are at home, but when we are all gone who knows what will happen. It would make him much more comfortable to have a bed of his own.
@Hubfee (665)
• Thailand
10 Feb 10
Hehehe and you will love him. The cat is so behave and fetching one. They like to keep themselves clean. It's not bad experience to have a cat dorannmwin. I hope you will really love him..... I remembered the first time that my cat approached me. He just walked up on my chest and sleep on me. I was so impressed because the first time, he did not like to get near anyone. That time he was just only 3months. I can only gave him food and regret for buying him but then time passed, he was like someone important to me. I can't say how much I love, I just love him.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
I am an animal person in general, I've just never had a cat and never really thought about myself as being a cat person. But, he really is starting to grow on me rapidly and I'm praying that I don't see a poster for a lost cat.
@Hubfee (665)
• Thailand
11 Feb 10
I'll pray for you, there won't be poster of lost cat...hehehe
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
This is a big one. No cream, lots of LOVE. Treat him like a child love, and care for him, it will be trying for a time, but shower your kitty with affection and it will be returned two hundred fold. Be careful with your daughter though, they tend to take it a little far sometimes, and kitties can be resentful. Have fun, I appreciate you.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
10 Feb 10
I suppose that some people would say that it was trying for a time, but I've had two babies of my own so he is actually really easy.
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
11 Feb 10
Awesome have a blast, A well loved cat will shower you with so much affection. Or completely ignore you depending on its mood. I used to hate it when they would lick the inside of my ear at 3 30 in the morning.... Have fun, I appreciate you.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
9 Feb 10
Already you're proving to be a responsible pet owner by having him fixed, that is the first step! Kudos. With cats, aside from feeding and keeping clean litter, there's not much else to worry about. Cats are very self sufficient animals. You might want to get some sort of scratching post for it to sharpen it's claws on. My cats have destroyed my furniture.. I don't really care though. With 5 hyper kids you can't expect to keep anything in good shape anyways, so what's a few cat claw marks? And watch out for fleas! They are dreadful little blood suckers who multiply worse than rabbits! Advantage is about $10 for a 1 month supply, and it seems to work wonders, but you have to get it at the vet, or at a website like 1800PetMeds.com. Good luck. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask. My mom was one of those crazy cat ladies who took in every stray in the neighborhood. We had like 9 while I was growing up. I have 3 now.. but once did have 5.
@tomcat23 (623)
• Old Forge, Pennsylvania
9 Feb 10
good advice from Katsmeow1213, all I could add is a good flea comb. also keep an eye open for worms. See what other "preventive" measures you can get when you take the kitten to get fixed, the vet gave my cats shots for worms and rabies before they were fixed. When it comes to flea stuff, Revolution has worked the best for me and I do not recommend the ones you see in the supermarket. If you notice black stuff building up in the kittens ears, it usually is earmites.. Revolution will take care of those also. My five cats have been a world of education for me. Any questions feel free to ask on Mylot, very educated and informed people on here.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
10 Feb 10
I've had pets all of my life, but this is the first time that we've had a cat. Prior to him we've only had dogs. But, I do at least know a little bit about keeping a pet. Thank you for your great advice.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
12 Feb 10
The first thing to do would be to take him to the vet for a thorough exam, shots and a possible deworming. At that time, you should also make an appointment to have him neutered.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
12 Feb 10
Well, I won't be scheduling him to be neutered at the vet's office because they charge far too much for it. Our local humane society does it for very cheap so that is where we will be going. Still waiting to hear back from the vet on getting him fixed.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
11 Feb 10
Oh the poor little cat. I really prefer dogs to cats but have neither. I hate to see any animal suffer. My favourite pets are parrots. I really adore parrotsd and rescue any that have fallen from the nest and raise them. They are usually injured in someway when I get them. I do hope that the cat gets well.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
I too have typically been the person that prefers dogs over cats, but he is a pretty cute little critter and he doesn't seem to be nearly as demanding as the dogs have been, so I guess I'll keep him unless that lost cat poster shows up.
@illfavors (592)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Just show the cat a lot of love. They are great pets and they help relieve stress. Keep them fed and watered and keep their boxes clean. Get them toys so that you can play with him and help keep him active.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
What I have been able to learn in the past couple of days of having Kitty in our home is that he is a lot like the dogs that I am used to, but he is very different as well. I'm just glad that my hubby has prior experience with cats.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
10 Feb 10
I agree with the suggestions by other MyLotters, except that I also would provide a good quality dry food for the new family member. It helps keep their teeth healthy. Just make sure that you provide plenty of water and moist food once or twice a day. After he gets older you can get a self feeder so that you're not having to keep refilling his bowl. Cats don't eat meals like dogs, they nibble throughout the day. If he is so skinny, he probably won't be claimed. He more than likely was adopted and the people decided they really didn't want him, or he was dumped. Also, along with the rabies shots, make sure you get him distemper and the other feline shots. Nothing is more heartbreaking than to lose a cat to feline distemper or other illness that could have been prevented. Also, as the other Lotter stated, any questions just post them on the lot and you'll get plenty of help. After all I have four of the furry critters...and they are so loving and so much fun to live with...nothing is nicer to me than to crawl in bed to go to sleep and have one of the cats curl up on my left side and another curl up by my head. They lull me to sleep with their purring.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
I'm guessing that he has been dumped because he is not fixed. All of the humane societies around her alter the pets before they place them up for adoption. I also know that their shots are very important and that is why I want to get him to the vet as soon as possible. I definitely won't hesitate to ask any questions that I might have about him.
• United States
10 Feb 10
congrats to the newest member of your family. It is important for the cat to have toys to play with. If possible take him to get a bath. Since he is a stray he may have fleas, so bathing him may be a good idea. best of luck.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
It's really funny, shortly after Kathryn brought him home, my son decided that he needed a bath and dropped him into the bath tub. I don't think he liked it too much, but Paul didn't get scratched.
• Indonesia
10 Feb 10
a cat always be follower human that giving him feeding regularly, and yeah, it seemed pity and cute, you just need to give that cat some food (you can but it from mart, labeling with cat's food). You have to keep feeding him outside your home; it means, you still gives him food but not inside your home. I guess, keeping pets not must be always inside, because cat have own nature life as another animals.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
It's too late to keep him outside the house because we brought him in right away. It was getting too cold outside and getting ready to snow, so we had to let him in. That is really okay though because we've talked about getting a cat for our family, it just ended up being earlier than we'd planned.
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Feb 10
hi dorannmwin just always remember a cat owns you or so he thinks and he is really rather regal about it. But I love cats and would have one here at Gold crest except it would mean an extra one hundred dollars on my rent which I do not have so will let those who have no money problems here have cats. Theres not a whole lot of upkeep really just feeding and keeping liter box clean and a few vet visits I suppose. Cats are loving and lovable and I don't think you and your daughter will have a bit of trouble taking care of your cat at all.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
I really don't have any doubts that Kathryn is going to have any issues with the cat (he is still unnamed, for some reason naming him is harder than naming my children). She wants to be a vet when she grows up and she is awesome with animals in general. Besides the cat, she also has her own dog that we got nearly two years ago.