How do I care for a kitten who may have been taken too early from his mother? I've never cared for anything younger than a year old, and now I have an 8 week old kitten.
I just (a few hours ago) adopted a kitten (pictures coming soon!) from some friends of mine. A neighborhood mother cat had made her home in their backyard and was raising a litter of kittens out there, with some help from the friends. Unfortunately, a few days ago the mother cat was killed by a car. My friends took the kittens in, but will be leaving town in a few days and needed to get them out before then. My roommate and I already have a bit of a zoo, but decided to get a kitten to keep my (3 year old) cat company.
My friends estimated that the kittens were about 8 weeks old. My little buddy has all of his teeth in, which I've read happens at about 8 weeks, but he's small and kind of spindly, so I can't imagine he's much older than that. He's been eating a little bit of dry food, but not much. Is there a possibility he hasn't been weaned yet? Would it be better for him if I got him some milk replacer and mixed it with dry food? Can I feed a kitten that is this young wet food, and do I need a different kind of wet food? He'll be going in for a checkup and shots in about a week. Would it be better for him if we left him in the bathroom when we leave for periods of time with a litterbox, food, water, etc?
I got my cat (obligatorybad picture
about a year and a half ago, and didn't have to do anything with her, so I'm a little lost. What do I need to know about raising a kitten that's different from taking care of a cat?
(Bonus question: how do we introduce our super excitable Beagle/Jack Russell mix to the kitten? She loves cats, and I'm afraid she'll be a bit overbearing.)