We're the proud, doting owners of a five-week-old kitten
who has been hand-raised since she was a day old (her name is Hope, as in, "Hope she lives through the weekend."). She's more or less weaned (she still gets a little bottle now and then, but is great at eating solid food) and seems happy and healthy and very good at learning how to do "cat things" on the first try (i.e. using a littler box, using a scratching post, etc.).
We've been keeping her in a cat carrier during the day while we're at work (I come home on my lunch break to give her a quick snack, romp and litter box access), but now we're ready to move her somewhere bigger. Our plan is to start her off in the bathroom, see how that goes, then move her to the mater bedroom or the home office when she gets a little bigger.
I know about blocking up small spaces so she can't get stuck in them. I know about using bitter apple spray to dissuade her from computer cables (she's not that interested in them anyway, although she is teething, so better safe than sorry). We're planning on making a cardboard cover for the tub so she can't fall into it, although she can't quite jump or climb that high yet. We have stairs with gaps in them, too, so we'll definitely want to limit staircase access until she's big enough to handle it (when might that be?).
What am I overlooking? We're both a little neurotic because she's still such a tiny baby and because we've never really dealt with kittens before, just grown or mostly-grown cats.
Additional questions: how do we make sure she's drinking water? She urinates regularly, but I have no idea of she's drinking anything. Also, she's kind of nippy right now because she's teething; I've heard plastic straws make good chew toys for teething kittens, and we yelp and push her away when she nips us, but is there anything else we need to do to make sure she doesn't grow up to be a biter?