I Seem to Be Acquiring a Kitten
August 6, 2013 6:46 AM Subscribe
I have had cats for long stretches of my adult life, but I've never "started from a kitten." Looking for advice, details to follow. Note. I do not have the kitten yet, so no pictures
posted by GenjiandProust to Pets & Animals (31 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
So, I have agreed to take a kitten (probably ~10 weeks old when I get him). I was originally planning on getting an older cat, but things have worked out this way. I've met him and interacted a bit, and he seems like a bright, lively little guy. However, as I have said, I have not raised a cat from a kitten before, so I am looking for any general advice along with the following specific issues:
1. I think I am set for litter box, food bowls, a little cat bed for window ledges. I am getting some of the toys he likes as well as the food and litter he is used to, to ease the transition. I figure I am going to get a fairly basic scratching post thing until I have an idea of what he likes.
2. I am getting a vet lined up. He still needs a few shots and a neutering plan.
3. Here's the big one -- I am generally around in the evenings and on the weekends, and I expect to devote a lot of time playing with and socializing the little guy. However, during the week, I am out of the house for maybe 10-11 hours at a time, and I worry about him being lonely or getting neurotic. An older cat, I wouldn't worry about, but a kitten? I am debating getting a second cat to keep him company. Would it be OK to wait a few weeks and see how he reacts before making that decision?
4. What am I forgetting?
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