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Question New kitten help *update & even more photos*

Well, I got a new kitten, but she's REALLY scared at the moment.

I guess that's normal, but i basically had to force her to the foodbowl because she was too scared to go by herself.

The pet-store guy said she knew how to lap and eat dry food, but she has taken about a sip (remember i got her like 8 hours ago) and i don't think she knows her. She doesn't know how to eat dry food either coz she licks it, puts it in her mouth and spits it back out.

Now, she has gone psycho-scared and is hiding behind the washing machine (now about 2 hrs) and is refusing to get out. And she hasn't gone to the litter box all this time AFTER eating.

Any advice??

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Well, I got a new kitten, but she's REALLY scared at the moment.

I guess that's normal, but i basically had to force her to the foodbowl because she was too scared to go by herself.

The pet-store guy said she knew how to lap and eat dry food, but she has taken about a sip (remember i got her like 8 hours ago) and i don't think she knows her. She doesn't know how to eat dry food either coz she licks it, puts it in her mouth and spits it back out.

Now, she has gone psycho-scared and is hiding behind the washing machine (now about 2 hrs) and is refusing to get out. And she hasn't gone to the litter box all this time AFTER eating.

Any advice??

Go to a vet and take feromone-spray. Pray it around the house And then leave the kitten in a calm place. Don't try to push her too much. You'll have to clean a bit before she gets used to make her "things" in the litter. To get the litter more kitty-friendly, put a little bit of bleach in it. The bleach has a very attractive smell for the cats and the dogs.
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I think you're panicking a little early. The cat needs some time to adjust to you and its new environment. I wouldn't "force" it to do anything, just be very gentle and kind to it and try to make it feel at ease as much as you can with some nice petting and a nice voice. If it wants to hide behind the washing machine, let it do so. Never fear, if it gets hungry enough, it will eat. That's one thing you can always count on a cat to do. Hunger overcomes fear. If you have other cats around, this could be impeding its progress. If so, keep the cat apart from the others like in its own room or set of rooms and let it get used to the place first before introducing it to others. Make sure it knows where the litter box is, place the cat in it so that it knows. If it's still not eating and stuff close to a week, then take it to a vet, but be patient.

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I agree with Helen. Let her get comfortable around her new surroundings and you first. You shouldn't have forced her to the foodbowl. When it does get hungry it'll cry out or look for food. That's when you should've stepped in.

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Cats like a secure base--in this case behind the washing machine. Once she feels comfortable, she'll start making little explorations out from behind it. Don't try to grab her or force her--just let her explore. She'll probably come out for about 5-10 second and sniff, then dash back behind the washing machine to her nest.

Eventually, she'll get comfortable and start to come out for longer periods of time, as well as exploring new "secure" areas to retreat to as she moves into new rooms.

And she'll eat when she's hungry. You may want to move her food closer to her "base" so she can feel more secure. But it's like they say about cats getting caught in trees: you never see little cat skeletons up there because when the get hungry enough they come down. Same thing with coming out from behind the washer.

Remember, bonding with a human is not as natural for a cat as it is for a dog. Be patient and it will happen.

A chat with the vet might be good for your own peace of mind, though.

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Ya, you shouldn't worry at all. I am certain that he could survive a couple of days without eating or drinking and still be perfectly fine. Just make sure that the house is quiet and leave him alone-- in no time he should be out and about.

And with regards to another poster's comment to take him to a vet-- don't do it. This will just stress him out even more. He just needs to be left alone. Keep everyone up to date please!

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Maybe the dry cat food is just too hard for your kitten. It can help to pour a bit of water or milk over it, so it becomes softer and easier to eat!
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Yes, do make sure the food is near the "base," as someone advised. But do not put the litter box too near the food.

Do not put milk on the food; many cats are lactose intolerant, and you don't want to risk her getting ill.

You may want to check where you live for a high quality (not Science Diet or Iam's--those are just dressed-up grocery store-quality foods, plus Iam's is a major animal abuser) cat food to start feeding your kitten for life. Good brands are Natural Balance, Innova, California Naturals, and Wellness. Most cats have a tendency toward kidney problems, so canned food is much better for them than dry.
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Ya, you shouldn't worry at all. I am certain that he could survive a couple of days without eating or drinking and still be perfectly fine. Just make sure that the house is quiet and leave him alone-- in no time he should be out and about.

And with regards to another poster's comment to take him to a vet-- don't do it. This will just stress him out even more. He just needs to be left alone. Keep everyone up to date please!
the update: i've been really gentle and patient, and she's gotten to eat dry food - wow!! but i still haven't seen her lapping. she only hid behind the washing machine ONCE... a record. But that was this morning, and now she's fine. She's also actually playing with the toys and not scared of them. It's really great! we played together for ages it still gets scared going into other parts of the house, she's only comfortable in the kitchen and laundry room. OH ... one bad thing, she pissed in her bed... but that was because the door to the room with the litter box was closed at the time.

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oh she's so adorable!

if she's anything like mine, she will just adapt to your house and it's surroundings and after a few weeks should be much happier

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AWWWW she's so cute!
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my cat is way too ugly and he's only 15 years old in July - I prefered your cat!

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