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ceiling_fan
Mar 13th, 2006, 08:13 AM
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??

pla
Mar 13th, 2006, 08:21 AM
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.

pla
Mar 13th, 2006, 08:25 AM
I ment, you have to spray the spray around :lol: Silly me the writing before a coffe is not my strenght ;)

Helen Lawson
Mar 13th, 2006, 03:03 PM
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.

Martian KC
Mar 13th, 2006, 03:31 PM
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.

mandy7
Mar 13th, 2006, 03:33 PM
just get a dog Ivy :p

miffedmax
Mar 13th, 2006, 03:40 PM
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.

Reuchlin
Mar 13th, 2006, 03:46 PM
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!

Emiel Goelen
Mar 13th, 2006, 03:53 PM
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!

partbrit
Mar 13th, 2006, 04:10 PM
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.

ceiling_fan
Mar 14th, 2006, 08:34 AM
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 :D 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.

THANKS FOR THE HELP EVERYONE!!!
well, here is a photo

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/DHfan/tammy.jpg

Hayato
Mar 14th, 2006, 08:37 AM
oh she's so adorable! :inlove:

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 :D :hug:

Brett.
Mar 14th, 2006, 08:38 AM
AWWWW she's so cute!
Lovely leg you got there ceiling_fan ;)

PamShriverRockz
Mar 14th, 2006, 08:38 AM
Awww :awww: Cute kitten!

Brett.
Mar 14th, 2006, 08:39 AM
my cat is way too ugly and he's only 15 years old in July - I prefered your cat!

Hagar
Mar 14th, 2006, 09:24 AM
It's very cute, like all young cats.
Just one thing: are you sure she is clean. I'm a bit worried that you said she pissed in her bed. You bought it in a shop, didn't you? I saw a programme yesterday on TV and some shops take the little ones too soon away from their mom. Cats are normally clean out of themselves, they learn that from their mother. Check how she reacts to the litter.

ceiling_fan
Mar 14th, 2006, 10:21 AM
It's very cute, like all young cats.
Just one thing: are you sure she is clean. I'm a bit worried that you said she pissed in her bed. You bought it in a shop, didn't you? I saw a programme yesterday on TV and some shops take the little ones too soon away from their mom. Cats are normally clean out of themselves, they learn that from their mother. Check how she reacts to the litter.

They said she was litter trained. And i think she is. She is checked and quite clean. Well... at least I think and hope so.

Well, she usually looks for the litter box when she needs to go, and has used it once by her self successfully.

Anyway...thanks! I'll keep an eye out about the whole thing. :D

fnuf7
Mar 14th, 2006, 10:43 AM
Awww, I love that kitten! :hearts: So cute! :) Hope she's adjusting a bit better now :)

Hagar
Mar 14th, 2006, 11:21 AM
Well, she usually looks for the litter box when she needs to go, and has used it once by her self successfully.

That sounds good. Normally cats are really clean, it is their instinct, they want to hide their traces.

Another thing, go to a vet with her, for a check-up. They will normally also make a schedule for injections she needs to get for some typical cat diseases.

Cats are great. She's timid now but she will soon become very attached to you.

Martian KC
Mar 14th, 2006, 12:43 PM
Ah...glad everything worked out.

Helen Lawson
Mar 14th, 2006, 02:38 PM
I'm glad it worked out for you, dear. What a cute kitten!!!! The big problem with kittens, however, is that they eventually become cats.

partbrit
Mar 14th, 2006, 03:01 PM
Ah, you didn't say she was a tortoiseshell. They are, by nature, skittish and afraid. She is likely to always be a bit on the spooky side. Most of them are. No one knows why. Yours is a brindle tortie. One of my cats is a patch tortie. You might enjoy Tortie Love: http://www.purrspectives.net/torties/

miffedmax
Mar 14th, 2006, 04:57 PM
So glad it's working out.

Most kittens will have accidents, especially if cut off from their box.

Wigglytuff
Mar 14th, 2006, 05:03 PM
do you know how old she was when she was taken from her mother?

pav
Mar 14th, 2006, 06:11 PM
I'm glad it worked out for you, dear. What a cute kitten!!!! The big problem with kittens, however, is that they eventually become cats.
You are dead right with that last bit, just more bird killers :fiery:

Helen Lawson
Mar 14th, 2006, 06:15 PM
You are dead right with that last bit, just more bird killers :fiery:

I wasn't thinking of the natural order. Rather, kittens love you all the time and show it. Cats can take or leave you as their mood depends and develop "tudes" which is fine, but there's a big difference between a kitten and a cat!

ceiling_fan
Mar 15th, 2006, 05:05 AM
Some more pics.. :p
i just love her to bits!

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/DHfan/tammy4.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/DHfan/tammy3.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/DHfan/tammy2.jpg

My concern is 'Tammy' short for Tim-Tam, hasn't done a "number 2" yet. Or at least she may have, but not in the litter box. She has peed in the litter box many times, but I don't know what's happening. And her diet is fine as she's eating a lot. So i'm not quite sure about that :shrug:

She's definitely much more friendly and she has been exploring different rooms without being scared :D

I still haven't seen her lap water yet though...

ceiling_fan
Mar 15th, 2006, 09:29 AM
OK, she just did a number two. LOL. She's settling in nice now :)

:cat: