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post #1 of 11
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Hi. Before I get into this long story of how we got our kitten, bear in mind, at this point in time my husband DOES NOT like cats. That is subject to change however.
Two days ago, my husband and I were outside talking to his nephew and we heard this pitiful sound. It sounded like a very hoarse cat and after looking around that's what it turned out to be. I felt sorry for her and got her some milk and my son latched onto her.
Yesterday, my husband gave me permission to get her some food. He said my son could keep her only if we keep her outside.
I know nothing about cats. My husband says she's no more than 12 weeks old, I don't know. I got her some moist cat food, but after doing a little bit of reading I think I may need to get her some dry kitten food.
I'm concerned about keeping her outside. There are tom cats that run loose out here not to mention other critters. It was a miracle that my husband agreed to let us keep her outside and don't want to push him.
She is a cool kitty. She follows my son around like a puppy does. I've never seen a cat do that and she act like she wants us to pick her up alot. I hope that's what she is wanting because that is what we are doing. She just seems to want alot of loving right now. Will that change?
Anything anyone can tell me on how to take care of her would be greatly appreciated. How much should I feed her, does she need milk, etc. And what about bathing? I didn't think you were suppose to bathe them, but I was told that you were.
Anyway thanks for the help.
post #2 of 11
Welcome morninglory!!
I will let our more knowledgeable members answer your questions, just wanted to say hi!
If she is that young, I think she should be inside. She doesn't really know where she lives, can't really protect herself, etc.
post #3 of 11
Hello & welcome
I hope your husband comes around and lets you bring in the kitty from outside. Moist and dry food is fine.Dont over do the milk as it may cause some kitties to have the poosBest of luck and how about some pictures
post #4 of 11
Welcome to TCS.

Its good you are taking care of the kitten and that your husband has agreed for you to have it even if he does only want it to be an outdoor cat.
Have you tried locating its owners? you don't want your son getting attached if someone is looking for her. If you have a garage perhaps your husband would be willing to let the kitten reside there? its better than the streets. Definitely don't want her to be near any toms thats not good, kittens can get pregnant but too young would be fatal. You may already know that, but incase you don't.....

Once again welcome and enjoy your stay.
post #5 of 11
to you and your new kitty - have you decided on a name yet ? As mentioned above, at least you are able to care for the little sweetie and give her some TLC

Have a look at the Cat Care and Health Forums here at TCS, theres loads of great tips

Its best if you can get her to a vets for a check over, she'll probably need de-worming and a flea treatment. You can also make arrangements to have her spayed, if not the tom cats will certainly be calling around and driving you mad

Just a a side note, if your vet tries to encourage you to get her declawed, please do not agree this is a terrible, cruel proceedure that does nothing for your cats health, especially as she'll be an outdoor kitty - she'll need those claws for sure !!!!!!!

Anyway I am sure you're gonna love it around here, theres always lots to do and see and theres always someone on hand for those kitty type questions so just jump right on in

Glad you dropped in to join us - enjoy the forums ! oo and keep us posted on your little addition !
post #6 of 11
Hello and welcome! I'm glad that little kitty has found someone to take care of her! You will find some great info around here. I don't have any advice to give but wanted to say hi.
post #7 of 11
Hi welcome to TCS!
post #8 of 11
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
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post #10 of 11
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your little rescue kitten to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

Thank you so much for caring for this little baby She will be much better inside with you. I'm sure you'll find loads of helpful advice in our Pregnant Cats and Kitten Forum. If you need any help finding anything please let me know.
post #11 of 11
Just wanted to say hello and welcome to TCS! You'll find a lot of help around here from a great group of people! I do agree with putting the kitten inside, even if it's in a garage or maybe a dog crate (with a litter box and food/water bowl)...just somewhere safe until you can find the kitten's owner or a home for this baby(if your husband doesn't agree). Good luck!
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