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post #1 of 16
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I adopted a cat from L.A.P this past Sat. I have a short haired male domesticated kitten 5 months old. He had all of his shots and was roundwormed there so they told me he does not need another vet visit for another year. Should I take him anyway just to make sure everything is ok even though he seems fine, with the occasional scratch of his ear and face (which he loves when I do for him)?

I want to check his teeth and cut his nails but not sure how to do it as I dont want him to dislike me forever....he jumps out of my lap when I try. I know I have to do it but guess I need to know how. I would also like to switch the food he eats from friskies and science diet to something better as I have gooten the impression from here they are no good; this is what the shelter fed him.

I really LOVE my kitten! His name is Ernie and he loves me so much already; he is afraid of my 2 year old (almost 3) and I don’t blame him! My son gets so excited and just wants to play with him and he is LOUD and acts like….well…..a 3 year old boy, and I figure my kitten just needs to get use to him as they both grow together.

I am concerned about one thing however. He “meows†anytime I leave the room, meaning most of the night or if I am in the room but not paying enough attention to him. He is very loud. Is this normal for a new cat? I would love to get a second but it is just not practical for us any time in the near future. What should I do?

I am in the process of getting him introduced to the entire apartment but he is taking things slow and only comes out of our living room when we are asleep to take a peek around. He seems to sleep a good amount of the day and stay awake at night.

Thanks all!
post #2 of 16
Hi, welcome to TCS!
So glad you've joined us!
Congratulations....
Ernie sounds like an adorable kitty.

Personally, I think that it is an excellent idea to have your kitty checked out by a vet of your choosing.
The teeth can be checked and you will have established a relationship with your vet, so that when your kitty needs to be seen in the future, your vet will already have a base line history.
Your vet's technician can show you how to trim those sharp little claws.
TCS has a Behavior Forum where you might want to post about your kitty neediness.

As you learn your way around our site,
if you have questions, I would be happy to help you.
Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name,
then send me a Private Message.
I will get back to you asap.

post #3 of 16
Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us! Congratulations on your new kitty.

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
post #4 of 16
Welcome to TCS!!
post #5 of 16
Welcome to TCS and congrats on your new family member.
post #6 of 16
Welcome!!!! I know you will love your new baby. This site is great for any questions you could possibly have about cats. You will love this site as a social hang out if you may. Have fun and hope you love the site, I sure do!
post #7 of 16
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you, Ernie and the rest of the family 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
post #8 of 16
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!
post #9 of 16
Perhaps, one day, he will get a Bert.

I agree that there are better feeding options. Right now, try to up his canned intake. Canned is only 3-5% carbohydrate, while most dry foods are more than 30% carbohydrate.

Cats can digest carbohydrate. They are total predators, and while I give mine kitty grass to eat, and my new kitten looooooves peach yogurt as a treat, they are basically best at eating protein and fat.

I've switched my cat's dry food to EVO, a dry food that is supposed to be only 7% carbohydrate, and they like it.

Here's an article with some details about switching them and what to look for:

http://www.lowcarbnewsline.com/article.asp?colid=7025

Sounds like you adore him already, which is easy to do. You have the right attitude to be a great cat mom, too.
post #10 of 16
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Perhaps, one day, he will get a Bert.

I agree that there are better feeding options. Right now, try to up his canned intake. Canned is only 3-5% carbohydrate, while most dry foods are more than 30% carbohydrate.

Cats can digest carbohydrate. They are total predators, and while I give mine kitty grass to eat, and my new kitten looooooves peach yogurt as a treat, they are basically best at eating protein and fat.

I've switched my cat's dry food to EVO, a dry food that is supposed to be only 7% carbohydrate, and they like it.

Here's an article with some details about switching them and what to look for:

http://www.lowcarbnewsline.com/article.asp?colid=7025

Sounds like you adore him already, which is easy to do. You have the right attitude to be a great cat mom, too.
Thank you for that link. I think that I am going to try EVO also. I have been looking for a good yet afordable food to give my kitten and this food was rated as "Premium" on a site I found through someones sig here. I was thinking about a few other "Super premium" foods (as rated by the site) such as Natural Choice and wellness but they cost more.

Thanks again!
post #11 of 16
Congrats on your new cat and welcome to the site! My Mom's name is Ernie (Ernestine) and I love my Mom.

I would take Ernie to the vet just to check him out.

Good luck!
post #12 of 16
Hello & welcome to the forum. Kittens are a lot of work & they have boundless energy but give so much love. glad to have you aboard.
post #13 of 16
Welcome!!
post #14 of 16
Welcome...and Ernie and we THANK YOU for adopting!
post #15 of 16
Welcome to TCS!!!
post #16 of 16

Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

Ernie sounds like an adorable little rascal
Can't wait to hear more about him someday!

Best Wishes! Enjoy the forums
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