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post #1 of 10
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Hi everybody, I'm new to these forums but I really find it amazing how much you guys love cats! thats awesome. Now, this is my first cat and I was just trying to see if any of you could offer your infinite wisdom. I know its long but I hope some of you can help me out with these questions. Thank you so much.

1) I have a 7-8 month kitty and she is mostly well behaved but sometimes I think that she gets bored being the only cat in the house. I have a small pug dog who is 7 years old but he spends a decent amount of time outside and he wouldn't hurt a fly, all bark no bite. She seems to be fine with him but whenever she comes into view of him 7 out of 10 times he just barks his head off, of course while he is backing away from her haha.

Could anybody tell me is it just something he just needs to get used to, having a cat in the house or should I try something else to try to calm him down? I have held each of them in my arms while the other was in the room and he's done fine but as soon as he is on his own he just loses his mind. He is a very very hyper dog though.

2) For the first couple days when we brought home my cat she just purred away all day and she really didn't say much at all, in fact I can't even remember her making a sound at all. Well, she is comfortable now and now she seems to talk all the time! She doesn't meow, never heard her do that before but she just kind of goes around the house yelping and making little chirps. The noises almost never sound like she is real sad or in pain, just talking or asking to play. Is this normal for a kitten of 7-8 months?

3) After many opinions and reviews I decided to get her an alpine scratcher cosmic catnip made. It has gotten rave reviews everywhere i've read but so far after a month of having it in my room, her base area basically, she has shown zero interest in it. She sometimes scratches furniture instead but not for more than a few seconds after we tell her to stop.

I did notice that she tends to go after the couch and things of that material. My friend was going to give me his cats old post that is still in good condition and she hasn't used it in years, it is carpet material standard scratching post so I hope that might give me some answers but does anybody know if that might do the trick?

4) Sometimes I have noticed that she will dig through her litter box when it seems she is bored or trying to get me out of bed and even at times has layed down in it a few times. I considered trying to maybe do something to discourage this behavior but I do not want her to be afraid of the litter box, she hasn't had an accident yet, well, that we know of .

5) I feed her the hard food at 7:30 AM every morning which I don't really mind because it wakes me up instead of letting me be lazy. Then sometime around mid-day I will give her some canned food, is that a good set up? I think I give her more food than she needs but she is really skinny but extremely long!

Sometimes she is real active at night in my room while I am trying to sleep but lately I've have been turning her night light off and I have also been trying to keep her awake as much as possible all day.

Wow thats a lot of reading and if any of you brave if it all thank you very much, I am a true newbie to cat ownership and I just want to do it right way.
post #2 of 10
First of all, welcome!

You didn't mention how long you've had your kitten. If it has been a short time, the dog is still getting used to having someone else in his house! So of course he is going to bark! He may be saying get out of my house but he could also be saying come and play!

The sounds your cat is making are the sounds kittens make while looking for their mother or a playmate! As for normal, nothing with a cat is "the norm" when it comes to behavior. Just like you and I have different personalities, so do cats.

For the scratching post, when you catch her scratching somewhere else, move her to the appropriate post. She needs to be taught where to scratch.
post #3 of 10
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Thank you for the tips, I'm so happy she just wasn't sad all the time or something! I'm sorry I forgot to say I've had her about a month, I got her 2 days after christmas.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by afp89898 View Post
1) Could anybody tell me is it just something he just needs to get used to, having a cat in the house or should I try something else to try to calm him down? I have held each of them in my arms while the other was in the room and he's done fine but as soon as he is on his own he just loses his mind. He is a very very hyper dog though.
Make sure you praise your dog and give him lots of treats when he doesn't bark, and tell him sternly "NO!" when he does bark, and pick up the cat, and give your kitty lots of love. Your dog will soon realise the sort of behaviour that gets rewarded. You might want to ask in the "Other Animals" section about introducing a cat and dog, you'll probably get some good advice.

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Is this normal for a kitten of 7-8 months?
Yep! Some cats are vocal, some aren't. All 3 of mine have very different sounds, and make them at different times. Smudge gives a weird sound that sounds like she's distressed at random times - sometimes when she's playing, other times she's just lying in her box, other times she's just walking around. Lily mews when she wants attention, and Stumpy mrows when she's annoyed at me

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3) After many opinions and reviews I decided to get her an alpine scratcher cosmic catnip made.
My friend was going to give me his cats old post that is still in good condition and she hasn't used it in years, it is carpet material standard scratching post so I hope that might give me some answers but does anybody know if that might do the trick?
Cats are pretty fussy We have an Alpine Scratcher which one cats loves, and the other 2 sometimes use. Have you put catnip on it? If you can get a scratching tree thats nice and high, she'll probably love it. Not only can she scratch, play and sleep on it, but she can also get away from your dog. If your friends isn't very tall, look at getting a big one (ours was about $100 and the best $100 we ever spent!). You can also look in the local papers for a second hand one.

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4) Sometimes I have noticed that she will dig through her litter box when it seems she is bored or trying to get me out of bed and even at times has layed down in it a few times. I considered trying to maybe do something to discourage this behavior but I do not want her to be afraid of the litter box, she hasn't had an accident yet, well, that we know of .
As long as she's not going elsewhere, there's no need to worry.

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5) I feed her the hard food at 7:30 AM every morning which I don't really mind because it wakes me up instead of letting me be lazy. Then sometime around mid-day I will give her some canned food, is that a good set up? I think I give her more food than she needs but she is really skinny but extremely long!
Don't get her in the habit of eating too much food, or it's hard to go back. How skinny is really skinny? Did she have a vet check? Did the vet mention her weight? What does she weigh? My cats are all slim, and one of them I can feel her hip bones more than the others, but she eats the most, and is healthy so I don't worry - I certainly don't overfeed her to fatten her up. How much food do you give?

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Sometimes she is real active at night in my room while I am trying to sleep but lately I've have been turning her night light off and I have also been trying to keep her awake as much as possible all day.
You've mentioned numerous times that she's incredibly active, and seems to act out because she's bored. It might be worth getting her a friend. Cats generally love having other cats around to play and snuggle with. You'll find your kitty will wear herself out with her friend at night rather than annoying you

One of our cats would always drive us nuts at night time when she was a kitten, so we started putting them all out and closing the door whenever they got too active. They soon learned to behave in the bedroom otherwise they wouldn't be allowed in. Now they never wake us up at night, they just come in to sleep.

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Wow thats a lot of reading and if any of you brave if it all thank you very much, I am a true newbie to cat ownership and I just want to do it right way.
You've done the right thing by coming somewhere like this to ask your questions! I'm sure you'll have plenty more questions, so please feel free to ask away, no matter how silly it sounds - everyone ele has probably also wondered the same thing once before!

Welcome to the feline world!
post #5 of 10
Hi, I would suggest giving her the second feeding later in the day, plus possibly giving her a snack in the evening (8-ish?) so she isn't hungry for such a long time overnight (and that will also avoid her waking you earlier and earlier in the a.m.... it becomes a slippery slope time-wise)!
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks for the tips folks, I just had another question maybe somebody knows the answer to, is it possible for my cat to be immune to cat nip or is it because she is too young (8 months)? It gives her zero reaction wherever i put it, no matter what amount.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by afp89898 View Post
thanks for the tips folks, I just had another question maybe somebody knows the answer to, is it possible for my cat to be immune to cat nip or is it because she is too young (8 months)? It gives her zero reaction wherever i put it, no matter what amount.
Some cats just don't have a nose so to speak. Its just not something all cats like. Our male Ping had a nose for it be 3 mths of age Pong by about 4 or 5 mths of age. But every cat is different.
post #8 of 10
Congratulations on your first furbaby! Kittens are always so much fun, and when you get them that young, the better chance they'll be snugglebugs later on

Everyone did a great job answering your questions so far, but I'll throw my two cents in anyway:

Your dog will get used to the cat being around, but since you said he's already pretty hyper, it might take some time. As long as he's not hurting the cat and the cat isn't too stressed out by his barking, it should be fine.

Even if you never owned cats before, if the meows were sad or painful, you can really tell by the tone. Since you said it sounds like chirps, they're good.

Scratching post: she might not like the texture. None of my cats care for the cardboard ones. Try one made of sisal rope, cats generally like it better and it's safer for their claws than carpet posts, which they can get stuck in the loops.

Hey, if she loves her litterbox enough to sleep in it, good for her! One of my cats paws in the litter alot because it's never quite buried enough for him (and he feels the need to bury our other cat's treasures as well). But it must not bother her since she lays in it.

If your cat seems bored all the time, maybe you really should consider getting another kitten. It's really not that much more work to have 2, and I know from experience it's so heart-warming when they first start playing together! Even when I first had 2 older cats, they didn't play much, but I know they appreciated not being alone all day while I was at class or work. If another cat isn't feasible, look into getting some free-standing toys that she can entertain herself with when nobody is there to play with her.

Most cats are active at night (The "Midnight Crazies"). Here is an article from this site that's helpful with this issue: Cats and Night Crazies

As for catnip, some of my cats don't care for it, some go wild for it. Totally a personal preference.

I hope some of this helps!
post #9 of 10
The meowing could also be if she is in heat if she isn't spayed yet.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm sorry my computer has been a little weird lately but here's an update:

I just bought her a sisal rope scratching post on saturday and she has taken to it quite well, I awoke to her practically hugging it today! She has been doing very well lately with the dog, my family and I all get the relative vibe that our little pug doesn't want to hurt her, he is just very curious and intrigued with this new critter in the house.

I'll try to keep some updates, I think she may be a little sick from a cold or something because she does sneeze usually once or twice a day and I plan on taking her to the vet this week.
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