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post #31 of 46
I would keep the litter box in one spot, not moving it around, that could confuse him. When your husband gets back and you can get back to the store, get another box for the room you play with Shadow in. He will get the idea soon enough, just like a puppy!
About covering the poop, ehhh, some do, some don't. I guess you could try to teach that, though I have no idea how.
post #32 of 46
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post #33 of 46
If you have an old cake pan, or any aluminum foil cake pans, deep broiler pans, or even a shallow plastic tote, those can double for a litter box in a pinch. When We first got Hannah at 7 mos. her little bladder made it difficult for her to make it all the way to the laundry room for the box, so I invested in several aluminum foil pans and put them throughout the house.

Stephanie
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by stephanietx View Post
If you have an old cake pan, or any aluminum foil cake pans, deep broiler pans, or even a shallow plastic tote, those can double for a litter box in a pinch. When We first got Hannah at 7 mos. her little bladder made it difficult for her to make it all the way to the laundry room for the box, so I invested in several aluminum foil pans and put them throughout the house.

Stephanie
did it work? i've read that cats dislike going on aluminum foil...
do they sell those Glad disposable baking pans where you live? they're made of heavy duty plastic - you can bake in them.
post #35 of 46
sailahara, good for you! Kittens are umm...interesting, lol. They're also much easier than puppies, so if you've been through that, this should be a breeze. Shadow is probably too young to be expected to go through several rooms to find a litter box, especially if he's been carried to the play area. However, he should pick it up soon enough, and you won't have to have litter boxes in each room he frequents (impractical in a house with dogs - dogs quickly develop a taste for cat poop/"kitty crunchies").

Thank you for taking the little guy in. Cats might not be as "portable" as dogs, but they are just as loving and interactive. You might just find out you're a cat person, too.
post #36 of 46
Wow you are a fast learner lol. That kitten has you about trained. lol Congrats on your first kitten and from experience I can tell you that males are usually more affectionate. They also tend to follow you around more like a dog than a female will. This has been my experience. Make sure you introduce him to your dogs slowly, the dogs will be more upset than the cat usually but shadow should have them trained quickly. My kittens all have trained the dogs in my house to be their personal slaves in a few weeks. You might even find that your dogs being german shepherds take a very maternal role to the kitten.
When the kitten bites or attacks your toes I have found that distraction teaches them faster. Tell him no and then offer him a toy and he will figure out that the toy gets the abuse. The ring on a bottle of milk works wonders in our house. Good luck and don't be surprised if you find yourself looking for a companion for Shadow. Its how we all started. lol
post #37 of 46
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Well I can say it has been a long nite to say the least! Shadow has decided that his naps all day long has helped him stay awake all nite long!! He played all nite, he played with the mini blinds, my hair, my fingers, toes, blankets, his toys that crunch. LOL But I couldnt get mad at him he was just to cute at it! Finally around 6:30 this morn he decided to take nap. Are cats mostly nocturnal? Or is this a stage hopefully? My shepherds were wore out this morn because they didnt sleep either with the movement in the house. However they are all getting along fine. As soon as Shadow arches back in the least they RUN!!! It is soo funny.

Oh also he got the fine art of covering Poop last night!!!!! In litter box!!!!!
post #38 of 46
They tend to hunt at night, when the field mice and other critters are out. The trick is to keep them busy during the day between naps.

Lauren, we've used aluminium pans without a problem before.
post #39 of 46
If you do a little checking around on here there are quite a few threads dealing with cats keeping people up at night, and tips to try to get them to stop.
Thats fuuny about the dogs running away. LOL! Have any been brave enough to give him a sniff? How many do you have (sorry if this has been asked already)
Good for Shadow for covering the poopies! I have one cat that is absolutly OCD about covering, she digs a hole to the bottom of the box, goes in it, then covers that up with as much litter as she possibly can, if there happens to be a piece of paper or clothing on the floor, she will pick that up and cover it with that as well! The other cat poops and goes, doesn't even try to cover. She does cover her pee. I have tried to explain to her that its the poop that stinks, she won't listen, lol.
post #40 of 46
Oh this is a wonderful thread!
Thank you Saliahara for being such a loving wonderful person
Shawdow is a lucky baby!

(You will quickly see why we all adore cats around here )

You have a great attitude going into this. I am certain Shawdow, you and your family will be fine.

btw - I adore German Shepherds. My neighbor's German Shepherd found two very young abandoned kittens outside. He took each one inside, one by one, in his mouth and brought them to his owner. He then stood guard over them and fetched his owners each time another feeding was due (they had to be bottle fed).He pretty much "stood guard" over them his entire life. His owners also knew they had to take care of them, since the dog told them too.

I have faith in your German Shepherds.
post #41 of 46
Java~The foil pans did work. They are much heavier than regular aluminum foil so it does not make the same noise as aluminum foil makes. Would not have made a bit of difference for Hannah anyway. She just lays down on aluminum foil!!
post #42 of 46
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Well so far so good Shadow is eating good and now has regular stool (yay, in the litter box even)! The german shepherds (2 of them Sailahara-Female-2yrs, and Gyro-male-8mths) are doing just fine with him. Shadow lets them know if they are making him uncomfortable, and they run! Shadow doesnt have to do anything other than hiss alittle and arch his back! I have already fell for him, Shadow has shook this house up LOL in a good way though! I think he is happy to be here too though because he has just took over the house, so very quickly!
post #43 of 46
Yayyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's really wonderful that you took him in, and it's great to see that he's getting along with his new family!
post #44 of 46
My dogs are afraid of Zoey. She weighs in at 10 lbs, the dogs are 82, 88 and 105. It's pretty funny that she is the boss and has been since she was a kitten.
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by sailahara View Post
Well so far so good Shadow is eating good and now has regular stool (yay, in the litter box even)! The german shepherds (2 of them Sailahara-Female-2yrs, and Gyro-male-8mths) are doing just fine with him. Shadow lets them know if they are making him uncomfortable, and they run! Shadow doesnt have to do anything other than hiss alittle and arch his back! I have already fell for him, Shadow has shook this house up LOL in a good way though! I think he is happy to be here too though because he has just took over the house, so very quickly!
How wonderful..I'm so happy for both Shadow and for you He sure does sound happy to be at your house!

As for nighttime playing...he might have played all night because you were up with him....try going to bed at your usual time...Shadow won't take long to figure out that he doesn't have a playmate at night. It took a few nights for my Samson to get the hint. Now he sleeps when we do. None of my other cats ever played at night..he was the ony one. But it was so cute to watch him, and he continued as long as he had an audience!
post #46 of 46
Just wanted to say this is a really sweet story! I am so glad Shadow found you! He is a lucky guy to have someone rescue him who cares so much. I hope he makes your family really happy.

And definitely stick around here, there is tons of information here, and a great community to hang out in general!
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