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post #1 of 17
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Hi there. I'm a college student in Michigan and I recently took in the cutest little tomcat. I named him 'Alister'!
My friend's mother found him (and his sisters) under a bush in her backyard. Their mother is a gorgeous white semi-feral cat. She wanders the neighborhood and everyone feeds her and she lets people pet her sometimes.
We recently put up the money and got her fixed. We still let her roam free though! She seems happier that way and she's always around.

Anyway, since my friend has three kitties already, I decided to take the only boy of the litter. He's suuuper loving and so very cute. He was also the only striped kitten. His sisters were all black or all white.

Here are some pictures!:





Look at the ends of his ears! Bobcat tufts! So cute!



This collar has a pink bow-tie and it's so adorable. There was a bell on it but he didn't like the jingling at all, haha.



He chooses the weirdest places to nap. Under my shirt, on my foot or here, on my keyboard.

He's such an odd little guy but I'm totally in love.
I do have some questions though.

When is the best time to neuter? And why? A friend told me 6-7 months is a good time to aim for (he's about four months old now). Suggestions?

Also, what are products you use to cut nails? Grooming tools (brushes, etc)?

PS: Excuse any errors. Alister is sitting on my keyboard and rolling over my fingers as I type. He's too cute for me to resist :[
post #2 of 17
Welcome to you and your handsome little guy to TCS. He is such a cutie pie!
7 months is too long to wait for a male cat to be neutered, 6 months at the very max, but you could also do it now. Pediatric neuters are very common (as early as 8 weeks and over 2 lbs.).

You can use large human nail clippers and just turn the vertical to cut his nails, just make sure you dont cut the quick.

If you have any additional questions, you can click on my username and I will be glad to help you and your little sweetie.
post #3 of 17
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7 months is too long to wait for a male cat to be neutered, 6 months at the very max, but you could also do it now.
Why is it too long? What's the matter with waiting?
post #4 of 17
You dont want him to smell a female or another cat anywhere outside or he may start spraying, espeicially boys. And cats can certainly smell other cats, even when we cannot.
post #5 of 17
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You dont want him to smell a female or another cat anywhere outside or he may start spraying, espeicially boys. And cats can certainly smell other cats, even when we cannot.
Ah okay. You make a good point there.
I'll aim for doing it earlier then.

So is it true that neutered cats can get fatter, more easily?
I mean .. not fatter .. OBESE. That's the word I wanted. I don't want Alister to get over-weight, so after he gets the snip, will I have to monitor his diet more closely?
post #6 of 17
No its not true. Cats need good premium food, the best you can afford, but he also needs exercise. You can do that one on one with him with a toy like the Da Bird or you can get him another kitty to play and run with

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=64

Here is a place where you can ask/read and get advice on quality feeding.
post #7 of 17
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

Please feel as you home here, we can learn so much and deep about our kittys in this marvelous site, I just only please ask you read the rules and other stuffs that can help you to feel as you Real home!.. here you have the link my friend.
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82565

Please ask whatever you need to know, there are plenty of good members and of course our tireness Mod´s to help us here!....

See you on the forums!, Glad that you join us!

post #8 of 17
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No its not true. Cats need good premium food, the best you can afford, but he also needs exercise. You can do that one on one with him with a toy like the Da Bird or you can get him another kitty to play and run with

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=64

Here is a place where you can ask/read and get advice on quality feeding.
Thanks a bunch!
post #9 of 17
Hello and welcome to you and Alister! What a cutie pie!

Hurray for all who were involved in getting the mama spayed!
post #10 of 17
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Hello and welcome to you and Alister! What a cutie pie!

Hurray for all who were involved in getting the mama spayed!
Thanks for the welcome!
Isn't he cuuute? From what I can see, your kitties are too!!

And yeah, it was really great to hear they pulled together to get her spayed.
I heard it was a hell of a time catching her, haha.
post #11 of 17
Hello and Welcome to TCS neighborhood And may I say what a little cutie Alister is...
post #12 of 17
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Hello and Welcome to TCS neighborhood And may I say what a little cutie Alister is...
Thanks! He appreciates the compliment!
post #13 of 17
Hello and Welcome to the forum! Nice to meet you here.
post #14 of 17

Welcome to our community,
Alister is adorable.
I hope that I see you two around the site.
post #15 of 17
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys!
post #16 of 17
Welcome! Allister is adorable! I agree with the others that waiting 6 mos is too long. My experience has been that they do seem to calm down a little after surgery which might lessen their activity level but you are going to have to do it eventually. You do not want to wait until he is old enough to start spraying. It's a mess.

post #17 of 17
awww, how cute!
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