I was due to get a kitten from a friend in a few weeks but unfortunately his mother hasn't been seen since Monday my friend really doesn't know a lot about cats (the kittens were a mistake mum got out before being neutered and 9 weeks later the little bundle arrived) so I have agreed to take him on early.
I have a little experience with young kittens when I had to subsidize feeding a litter when mum was ill and not doing a proper job, so I know to make sure he has the kitten formula milk and so on. However I am lost beyond that.
He refuses to use the litter tray, if I put him in it he scampers away, as yet he's not pooped and he's been here almost 2 days now. I thought at 5 weeks they were doing this themselves, or does mum still lick them to get them to go?
in general he seems content enough, he's latched on to me as mummy and seems to like my youngest daughter too which is good. He does the cloth licking thing and squeaks when he's hungry. He is eating fine (won't touch meat but likes the kitten biscuits, which is what he was eating before coming here) and loves the formula which I'm giving him as per the instructions (135ml a day over about 4 feeds)
Can anyone help with the litter thing and/or suggest anything else I should be doing. (he has a vets appointment next Tuesday)
Sorry about the long post.