Oops. Please forgive the double post. This one only got partly posted. The other one has more to it.
To answer your question, TNR1, yes I am concerned about a kitten not using a litterbox in my apartment. I had to get special permission to have a cat, and I told my landlady I intend to do all I can to keep the cat from being destructive.
I'm going to see what my boss means to do with the mother cat. If they want her to stick around, I'm going to try to tactfully see if they'll consider having her spayed. They're not the type to mistreat animals; my boss may even end up taking her home himself.
(Added by GayeF)
I'm considering a kitten from an accidental litter. A lovely gray and white tabby likely was dumped at the farm where I work. There were four in her litter; they are now old enough to leave their mother. My boss is trying to find homes for them. I'm tempted to take one, but have a couple of questions.
1. Do cat mothers necessarily teach their offspring to use available sand?
These are in a barn and I've seen poop on the concrete floor. I don't
think they spend a whole lot of time outside, but I may be wrong. I'm afraid
that if I do take one, (s)he may use my wall-to-wall carpet. And my
apartment is almost totally carpeted.
2. Another question. They're pretty wild already. I've played with them some,
but if I laugh or accidently scrape my shoe across the floor, they're off like
a shot. They will play with the baling twine I frizzed out but I think they
kindof don't connnect me with the movement of the twine. Now, I don't
mind working with them, and I feel like I do have the patience, but I
wonder would one of these come around? Within a few days I think I can
get a better idea of how old they are.
Any input would be much appreciated.