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post #1 of 20
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Hey everyone, I am new to the forum, and new to the cat world. I just got a siamese kitten for my birthday yesterday and she is precious. Her name is Nit Noi (means "little bit" in Thai) I'm kinda learning as I go, as this is the first time I've had a cat, we always had dogs growing up. Is it OK to leave the kitten out during the day when I'm not home for the first few days, or should keep her in the cage til I get home? I felt like an aweful mommy leaving her locked up this morning, but i did go home for lunch and play with her for about 30 minutes. I showed her the litter box and food bowls, but she she hasn't used the litter box at all and she's barely nibbled on her food. Is that normal, given she had a pretty eventful day moving to a new home yesterday? Any tips and suggestions would be helpful!

I posted this on an existing thread yesterday and I'm already learning new things and changing stuff as I go. I kept Nit Noi in the bathroom last night and today while at work, with toys, food, bed, and litter box. She seems to be happy enough with that, but she still isn't using her litter box. She has pooped twice in the bathtub. Anyone have suggestions of how to get her to stop that before my parents come tomorrow for an out-of-town visit?
post #2 of 20
Hi, Sierra, Serenity and I welcome you to TCS! So glad you've joined us and look forward to getting to know you better! I would be so happy to help you in any way as you learn your way around the site. Please, simply click on my user name and send me a Private Message!

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Hi there PrincessRandom - I'm so happy you dropped by New Cats on the Block. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us here on TCS - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions


Congratulations on your birthday yesterday - what a wonderful gift you got . You might like to check our the behaviour forum - you could even try posting a thread there about your litter tray issues - the relevant experts will be able to give you some really good advice then. Good luck
post #4 of 20
Welcome to the site!! I'm sure you will fall in love with everyone here. They are terribly friendly and helpful in everyway!! Look forward to getting to know you and your new furkid!
post #5 of 20
Welcome to TCS!!

Can't wait to see pics
post #6 of 20
Hi and welcome! Good luck with your new little addition!
post #7 of 20
Congratulations from a fellow meezer meomy! I actually don't think leaving her in her carrier (depending on the size mind you) while you are away is such a great idea. If it a large kennel type that has her food, water and litter, that is probably acceptable until she gets used to your home. But if it is small carrier, that is not a good solution. She needs room to play and exercise, to eat, drink and to be able to go to her litter box. I just saw you left her in the bathroom - that is a better solution!! She needs to feel safe so it's best to keep her in a smaller area until she gets adjusted to you and your home.

Many kittens on their first day in a new home do not eat well - they are too nervous and still a bit stressed. She should be eating by her second day though because cats cannot afford NOT to eat. They do not have the reserves to go without food for extended periods of time.

As for the litter box - is she using the same litter as she was at the breeder's? How old is she? Kittens should only leave their mom at 12 weeks so their feline mama can teach them many things - inlcuding using the litter box (with their human's help of course). Did you take her to her box and scratch her paws in it? Is the litter box far from her food? It should be since kitties hate to have their food and their litter box close together. When yu clean the bathtub, do not use any product with amonia - that smells to a kitty a bit like her urine so she willbe inclined to go there again. It could also be stress since she is still adjusting to your home. Praise her when she goes in her litterbox but never scold her for not going there - cats do not understand what it means and it just scares them.

When my little Quan Yin (pict below) came home, I took a week off work because I see her in much the same way as I would as a new baby and in many respects, it is very similar! You have a baby who needs lots of protection and care and the more time you can spend with her when you first bring her home, the better! Have you catproofed your home?

What kind of meezer is she? ie. my YY is a Seal Point, others are blue point, tortie point, etc. I like her name - was that one given by the breeder for registration purposes or did you give her another name?

Good luck!! And we want to see pix!!
post #8 of 20
Welcome to TCS! and congratulations on your new baby! I was glad that you have her in the bathroom when you're gone. Since she feels comfortable pottying in the tub, you might move her box there. Also, is her cat litter unscented?? Cats have very sensitive noses and the fragrances are very irritating (I often get asthma from scented cat litter myself). I have had great success with JonnyCat Unscented litter, even when using it in an outside box to keep stray ferals from using flowerbeds. I look forward to learning more about your new girl! Siamese are so very smart - someone else here has a Siamese that uses the people toilet, gives a hi-5, sits up & other tricks. See ya in the forums! Susan
post #9 of 20
By the way, the TCS member, MeezerPleezer, is the one with the cat, Skye, who is so very talented!
post #10 of 20
Hi and welcome to TCS!

Congratulations on receiving a kitty! You will certainly learn a lot here and get as much help as you need! You'll also make some wonderful friends on the way!

I look forward to seeing pictures of your fur baby and chatting to you in the other forums!
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by CyberKitten
Congratulations from a fellow meezer meomy! I actually don't think leaving her in her carrier (depending on the size mind you) while you are away is such a great idea. If it a large kennel type that has her food, water and litter, that is probably acceptable until she gets used to your home. But if it is small carrier, that is not a good solution. She needs room to play and exercise, to eat, drink and to be able to go to her litter box. I just saw you left her in the bathroom - that is a better solution!! She needs to feel safe so it's best to keep her in a smaller area until she gets adjusted to you and your home.

Many kittens on their first day in a new home do not eat well - they are too nervous and still a bit stressed. She should be eating by her second day though because cats cannot afford NOT to eat. They do not have the reserves to go without food for extended periods of time.

As for the litter box - is she using the same litter as she was at the breeder's? How old is she? Kittens should only leave their mom at 12 weeks so their feline mama can teach them many things - inlcuding using the litter box (with their human's help of course). Did you take her to her box and scratch her paws in it? Is the litter box far from her food? It should be since kitties hate to have their food and their litter box close together. When yu clean the bathtub, do not use any product with amonia - that smells to a kitty a bit like her urine so she willbe inclined to go there again. It could also be stress since she is still adjusting to your home. Praise her when she goes in her litterbox but never scold her for not going there - cats do not understand what it means and it just scares them.

When my little Quan Yin (pict below) came home, I took a week off work because I see her in much the same way as I would as a new baby and in many respects, it is very similar! You have a baby who needs lots of protection and care and the more time you can spend with her when you first bring her home, the better! Have you catproofed your home?

What kind of meezer is she? ie. my YY is a Seal Point, others are blue point, tortie point, etc. I like her name - was that one given by the breeder for registration purposes or did you give her another name?

Good luck!! And we want to see pix!!
Well, Nit Noi is getting better with the litter box in the tub, she got 1 out 2 in the right place this morning. Nit Noi is a blue point. Thankfully I had already taken a few days off since my dad is coming to visit, so I will be off Thursday-Monday to stay home and play with my new baby. I had already decided on her name, but it fits her purrfectly, as she was the smallest in her litter. I've spent lots of time in Thailand so I thought it appropriate to name her something from the land of her ancestors.
post #12 of 20
Welcome to the site and congrats on your new kitten. It is hard for a new kitten and cat to get used to a new house. You should keep your kitten in a room for a few days with her litter box and food and then you can keep her in there while you are away. I wouldn't let a new kitten or cat out until they have been in the house for a month first as it might wander off and it won't know the area.

I've read that if you put a little clock under the kitten's blanket in its bed that it sounds like its mother's heartbeat and a hot water bottle under its blanket is a comfort too as it reminds the kitten of nuzzling up to its mother's warm body.


To get the kitten to go in the litter box , teach the kitten to walk into the box but first take her up to it by holding her in your hands and scratch its front feet in the litter so it gets used to scratching the litter away and going to the bathroom. If you need more help you can email me and I'll be happy to help you out as I've had kittens in the past.
post #13 of 20
Welcome to TCS


seems like you have already recieved lots of advise for your questions and your new kitty seems to be settling in well - love the name and would love to see some pictures when you can
post #14 of 20
hi and Welcoeme to TCS!!!!

See you on the forums!
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice & welcome, everyone. Nit Noi has settled in quite nicely, although she is no longer allowed in the bathroom. (she heads straight for the tub everytime, even though she is consistently using her litter box) I've started using the spray bottle technique to train her not to climb on certain things and that seems to be working pretty well. She's so funny, one minute she's snoozing on a chair, the next she is tearing around the house at top speed, sliding across the hardwood floors. She is very tolerant of little kids, which is awesome, since I babysit for several families with toddlers and plan to have a few of my own some day...I've taken lots of pictures this week and hope to be able to put some on the forum when I finish of the roll.
post #16 of 20
Welcome to TCS! As you have already learned-there are so many helpful people here to answer your many questions! Can't wait to see pictures!!
post #17 of 20
Welcome to the forum. Meezers are lovely and I can't wait to see a picture of yours. You will enjoy your time spent here I'm sure. Lots of wonderful people.
post #18 of 20
welcome to TCS!
post #19 of 20
Hello and welcome!!!

post #20 of 20
congrats! & belated wishes!! I am Donna proudly owned by the incredible trio!
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