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post #1 of 13
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Hello from South Carolina - the greatest place in the world,
My wife and I got our first kitten last week and recently found this site. It was a stray found at work and we took one of the three kittens they found. We are taking her to the vet tomorrow to get checked out. Right now she is probably 6 - 7 weeks old. And we have a few questions:

She is very very active and doesn't want to sleep at night, is this normal? is there a certain age where kittens start sleeping more and at night?

With so much playing she like to play bite hands/climb legs. She has started to do it less since I started squirting her with water when she does it. Is this something she may grow out of? When she's calm she's very sweet and likes to sleep on my shoulder or real high on my chest around my neck (goes for my wife too).

We've been feeding her soft food so far and giving her milk to drink. When should we start giving her just water to drink and switching to dry food?

Thanks for all the help,
Paul and Julie
post #2 of 13
Welcome Paul and Julie!
Your kitten sounds very cute!
You can read all about kitten care in the special forums but first I suggest that instead of squirting water when she just wants to play, distract her with cat toys and don't use your hands as targets. Cats love to pounce on anything that moves.
Cats are basically nocturnal. A good way for you to get more sleep is to give her food and exhaust her with active play prior to retiring. It won't guarantee 8 hours of peace, more of 5 or 6
post #3 of 13
Welcome!!! You are going to it here!!!
post #4 of 13
At that age she is typical kitten. I wouldn't be squirting her with water either, nor letting her drink cow's milk. KMR yes, but regular milk isn't a wise idea. They are in prey drive in the middle of the night, usually from 10:00 p.m. to around 4:00 a.m. this is when they would typically hunt for prey, and no matter how long a cat has been bred to be domesticated, you can't take that wild instinct away from them.
post #5 of 13
Welcome to the site Paul and Julie! Hope you can post a picture of your new little addition

I am dropping you a private message that answers a couple of questions that new members have and I will also link you to a couple of posts about cow milk, etc and why it is not good for cats So glad you took the time to introduce yourself!
post #6 of 13
Hi welcome to the site.
post #7 of 13
Glad to meet you, I'm lori and my lil one below is Yasmine! WELCOME!
post #8 of 13
Welcome Paul and Julie!
post #9 of 13
Hello and
post #10 of 13
hello and welcome to TCS...i hope you enjoy
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks y'all for the information and warm welcome!

Paul and Julie
post #12 of 13
Hi! and welcome to TCS!!!

See you on the forums!
post #13 of 13
Welcome, Paul and Julie!
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