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post #1 of 14
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For all of you that dont know me or remember me...I took in a stray a few weeks back, who only had one kitten
Well, here are updated pics...
I have 2 questions though, #1 is , I tried to just see if I could give squeeky anything solid at all, since he seems to nurse ALL DAY..I figured maybe he would be ready...He doesnt want bothered with it, so when does it really start to be needed??
And #2 is, The litter box...
Squiggles litter box is in our laundry room, which is about 20 feet from where the nest is...I thought I would put a second little one that was tiny, and low, by squeeky, hoping they could both use it, and he would follow mommy..
Well all squiggles does is kick the litter out of the box, so its all over the room
She doesnt even go in it, nor does baby even pay attention...

Do you think I could leave that issue alone right now? until he is more ready,??
No accidents yet, just wondering if when he is really ready, if i put the little one in the laundry room, that way they can kick litter all they want, if he will figure it out the more he is walking around??
If that makes sense

or does it have to be right beside him


Anyways, thanks again to everyone who helped me through delivery and squiggles problems..And thanks to everyone who will give me their input on this ...
post #2 of 14
Thats not a kitten, its a little black bear cub! Sooooooo Cute!
post #3 of 14
He's so big for three weeks!!!

You can try him with some solid mushy food if you want - It definately can't hurt.

And keep trying with the litter box, Mum will teach him to use it eventually.
post #4 of 14
Awww...ok....here is the thing...when I had a foster mom and her 3 kittens...I actually had the litterbox in close proximity to the nesting box (because I kept them in my bathroom). I used a xerox box for mom and the box top for the kittens. They didn't start using the box top (or for that matter the tub and the tiles) until they were around 4 to 5 weeks of age. That also coincided with their venture into mom's food....I fed mom both wet and dry and one day the kittens decided to join her. Since he is an only child...he'll learn at his own pace.

Katie
post #5 of 14
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but do you think 15-20 feet to far to walk?
Their nest is in my living room, I dont know whether to move the litterbox, or their nest or just leave all as is...
I just really dont want the litter box, or the litter all over the carpet, right by the front door
post #6 of 14
I tried to just see if I could give squeeky anything solid at all, since he seems to nurse ALL DAY..I figured maybe he would be ready...He doesnt want bothered with it, so when does it really start to be needed??

3-weeks is still rather young for solid food. What you may want to try is some KMR mixed with premium kitten food that is all squished together...like a mushy texture to it...no crunching yet.

Squiggles litter box is in our laundry room, which is about 20 feet from where the nest is...I thought I would put a second little one that was tiny, and low, by squeeky, hoping they could both use it, and he would follow mommy..
Well all squiggles does is kick the litter out of the box, so its all over the room
Do you think I could leave that issue alone right now? until he is more ready,??

I have never had newborns/babies with the "natural" mother near but have fostered many a newborn/baby. Do NOT use clumping litter for the little one...it could be a real disaster. I usually get some litter like "yesterday's news" and fill-up a small throw-away baking pan with the litter. Since you have mother cat close-by...your little one will surely follow momma's path eventually.
post #7 of 14
What a little ham! So cute, I'm curious to see what he will look like fully grown.
post #8 of 14
try moving the moms litter box closer. I am she she will have to use the potty and he will follow. I had to train my son HEHEHE. That was the only way he caught on. I think that is why he sits to pee and always wipes. OOPS
post #9 of 14
in my experience, the kittens started using the litter box right around the same time they started eating solid food. I think if the kitten is nursing and growing fine, I would just hold off another week or 2. Now, if he seems unsatisfied (crying alot), then I would think he needs something more substantial than milk. But, I doubt at 3 weeks that is an issue yet.

I agree with moving the mothers litter box closer.

Btw, he is adorable. He REALLY looks like our "Jack". If you lift his fur, is it white underneath (close to the skin)? That is the way Jack is...his fur is 'tipped' black, but it is white underneath. I'll post some pics below.
post #10 of 14
This was Jack when he was 3 weeks (we changed his name, it used to be Eeyore, long story):



then at about 4 or 5 weeks (not sure why he has that weird, scared look on his face, LOL):



At about 10 weeks:



And what he looks like now at almost 8 months:

post #11 of 14
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Aww he is so cute..
Squeeky looks alittle more "tabbyish" but not full tabby..
Like his head, sides, and arms, legs, and tail are all striped..with blk and silverish fur..the straight down his back is solid black..
His tummy is kind of like what your were saying, theres black on top, then when you move the fur around its white..
Im alil suprised by the changing, I thought he was all black till a lil while ago..Its amazing how they change so fast..His mother is almost the same, she is all white, but where he is solid she is tabby...
So he took the color from his daddy i think, and the pattern from her..

I guess I will move the litterbox out, soon...He seems content and babyish still.He barely goes far, still sleeps, but is learning how to walk on his own, so maybe in another week..

I just wanted to cry the other day, because after she kicked it out, my vacuem broke
But its fixed now , so I should be ok, even if i have to do it every 8 hours
post #12 of 14
My cat looked just like your little kitten when she was little. The vet thought she had a very unusal coat, thats why we took her (They had kittens they were adopting) We call her smokey because under the black she's white, though her nose and paw pads are black. She is almost a year now and she looks like a typical black cat, though when you move her fur she is white underneath. We found out later that the mother was a bombay. They call that fur color a smoke, supposed the be harder to find than your usual coats.
post #13 of 14
Here are some pics of my cat Smokey. This was the day I brought her home for the first time. Right now she is actually expecting kittens.





post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
interesting, thanks guys for sharing your thoughts and pics,

Yours look very much like him...even around the face, his ears of course are different, she looks like she is a breed of something, mine im sure are both products of alley cats..
the dad I see from a distance, atleast I am assuming he is the dad..He looks all black, but thats from 50 feet away...So im not 100%

Its amazing though, every week it seems to get lighter and lighter
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