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Kitties are 5 weeks old!!! :) (question)

post #1 of 22
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Hey everyone!

Not sure if you remember me or not, but I'm the one who found the two kitties in my neighbors yard, and after trying to take care of them, they passed a few nights later. Anways...I'm not sure if you all remember me telling you or not, but another stray had kittens under my deck, well, they survived and they are now 5 weeks old! I didn't get to bring them in, because the Momma cat was to wild for that...she let's me pet her, but moving her...ehhh she wouldn't let me. Ok. So this brings me to my question. I have owned cats since I can remember, but I've never kept one inside. I live way out in the country, and they are safe from traffic and other people(plus these kitties were born inside of my pool fence. No dogs or anything could get in). I'm keeping one of the kitties, and I have decided that I do want to keep it inside. What's the best way of "kitty-proofing" my house, if you will. I'm nervous that she'll get hurt, or into something. I'm very excited though, because if my two outdoor cats are as spoiled as they are, she is going to be soooo spoiled. Anyways..any tips or advice you have would be appreciated!

THANKS IN ADVANCE!


Here are two of them(in my siggy). The runt was under the deck, but he looks just like the orange one. I'm keeping the black one(I think, not 100% sure which one I want..such a hard choice). I've named her Sassy.
post #2 of 22
First....I understand that mom is wild, but I would encourage you to borrow a humane trap and get mom spayed. Otherwise, she will get pregnant again and bring you more kittens. So please do right by the mom and have her spayed so she can live outdoors and not have anymore babies. I have linked a site with TNR groups in your state:

http://www.alleycat.org/orgs.html#nc

Also, here is a list of low cost clinics:

http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html#nc

As far as kitten proofing your home, you will want to get down on your knees and see if there is anything that she could get "into" that she could not get "out of". Additionally, there are some plants that are poisonous to cats so if you have any plants, make sure they are kitten safe. I recommend you go to your library and check out "Cats for dummies" which has a whole section on getting ready to bring your cat home.

Katie
post #3 of 22
OMG what pretty wittle babies!!!

I wish I lived closer to you - I would just LOVE an orange male furbaby!!!
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by GingersMom
OMG what pretty wittle babies!!!

I wish I lived closer to you - I would just LOVE an orange male furbaby!!!
Gingersmom....have you looked on Petfinder?? I'm sure you could find a ginger boy closer to you.

Katie
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by TNR1
Gingersmom....have you looked on Petfinder?? I'm sure you could find a ginger boy closer to you.

Katie
I have, but those that I found all wanted landlord approval, and my landlord just won't let me have more than one.

Here's a reprint from something I posted elsewhere (no hijack intended, sorry!):
I have just one, which is all my landlord will allow. I don't think it's fair - he has two! The problem is that his are both boys that peed all over their new apartment after they moved in (we live in a duplex and the landlord has the apartment upstairs,) so much so that the landlord had to replace his rugs.

So, just because HIS cats peed all over, he assumes that any I get will also, so he won't let me have more than one. Plus they were shelter cats that had already been neutered when he got them, so he has no idea when it was done or exactly how old they are.

I tried to tell him they were just being territorial and were probably stressed by the move, but he wouldn't hear it. His cats also don't get along and they fight all the time - it sounds like elephants upstairs when they are fighting. They each have their own roon upstairs, and God forbid if one crosses over the threshhold into the other's territory!

I REALLY would like another furbaby, but without landlord approval, I can't get another from the local shelter. If anyone in or close to MA has any kittens they are looking to find a good home for, Ginger would love someone to play with! Until then, she makes do playing with her beanie baby orange tiger kitten.
post #6 of 22
Ginger'smom~

In my experience, some placement groups put "Landlord approval required" on the form, but don't really check... might be worth looking into. ???
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by TNR1
First....I understand that mom is wild, but I would encourage you to borrow a humane trap and get mom spayed. Otherwise, she will get pregnant again and bring you more kittens. So please do right by the mom and have her spayed so she can live outdoors and not have anymore babies.
No worries, I plan to! Thanks for all the advice. I'm still nervous about it...and to think, usually people are more worried keeping them outdoors! I'll check out the sites!!!

GingersMom- I really REALLY wish there was some way I could give him to you. I would love for him to go to a good home, where he would have another kitty to play with. He is so outgoing, spunky, and FLUFFY. I know you would love him to death! Are you comming to NC anytime soon? hehe..If they're is anyway I could get him to you...seriously let me know! I'm so scared to get rid of my two little babies...I don't want anything to happen to them, but I just can't keep all three... It's unfair to them.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by PrincessTiffany
GingersMom- I really REALLY wish there was some way I could give him to you. I would love for him to go to a good home, where he would have another kitty to play with. He is so outgoing, spunky, and FLUFFY. I know you would love him to death! Are you comming to NC anytime soon? hehe..If they're is anyway I could get him to you...seriously let me know! I'm so scared to get rid of my two little babies...I don't want anything to happen to them, but I just can't keep all three... It's unfair to them.
I wish I could get down there for a visit, as my aunt lives in NC and a good friend does as well, but I just don't have the vaca time right now to make the drive from MA. Here's a REALLY stupid question, but can kittens be shipped? I'd be happy to pay for it if it was at all possible, once he's old enough. I have a great vet here, and my Ginger is a happy and healthy girl - I just know she would love a little brother to boss around!!
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by PrincessTiffany
No worries, I plan to! Thanks for all the advice. I'm still nervous about it...and to think, usually people are more worried keeping them outdoors! I'll check out the sites!!!

GingersMom- I really REALLY wish there was some way I could give him to you. I would love for him to go to a good home, where he would have another kitty to play with. He is so outgoing, spunky, and FLUFFY. I know you would love him to death! Are you comming to NC anytime soon? hehe..If they're is anyway I could get him to you...seriously let me know! I'm so scared to get rid of my two little babies...I don't want anything to happen to them, but I just can't keep all three... It's unfair to them.
There is also a really good yahoo group that has great information in their file section on trapping, taming etc:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/feral_cats/

Katie
post #10 of 22
Gingers mom I sent you a PM. I am in MA. kitties not here yet, but will be and need to find good homes for them.
post #11 of 22
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Yes! They can be shipped, because breeders and such ship them all the time. If you find out the info, I would be more than happy to ship him to you. Nothing would make me more happier than knowing someone who would love him, is taking him. I really hope their is some way you can get him. It would make me feel so much better! Please let me know ASAP!

All this of course if things don't work out with junior67! Wasn't trying to over step you!

OH and I took some more pics of them all when I brought them in to feed them today. I'll post them sometime soon!
post #12 of 22
Yes please! More pics, please!!!
post #13 of 22
Princess---- nope you were first in line. LOL so not overstepping me and mine aren't even due till the end of June and not sure what colors or sexes we will have. They are too cute BTW. I would love to see more pictures and hope you catch them and find GREAT homes for them!
post #14 of 22
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Thank you! I hope I find them great homes as well! My Mom wants the runt, but I still love the black one...It licks my nose every time lay my head down...it's the CUTEST thing! Anyways...Here are some more pics! Enjoy!


This is the bigger orange one(the one in my siggy)




Here are two of the orange ones together...the runt is on the right, but I'm sure you know that!



Here's the little runt...He is just to cute...I call him 'Zippy'



Here they are outside-I had to help the little runt get out of that crack...he got stuck when someone started their lawn mower...awww...lol


Here is my little princess, Sassy


And here they are eating(for some reason, they won't eat out of a cat dish? ) Sassy bit the bigger orange one...see his feet off the ground....lol
post #15 of 22
I would be very careful about allowing them outside since they haven't received their first shots. Also, some adoptors may want to keep their kittens indoors only...so I would encourage you to keep them indoors. Additionally, mom should be kept indoors and away from intact males until she is spayed...we don't want her to become pregnant again.

Katie
post #16 of 22
OMG!! So precious!!!

Zippy is ADORABLE!!!!!
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by TNR1
I would be very careful about allowing them outside since they haven't received their first shots. Also, some adoptors may want to keep their kittens indoors only...so I would encourage you to keep them indoors. Additionally, mom should be kept indoors and away from intact males until she is spayed...we don't want her to become pregnant again.

Katie

Yeah...I know, but I have to take them outside because they're still eating of of thier mom...and she is way to wild to bring inside! I tried to get her when she first had them, and no luck. Even if I did use a trap...I don't have anywhere I could keep her, considering she'd probably go crazy. There is no way any dogs or could get them or anything like that, because there is a fence around my pool, and they cant get in. But, As soon as I get them eating on thier own, I'm going to bring them in for good, and I've already started to litter train them. Also, I understand your concern about the male cats...I'm worried about that too! I'm going to trap the her and have her fixed ASAP. Thank you for the info though!

GingersMom...You can still have one if you want! I'm still thinking of how happy that'd make me and the little kitty- and of course you! Hehe, glad you liked them!
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by PrincessTiffany
GingersMom...You can still have one if you want! I'm still thinking of how happy that'd make me and the little kitty- and of course you! Hehe, glad you liked them!
I'm researching pet transportation & shipping - I'll PM you when I have specific info. It requires that they get the rabies vac at least 30 days prior and need to have a vet sign a clean bill of health for travel, etc...
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by GingersMom
I'm researching pet transportation & shipping - I'll PM you when I have specific info. It requires that they get the rabies vac at least 30 days prior and need to have a vet sign a clean bill of health for travel, etc...
Ok! I can do that! Let me know the rest!
post #20 of 22
I have just seen this thread - what precious gorgeous little kittens
post #21 of 22
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Thank you Huggles!!!! You are a sweetheart...I sent you a PM, but I told you the wrong thread for pics. You found them anyway, so YAY!
post #22 of 22
OMG orange babys are so cute and sassy well need I say more
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