i got a kitten! but what now?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by littlebitofit, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. littlebitofit macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2008
    Christmas came early.. after working long and hard today i came home and found a kitten in my boyfriends arms! except i dont know what to do with her. I've had cats before but those were pets that i had since i can remember. I dont remember much of the processes of getting a new cat.

    she keeps hiding under my bed and when we get her out she just hides in corners or on a chair under a table. not only that but she keeps meowing!!

    unfortunately i dont know how old she is or anything about her history, my boyfriend forgot to ask.

    does anyone have any advice? im going to see if i can take her to the vet sometime next week.
  2. quotemeas macrumors regular

    May 28, 2008
    I would expect that a new cat in a new environment would hide often. Let he or she worm up to you over time.
  3. DJMastaWes macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2006
    Montreal, Quebec
    I remember when I got my cat last year - he did the same thing.
    The meowing will stop in a few weeks, she's just looking for her mom.
    As for the hiding, try to me friendly - pet her, hold her, ect whenever you can get to her, she'll eventually get used to you and see that you're not harmful.

    Other than that, love it!!!

    You should post pictures for us to see her.
  4. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Get another one!

    Just like people, cats like company - she'll be a lot happier with a little friend to play with.

    Meantime, move slowly around her - sudden movements will frighten her. She'll soon get used to her new surroundings and will learn to trust you.
  5. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2005
    Give the kitten lots of attention. Gentle and slow. Feed her some milk by hand.

    The kitten may have been taken away a little young. Make a safe sleeping area somewhere warm and quiet.

    Enjoy all the scratching :D
  6. LeahM macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2008
    Heres a link. But we usually just let the cat wonder and when he starts coming out in the open (as opposed to slinking near the walls) then we'll try and bribe him with treats and affection.

    Good luck!!
  7. sparkyms macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2007
    Southampton UK
    Ask the Question: Will It Blend?

    Seriously though, as the owner of 5 cats, just be calm and comfortable around it and it will come and be friends with you over time. It will take longer than a few days for him and her to feel comfortable with their surroundings enough so to move out of it's hidey-hole and say hello.

    Just make sure the kitten has access to clean water, and obviously littering facilities as those habits can't be enforced too early.

    Don't be loud around them, and don't force them to be cuddled because that can turn them right off it later in life. Make sure they have a nice comfy place to sleep.

    Get a ball of string and it should be happy, hehe.

    &I agree on the pics front, we need pics!! :)
  8. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area
    Let the cat get used to the house slowly. Start by keeping them in one room, once they stop hiding in the room and are comfortable with you being around, open the door and let them explore the next room.

    Its important you get your cat people friendly now, or else they will become a) a serious angry annoying thing or b) really anti-social. But don't force your self on to the cat if they become really uncomfertable

    My cat one we adopted him as a kitten, was incredibly anti social and violent. But slowly he became the best cat we have owned! Smart, very tolerable of whatever you can do to him, well behaved, people friendly, and almost dog like. (Dog loyalty and played fetch!)


    P.S. If you know some kids who are good enough with animals to cuddle it without traumatizing it, get them.
  9. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    I actually disagree w/ what some other posters are suggesting.

    Felines are very solitary animals. If it wants attention, it will come to you for it. Then give it to her. If they want to hide and run away from you, let them. Cats do what they want, it's in their nature.

    1. Make a very warm bedding for it.

    2. Show the kitty where the litter box is, don't force them. Just bring them there once awhile.

    3. Keep one brand of food or make a slow transition if different. Otherwise they'll have diarrhea.

    Once they warm up to you, everything will be ok. Keep in mind, #1 is VERY important for kittens, let alone older cats. Cats hate the cold.
  10. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Post pictures!
  11. JackMaurer macrumors member


    Dec 22, 2008
  12. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Agreed. The poster who referred to the socialization aspect was talking about a male cat. Male cats behave much more like dogs, while females are extremely independent.

    To the OP, be patient with her. Let her get used to her new home. This may take weeks. It took my female siamese months to get comfortable, but she's an adult, a kitten should take less time.

    That's not helpful at all. If you have no helpful advice, perhaps you should spend your time posting elsewhere.
  13. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    If she's hiding, the worst thing to do is to try to get her out of her spot, or to give her attention that she doesn't want. She's hiding for a reason. When she comes out after 1 hour of sitting by herself, let her wander around the house alone. No need to give her a personal tour.
  14. mattwrit macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2008
    My biggest bit of advice is to get another kitten as soon as is possible (and preferebly from some sort of rescue centre if the place that provided the kitten doesn't have any more siblings available).

    Kittens need A LOT of time otherwise they grow to become quite antisocial and a bit of a pain and, as cats, they like company so you'll have a much nicer, more social cat if it's got a companion.
  15. BoingoBongo macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
    There's really only two things you need to do:

    1. Take pictures
    2. Add grammatically incorrect captions
  16. LeahM macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2008
    lol, I totally agree.
  17. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2005
    Haha. I was going to say something a bit meaner, completely in jest of course, but then when I saw the sheer number of cat lovers on this thread, I decided against it.

    Congrats on the new pet. From what I know of cats, it will warm up soon and all will be fine. You simply must purchase a laser pointer. One of the best cat toys EVER.
  18. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Pictures would be lovely!

    Let the kitten get used to everything, as said, don't make sudden movements, think of it form the cats view, you're a big, unknown person, who can't be trusted (for now), you need to earn it's trust :)
  19. Much Ado macrumors 68000

    Much Ado

    Sep 7, 2006
  20. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Feed it -- the kitten will expect to eat!

    Seriously, if you don't know the kitten's age, it may have been weaned too early, which could mean it will need to be bottle fed for awhile (assuming it's not eating already). Also, not knowing where it came from, it could have health issues -- e.g., worms. Probably you should have the kitten checked out by a vet ASAP.
  21. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    My kitten would hide under the love seat, the bed and not come out until he needed to eat. I eventually placed his food and water/milk in the center of the kitchen and setup his litter box in the bathroom. It was a matter of days when he came out from hiding, and eventually climbed all over us and would sit in our laps and "the purring motor" was on auto-pilot 24/7. Give them some time, get them their shots and get them fixed. You'll see the difference in their temperament...
  22. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Beat me to it, you *@#$erd.

    3. Garnish with Cheezbrgrs
    4. Rinse and repeat

    Kittehs tend to not like loud noise - especially in new / foreign environments. So try to keep holiday loudness to a minimum until kitteh is situated.



    Play moar.

  23. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Just scan the little fuzzball into the computer, or use the iSight.


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