Questions about my kitten?
Topic: Outside the box problem solving
July 17, 2019 / By Caitlyn Question:
My kitten Jamie is about three months old. Her and my three year old male cat Jinx get along great. About three weeks ago I stopped letting Jinx outside because he was bringing flees in. I have him on some store brand flee meds, but Jamie was picking up flees from him so I didn't want him going outside again till Jamie gets older. I started having to clean out the litter box on a daily bases and I try to keep it as clean as possible, but the cats fill it up so quickly while I'm at work and then the go on the floor and occasionally on the carpet. So my question is do you think they'd stop pooping on the floor if I got a second litter box? And if not, what's a good way to break this behavior? It's driving me crazy.
Second thing is when will Jamie be old enough where its safe to use flee meds? And what is the youngest you can safely have a cat spayed? Thank you so much. Any advice is appreciated!
The litter box is average size. About 8" by 14" and they don't really fill it up so to speak, once there's two or three poops in there they stop using it, and it's usually the kitten that'll just poop where ever in the room the litter box is in. But she continues to pee there. They've never peed outside the little box. Maybe she just doesn't want to share? I'll get another box and hopefully that'll solve the problem.
Yeah, I feed them the cheepest food at Wal-mart. I'm not well off right now ;). But the smell's not bad at all.
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Alva | 9 days ago
You should have at least one litterbox for each cat and a spare one too preferably,if you are out at work all day.Cats hate using dirty litter, it's like us going to the toilet after someone who hasn't flushed it. You need to clean the litterboxes as often as you can and throw the whole lot away once a week, wash the boxes and put fresh litter in.
Store brand flea medications are a waste of money,they don't work. You need to go to the vets and get some proper medication for Jinx and for Jamie too and some worming medication for them both as fleas carry worm eggs.The youngest to be safely spayed is usually around 5 months but vets differ in that so ask about that too while you are there.
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Originally Answered: How long should I wait to get another kitten if I just had a kitten that contracted FIP?
Heartfelt condolences for your kitty. :-(
(Don't know what's up with the goofus who told you to quit breeding, as I don't see anywhere in your post that you're doing that....you just want another kitten, right?)
The reason you're getting so many different answers is that, to be honest, no one really knows the answer to that question.
FIP is one of the oldest viruses of cats, with (ironically) the least amount known about it, including transmission. We still don't even have a good test for it to confirm that's what it is.
When I was in veterinary college, I adopted a stray 7-8 week old kitten with the intention of giving it to a relative who had recently lost her lifelong cat-companion, since this kitten had similar traits. I was keeping her for a couple of months until I could get her there. Right as that was happening, I had a 6-year old cat who became ill with vague, seemingly unrelated problems (started just before I took the kitten in.) The symptoms rapidly progressed over several weeks. Even though I had experts at one of the top veterinary colleges at my disposal, no one could make a definitive diagnosis. Some of the things made them suspicious of FIP, but it wasn't clear-cut. We ruled out just about every other known cat disease, however, and my cat continued to get worse until the point that death was coming no matter what we did....so I had to make the same hard (but best) choice you just did. Necropsy (still the only DEFINITIVE test, unfortunately) confirmed FIP, without a doubt. (She had the 'dry' /chronic form of FIP rather than the 'wet'/acute form.)
So here I had a young kitten with an immature immune system who had been exposed to a verified case of FIP over several weeks.....the worst imaginable scenario. I couldn't very well give this kitten to a close relative now, knowing that it might soon come down with and die of a fatal illness. So, I kept the kitten myself. I didn't bother disinfecting everything, since they were both strictily indoor kitties and the kitten had already been directly exposed to the same carpet, furniture, and the cat itself. She finished veterinary college with me (another year and a half in that same house), and lived until she was 17 years old. Never once had a symptom remotely suggestive of FIP.
Not much has been figured out about transmission of the virus since then, either. You'll find the most recent (and trustworthy, unlike a lot of answers here are going to be) information possible at the Cornell Veterinary College website. I'd suggest you go there (Cornell.edu, I think) and search their site for FIP info.
And before anyone suggests vaccinating a new kitten or cat against FIP (there HAS been a vaccination available for several years).......DON'T DO IT. It is not effective, and has been shown to even make the cat worse if it does get exposed to the virus after vaccination. Until Cornell tells me that it's good to give, I won't.
1. No....FIP is NOT genetic. It is a specific strain of a feline coronavirus. They do NOT have to be born with it. A female cat who has it will almost always spontaneously abort (have a miscarriage of) her kittens, IF she can even become pregnant in the first place.
2. No....they do NOT have to first have feline AIDS in order to get FIP.
3. I sure wish people would quit quoting Wikipedia as a 'source'....anyone who wants to can add anything they want to any entry there. It is not written by experts. It is really not much more than hearsay.
Spaying can be done anytime after 8 weeks as long as they are heavier than 2lbs. She is ready anytime now!!
Now, your litterbox problem. You need not only a 2nd box, but BIGGER boxes. There is NO way that 2 cats should be filling up a litter box in a few hours. I can leave my cats for the weekend (I also have 2) and come back and the litter box is still perfectly fine. What size box do you have? If they really are pooping/peeing this much, they might have something wrong with their digestion.
Edit: Ah ok that's clearer. Yeah I don't think they like sharing at all. Try another litter box (I will bet this fixes it), and also consider the type of litter you are using. Since they are using it to pee, its probably alright. But still something to keep in mind.
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12 weeks is the recommended age for flea products on kittens. Personally I think you would be safer using a product distributed through the vet or a natural flea product.
Vets will spay kittens at about 5-6 months. Sometimes earlier for shelters because they want the kittens to be adopted and the earlier they are spayed the earlier they can be adopted.
A second litter box should definitely cut down on the mess your getting. Cats like to eliminate in a clean environment. You should have at least one litter box for each cat.
Here is a good natural flea product you can try when your kitten is old enough. http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/O...
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Adding to the previous answer, getting two litter trays may help, but sometimes cats will think, and act, outside the box for no discernible reason. The fact that you are keeping the older cat in may be part of the problem.
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you can use flea meds now b/c she is 12wks or over. they have to be 12 wks before you can use flee meds.
and a second littler box is a good idea that might help, but they could be doing that b/c they dont like the litter. I would try a second one though
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a million) photographs at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks, and 14-sixteen weeks. Distemper all thrice (panleukopenia, chlamidia, calicivirus and rhinotracheitis), rabies the final time, and if she or the different cats circulate exterior, pussycat leukemia the 2nd and third time. carry stool samples and have her dewormed till the stool is detrimental for worms two times. If any animals interior the homestead circulate exterior, a topical flea preventative (frontline revolution or benefit) initiating at 10 weeks. 2) ordinary brushing, particularly while executed exterior, with something like a curry comb or laying off blade designed to do away with the undercoat. 3) you are able to trim them surprisingly particularly, and you will possibly be able to apply human nail trimmers. gently squeeze the toe to divulge the nail, and nip off the pointy end, being cautious to dodge the pink "rapid" interior the nail. in case you initiate trimming while she's snoozing, you will possibly desire to have the means to do a million or 2 ft till now she's wakeful sufficient to understand what you're doing. Get her a scratching placed up, and each and every time she tries to scratch everywhere else, %. her up, take her to the placed up, and rub her front ft on it jointly as praising her. She'll get the assumption. it is likewise a sturdy concept to have a pussycat leukemia/FIV attempt executed precise away, till now you do the rest, as those 2 ailments are continuously deadly, and a probably healthful kitten might desire to be wearing them with out any outward indicators. The vet might desire to additionally verify her for fleas and ear mites on the 1st circulate to.
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Both cats are old enough to get Flea treatments, but get Frontline from your vet instead of an over the counter one. As for getting them neutered, in a female its usually over 6 months before a VEt will spay her, but check with your vet as some vary.
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What are you feeding them? Many times a low quality food will produce more waste in the litter box. If this is the case, I'd switch to a higher quality food (it also helps with smell).
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Originally Answered: Need help with a kitten.?
The separation anxiety a kitten experiences when removed from its mother and litter mates can take many forms. From all you have shared I would say you are very close to the cause for the kitten's obsession with your girlfriend's hair, especially is she is the one who pays it the most attention and also provides the food and water. The kitten very likely sees your girlfriend as a surrogate mother of sorts. My daughter was working at a department store and one of the other employees told her that someone had left a kitten in the pet food section of the store. When she investigated she found a very small black and white kitten screaming its head off. She brought it home and it behaved in an extremely similar manner as your kitten. We diagnosed that this particular kitten was about six weeks old. It would nurse on my daughter's hair as well as towels that had just been taken from the dryer. Her cat never did grow out of the habit. It is probably five or six years old now and still enjoys nursing on warm towels. I don't know if yours will grow out of the propensity to want to play with your girlfriend's hair, but I believe it was removed from the mother too early. It will be fine, you will just have to attempt to find something it will accept instead of her hair. Try the warm towel thing or a towel wrapped around a heating pad turned on low. Good luck with the kitten.