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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-04-2009, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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New kitten and old cat - Help!!

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My husband and I got a second black male Persian kitten two weeks ago. Our first is a grey Persian female, Penny, who is a year old now. Our second kitten was very young when we got him. The vet put him at between a month and a month and a half. The guy who sold him to us said he was 6 weeks old. I just felt really sorry for the poor mite and the conditions he was kept under which is why I got him even though he looked really young. He was underfed and I could feel his bones sticking into my hands when I picked him up. Its been two weeks now and Zeus, even though he is very young, never really gave us any trouble except in one area. When he uses his litter box he doesnt cover up. We have kept him isolated with his own litter box and food for almost two weeks When we took him for his check up the vet said he had a cold and gave him a shot for it, He also had worms and given a tablet for it. Fast forward two weeks he seems a a happy kitten who is very active and zips around the house when he is let out of his room. He loves to cuddle and cries for attention if he are not paying attention to him. My problem with him is his litter issue. How do I get him to cover up after he uses the litter box?? Is there anyway to prevent him from using pennys litter box as he does this every chance he gets?

Initially Penny was not too fond of him and hissed at him whenever she saw him (since we kept him isolated). But after he got dewormed I started to let him out a little to socialise with her. After a couple of days of hissing and chasing each other they became friends (i think). She grooms him by licking his face and pays particular attention to his rear end. Is this normal? IS she doing it because he is a male kitten or is there some other reason for it?

Diana (Cant sleep at night)


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Re: New kitten and old cat - Help!!

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My problem with him is his litter issue. How do I get him to cover up after he uses the litter box?? Is there anyway to prevent him from using pennys litter box as he does this every chance he gets?
Litterbox etiquette is not something a cat can be taught by humans. He was removed from his mother at a very, very young age (they really should stay with mama till 12 weeks), before he was able to learn proper behavior. Hopefully Penny will step in and show him. But don't be surprised if this doesn't change, some cats just don't cover it. I had a cat who would scratch the box cover for 10 minutes, but never cover the poop. Also, unless cats choose to have separate boxes, there's no way to teach them that 'this is your box and this is her box'. Typically they share. Although it's not unusual for them to decide to pee in one box and poop in the other.

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Is this normal? IS she doing it because he is a male kitten or is there some other reason for it?
She's mothering him. At his age, he's not very good at cleaning himself, I find they don't do a good job until they're about 4 months old. So she's helping him out. Adult cats will also groom each other too. Kobi is always helping out Holly. It's a sign that they're really bonded. It's great that she has accepted him this well.


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Re: New kitten and old cat - Help!!

Hi doodle bug,

I live in kuwait.. they sell animals here indiscriminately.. when i found this little guy he was already separated from his mom and he was in a very bad condition.. they were underfeeding him and he hadnt been wormed so he had a belly that looked abnormally large.. penny was my first cat and I got her when she was about 4 months old.. ive had her for abt 8 months now.. so im not really very experienced with cats.. the vets in kuwait are not very informative.. typically they just give the cats medicine and send them home.. animal care is very underdeveloped in this country.. so im always worried if they are getting the care they should be..

Thank for your reply and help..

Diana
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