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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, this is my first post.

We just adopted a 12 week old (common cat) male last week. He is a little rowdy to say, he likes to jump up on my shelves and has a tendancy to knock things over as he passes. A friend suggested that we put him on a leash for a few days to calm him down so he can not jump and break things. He has only been here for 6 days now and the last 2 on a leash, am I doing the right thing with this?

My other problem is he is sleeping in his litter box and not in the basket bed he has. I take him out of the litter box and put him in the basket bed but he returns to the litter box. Need help on this one too.

Also noticed in the last 2 days on being on a leash he is more friendly towards me and lets me pet him and scratch his neck.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 02:03 AM
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Do you mean he is on a leash at all times? IMO, if he is, he will just be more rowdy when he is off the leash. Kittens need to run, jump and play. I would kitten proof your home (get rid of anything he may hurt himself on and secure all breakables) and make sure he has plenty of toys and gets a lot of interaction. Also, if you don't want him on certain surfaces, get a spray bottle and spray him when he is on there. But I do not think leashing him is a good idea

I don't know much about sleeping in litter, so hopefully someone else can chime in there.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 02:21 AM
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I would put a box on its side with a nice soft blanket in it near the litter box, maybe up against a wall or something so it seems like a safe place to be.

Cleo slept in her litter box for a couple days, too.

My twins were 10 weeks old when they adopted me, and I had to put things away I never had to worry about with Cleo and Cinderella. Once a month, I peek in my closet and say hello to all my breakable items in boxes.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 06:35 AM
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I agree with kitten-proofing your home, as others have suggested. Also, if you can, consider buying him a cat tree, with multiple levels and scratching posts. If he has a cat tree to climb, your shelves might no longer look as inviting.
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Welcome to the forum. Are you keeping him on a leash 24-7? I think like the others said you need to kitten proof your home - it will be much less stress for you AND your cat!
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I think he'll quit sleeping in the litter box after a while. I think that's a habit from living at the shelter in a cage. Welcome.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, kitten OFF leash, breakables will be packed or moved to a safer place.
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