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Hey Everyone,
I'm new here.......and I was just looking for some advice.

I just adopted a new kitten....he is a Siamese (looks like he might be a seal point but it's too early to tell). He is 8 weeks old now, but when I pick him up he will be 10 weeks old.

My mom has 3 cats that I have grown up with, but when we adopted them they were all cats...not kittens. She has one Siamese who was a year when we got him, a tortie coloured female who was 8 when we adopted her, and a long haired tabby that was a year. I have never had a 10 week old kitten! I'm not sure how he will act or really what to do with him when I get him!

I am not going to declaw him I have decided...so I am out hunting around for cool scratching posts :D

I am in Canada so if any Canadians out there might know the price of a first set of shots that would be really helpful. As well as how much it might cost to have him neutered.

Are little kittens like this hard to litterbox train at all? I am going to start off with a low litterbox, so he can get in and out easily.

Anyway, any suggestions would be GREAT! He is SOOOO cute!!!!!!!
 

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Maleke, The kitten should be fairly reliable in using the litter box by the time you get him. It would be better if the breeder didn't let him go until 12 weeks. Most breeders agree on that age. Kittens still have much to learn from Mother and litter mates at ten weeks-even if they've been weaned.

Show him where the litter box will be kept, put him in and pick up his paw, and use it to scratch in the litter. He should take it from there. He's a bit young, however, and might have an accident on occasion. The first few days he might be a bit upset. He might not want to eat the first day or two.

The CFA recommends that kittens stay with the mother and littermates until 12-14 weeks. I wish you the very best with your kitten. I have Siamese, also, and absolutely love them! They're very intelligent and so loving! ::))
 

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Your introduction process to the adult cats in your family should also be made slowly and monitored carefully so they do not get too jealous of the new baby!
Good luck with you new addition! New kitten faces to kiss are sooooooooooo great!!
 

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Maleke I get my new and first 12-14 week old kitty this coming Monday and are probably just as worried and curious about things to expect as you! At least you have some experience with your moms cats. The only exposure I've had was watching a friends 6 month old at my place recently which started all this :oops: which is a good thing.

Anyway what I did with the friends 6 month old, although he was already litterbox trained, my place was new to him and have read about cats having problem getting used to new places - so what I did that most recommend is limiting them to one room only for a while - while meaning maybe days or at least a week. Bathrooms or place without carpet seems to be best at first and will ease cleanup of any accidents. Food water, some toys, towel to cuddle on, scratching post. Once the cat used the box successfully for #1 & 2 a couple times then I let him out into my bedroom from the master bath. He stayed under the bed sometimes until he got used to things. When I knew he was comfortable and still using the box and not tearing everything up :shock: then I left the bedroom door open and let him walk out - get the idea room by room not all at a time.

Bunch of good articles to read on the web like:

http://www.kittenrescue.org/welcomehome.htm

http://www.petplace.com/articles/artShow.asp?artID=5047

http://www.petplace.com/articles/artShow.asp?artID=2972

Good luck and enjoy!
 
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