Any cat people?

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Update:
I bought some sand to put in the litter box because we live near the beach and thus have a "sand yard" she is accustomed to going in. I might even put some leaves on top to make it feel more like "home". :p Honestly, her using the bathroom inside the house is causing me a lot of anxiety. I don't think I can deal with that, and would have to relocate momma + kittens to our back porch.

She hasn't used the litter box yet. BUT she did go out into the yard for a little while today so I'm hope she did her business out there. It was really cool because we let her outside and got to hold her kittens a little. She came back in and was like, "What are you doing??" But actually seemed OK as we held her kittens while petting her at the same time. She seems a lot calmer now. More like a house cat, less like the feral cat we had become accustomed to.

I will try to get closeup pics of the kittens tomorrow when we hold them again!! :D
 

Tamberav

Well-known member
Adorable babies!

Maybe try taking the lid off the litterbox? Some cats do not like covered boxes as they feel trapped.

She may have done her biz outside. We had a cat who would only go outside and never used the litterbox inside unless he accidentally got locked inside the house.

He was a really cool cat. He would only eat his dry food if he didn't catch enough hunting. He was raised from a kitten so not feral but wanted to live his life naturally I guess.

He lived to his mid 20's. Maybe from all that wild caught live food that has tons of bacteria and parasites and such in it that Paul talks about.
 
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Humblefish

Dr. Fish
So, 1 week update and we might have messed up. :( My wife saw some fleas on one of the kittens (mama still goes potty outside), and after doing some online research it seemed using food grade diatomaceous earth was the safest treatment. So, we sprinkled some in their bedding and my wife rubbed some on the kittens + mama. I vacuumed the carpet their bed is on and then sprinkled diatomaceous earth on that as well.

Well, momma has been acting very unsettled ever since and we are worried the kittens may no longer be nursing on her. They still look/feel fat, but I'm wondering if maybe the DE messed up mama's smell and vice versa. Or the nipples taste bad because they're coated with DE now. She's been spending a lot more time away from her kittens today and just seems restless. So we did everything we could to get rid of the DE: Changed out the bedding again, vacuumed the carpet, and my wife has been trying to brush the DE out of their fur. (Kinda scared to give them all a bath being so young.)

We got a bottle + formula in case we have to take over feeding. Hopefully everything settles back down. I'll post pics tomorrow.
 

scubabeth

Well-known member
Yeah, that's tricky with fleas. We took a gamble and used Bayer Advantage Multi on mama cat when we were fostering. You can safely use mild dish soap to bathe the kittens if you see more fleas, and a flea comb is very helpful for both mom and babies. Washing the bedding daily in hot water will help, too, to keep flea populations down. Bottle feeding is not fun (I had to do that with 3 orphaned kittens once), but can certainly be done, if you need to. Fingers crossed babies definitely feed today and remain nice and chubby! :love:
 

Jessican

Well-known member
Yeah, that's tricky with fleas. We took a gamble and used Bayer Advantage Multi on mama cat when we were fostering. You can safely use mild dish soap to bathe the kittens if you see more fleas, and a flea comb is very helpful for both mom and babies.
When we found ours at 4 weeks old, they were anemic and covered in fleas. A shelter advised us to give them a soapy bath and then I sat there with tweezers and picked the fleas off of their poor little faces. They also told us that it was okay to use a single drop of flea meds on the babies, but ours were a little older than yours, so I wouldn't do that just yet unless you confirm with a vet.

Kittens are the best, look at those little cuties :love:
 

judyjudyjudy

New member
How’s the flea treatment going? Glad you’re finding some info on getting rid of them. If you can reach out to a veterinarian, there may be something you could use on a nursing momma. I’m sure you’ve seen that fleas can kill a kitten. 😨 Bathing them might not be bad, but can get them too cold - I’m sure y’all are being extra vigilant! Here’s the worse part of this - you’re going to have to keep momma inside soon. She will be able to get pregnant again VERY soon. You should be able to find a low/no cost facility to have her spayed once the kittens are at least 8 weeks old.

Otherwise? YAY, BABY CATS! Crazy fun.
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
How’s the flea treatment going? Glad you’re finding some info on getting rid of them. If you can reach out to a veterinarian, there may be something you could use on a nursing momma. I’m sure you’ve seen that fleas can kill a kitten. 😨 Bathing them might not be bad, but can get them too cold - I’m sure y’all are being extra vigilant! Here’s the worse part of this - you’re going to have to keep momma inside soon. She will be able to get pregnant again VERY soon. You should be able to find a low/no cost facility to have her spayed once the kittens are at least 8 weeks old.

Otherwise? YAY, BABY CATS! Crazy fun.
We've just been changing their linens daily and vacuuming the carpet. The lady in the video said it would be safe to give the kittens a bath at 3 weeks. Giving the momma a bath would be no fun. :p

We've been trying to litter train her to no avail. :( When she goes outside I keep a close eye on her and charge the male cat if he shows any interest. My wife thinks I'm 🤪 but how else am I gonna keep him away from her?? ;)
 

judyjudyjudy

New member
For litter training - it can be tricky. Are they confined to a small’ish room? Like a bathroom or laundry? Follow her outside (as you do) and when you see her do her business, take a shovel full with her pee/poo and put in a clean (no bleach, no scented soap) OPEN large’ish litter pan. Hopefully she will start to use that, then you can begin to add kitten safe litter. I tend to use newspaper litter that is unscented. There’s one that’s kind of scoopable. The last momma cat I brought in wasnt crazy about a litter box and would pee on the floor beside it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ She had SEVEN kittens. A neighbor down the street refuses any help to get their cats spayed/neutered and barely feed them. So they end up at my house. Grrrrrrrr. Y’all are AMAZING for helping this sweet kitty out.
 
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