Procrastinated with the spay, and my cat got pregnant. I won't let it happen again ;) Anyway, she had one lonely (adorable!) kitten. He'll be 4 weeks old tomorrow. We decided to keep him. I've had cats my whole life, but I'm now finding myself with a new experience! I've never had a kitten younger than 6 weeks before. They require virtually no (human) care at first. Provide a safe comfortable nest, mama cat does everything! But now I'm at that stage where I have to intervene a smidge! I just bought some kitten-safe litter and a tiny "litter pan" so he can learn that. The litter tray is actually a disposable aluminum baking tray because even our tiny "kitten sized litter box" towers over the little guy! So, I put that in with him.. but is mom supposed to teach him? Because it might be a little small for her :/ Is this as simple as provide a litter pan he can easily get in and out of with some litter that won't harm him if he eats it, stand back, and he'll soon be litter trained? Magic? Heh.
Other question is starting solids. When I was googling, I found out I'm late and probably should have put some out for him a week ago. But what I'm wondering is, all the kitten care info seems to assume that around 6-8 weeks kittens will be fully weaned and placed for adoption. Is this still a normal age for a kitten who will not ever be expected to separate from mom? I'm thinking of putting a portion of raw food out for Luna in the bedroom the kitten lives in (she usually eats in the kitchen) twice a day so he can have a chance to taste it if he's interested.
And socialization. What can I expect there? Interestingly, if I hold him in the bedroom, he's pretty calm for the most part. Taken out of the room and he cries a lot. I'm waiting for a sweet snugglebug kitten to blossom out of him, who will snuggle and purr on my lap and rub his head against me affectionately. Its discouraging to try and love on him and have him just cry cry cry :( Any particular strategies to help him be more sociable? He's only barely starting to even think about play, and is rather clumsy still! I caught him batting around a little toy ball just a *tiny* bit. I've never seen him run. Laser pointer he'll only follow with his eyes. If I take him out to the living room to try and let him explore a bit, he just stays in one spot, and eventually cries, Luna comes running and he clings to her.