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#1 of 28 Old 08-06-2008, 10:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This little guy (or girl?) came to our house today. We want to keep it, but I have no clue how to care for kittens... I gave it some milk and bought a can of cat food for it, and right now it is sleeping in the "bed" I made out of hay under our back steps. The neighbors have no idea where it came from. S/He is very friendly, even with the over-excited baby who keeps poking at it.

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Getting to know the kids (oldest DD is wearing shorts lol):
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5 weeks - give or take

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To me that kitty looks quite a bit older to me, more like 10-12 weeks. Though, it's been a while since I've had litters .

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I would say around 14 weeks. We have a 12 week old kitten and your kitten is a little bit bigger than ours.

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It looks to be several months old.

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At least 8 weeks or so.
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Yeah, it looks at least 3 months. Face is pretty mature.

Don't give it milk. Most cats are actually lactose intolerant and will get the runs from milk.

Honestly, kitten care (especially for older kittens) is pretty easy. You can start feeding on a schedule, make sure to have plenty of litter boxes around as just like babies, they can have a hard time getting to the box when the urge strikes.

Start handling feet and claws often so kitty gets used to having claws clipped. Groom often, play with toys like a feather toy, da bird, laser pointer, etc.

Get scratchers made of cardboard or sisal rope to start teaching them appropriate places to scratch.

Good luck! looks like a sweet kitten!

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My guess would be about 2 months old. He/She is very cute.
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12 weeks is my guess too.
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I'd say 12 weeks, too.

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I thought about 10 weeks, perhaps 12. And FWIW we have two kittens one slightly older and one slightly younger than that one right now. So I'm eyeing it to be between them.

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I say 12 weeks too. Can't be 5 weeks, the eyes are not at all cloudy or blue.
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CUTE!

Yep, that baby's a couple of months old, for sure.

In addition to the excellent advice you've received so far, when you're handling the kitten every day, make sure you play with her ears and open her mouth--both things that will make future vet visits MUCH more relaxed!

Have fun with her! :
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Thanks for the advice! He had to stay outside last night, but he was sitting at our back door when I got up today. He has fleas (not many, i noticed two on his belly), is there any way to get rid of them naturally? I'm going to buy a litter box so we can bring him in... how hard will it be to train him?

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about 12-14 weeks. What a cutie! I was involved in a feral cat trap/neuter/release program for years and when we snagged litters of kittens we'd let them be adopted after their neuter at around 12-13 weeks and he looks just a *BIT* older.
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Weigh the kitty. At this stage, they get an extra pound per month (i.e. 3 month kitty = 3 pounds, 4 month kitty = 4 pounds, etc). It's a rough estimate, but it's generally fairly accurate if the kitten's in decent condition.
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Yeah, we have a few kittens that are around 11 weeks old and that kitty looks to be a good few weeks older for sure.

What a cutie!
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He's probably old enough for a topical flea treatment (frontline or advantage) but check with your vet.

Litter training should be pretty easy. I plop them in the litter, then start to move their paws in a digging motion and usually they just freak out and start digging like mad on their own. Make sure you have plenty of boxes right now as kittens (like toddlers!) often have a hard time making it to the box when they realize they need to go.

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You might isolate her with her litter until you're sure she's got the hang of it.

In addition to Julia's excellent advice you should stick her in the box whenever she's looking like she needs a place to go, as well as after she eats.
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You can get rid of mild fleas by bathing the kitty. You can also purchase a flea comb and drop the fleas you get into rubbing alcohol. It kills them quick.
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What an adorable kitty!!
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What a cutie! If you're going to keep him or her, get him/her fixed early!! We found a kitty about the same size or smaller, and figured she was too young to spay yet. Well, 5 kittens later . .

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He looks close to my kittens. Heres pics to compare. They are about 15 weeks.
Litter training is pretty easy. Just like pp keep putting him in the litter box when he starts sniffing around or pawing at things. He's cute. Congrats! I love kitties. :
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...s/DSC01144.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...s/DSC00909.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...s/DSC00849.jpg
ETA: Don't give cats milk. They usually get bad diarhea. have you ever seen a cat go up to a cow to nurse? haha. (off topic: my kittens are curled up together everynight between dh and me ... we cosleep )

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Oh, he's so pretty!

Yeah, 14 weeks or so.

He seems like a sweetie and I hope he will be a good addition to your family!
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I vote 12 weeks. I'd take kitty to the vet to be checked for a microchip (you don't want to continue to let your kids get attached if someone else's kids are missing him), schedule a neuter, take care of fleas.

Cute kitty!
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Small Update:

He is definitely a boy (i'm about 98% sure). He has had a flea treatment, and after two nights is already "potty" trained. A neighbor said that she saw someone in a truck dropping the kittens off on the side of the road about two weeks ago (we live in a very rural area). I haven't seen the others, but if I do I'll be taking them to a no-kill shelter.

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What a sweetie!
I just had to post and say he looks a lot like my new kitty- she's about 15 weeks per the shelter I got her from.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...m/1e9785aa.jpg



Anyway, glad it's going well. It's so sad when people just dump kittens off rather than find them a good home!

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I see you've gotten lots of replies already, but I'll chime in and guess 12-13 weeks old.

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