August 30th, 2004, 05:22 PM
So everything is going good with the kittens now, they're a week and 3 days old, I'm probably just be to antsy/cautious/concerned but I'm wondering when the kitties will start going to the bathroom and their mom won't clean it up any more and how and when do I introduce them to a kittie box?? Their mom goes outside and I don't know if she has ever been familier with a litter box, since she was a stray and we just took her in before she had the kitties. Any suggestions? My friend her at work seems to think that when the time comes, momma kittie will help show them to the kitty box but I'm not sure since she's not to familier with it either? :confused: as usual!!
August 31st, 2004, 10:15 AM
I introduced my guy to the "litter box" at 2wks. It wasn't an actual litter box, as they would have been too high for him to get in and out of. I used a cardboard tray, (what canned food comes in at the supermarket, I solicited lots of them from the local store). I used maybe a cup of litter.
He played in it at first, which is fine, by the third week he was using it. It just came naturally for him. He was abandoned at 2days, so didn't have his mother around to learn from. By 5weeks, he was a litter box specialist and used a real litter box with ease ;)
Good luck, just be patience and be prepared to clean their little feet etc, when they walk through the poop that they just did! :eek:
If mum dosen't clean them up anymore, I'd say it's time for a litter box.
August 31st, 2004, 11:17 AM
If the kittens are with mom, she will clean up after them UNTIL they start eating solid food.
You can start weaning them at 4 - 5 weeks, and introducing them to the litter box. Usually they will just copy mom and use it, so you should keep her in. She WILL use the box. Make sure the sides are low enough so the kittens can get in the box.
Do NOT use scoopable litter for the kittens - use plain clay.
I think I told you to keep mom in the house? (if it wasn't you, sorry)
She can get pregnant again by the time the kittens are 4 weeks old!!! You need to have her spayed as soon as the kittens are weaned and her milk dries up.
August 31st, 2004, 11:23 AM
Most cats just learn by themselfs. Momma cat will take the kittens to the litter box and let them use it. Sometimes the mother cat will lick the kitten's bum to stimulate it.
August 31st, 2004, 01:03 PM
Thanks guys!!! And yes...I know you told me to keep her inside, but it's hard, she's used to living out there, I told you she's a homeless and I'm trying to do my good dead by taking her in and feeding her and the babies until the babies are old enough to go to a good home, she stumbled apon me, I didn't selfishly snag her up and decided to not be a good kitty mommy, I'm just trying to help her the best I can. I want to get her fixed asap, I know it's not that much money, but I also want her to still beable to feed her babies properly. Not to mention, my boyfriend who's trying to be as helpful as possible isn't quite on the same page as all of you (and me) cat lovers, he okay with them being inside and me raising them till they're old enough to go to a home/ good shelter that will give them to good homes/ but doesn't want to have to be burdened with a litter box, even though I did break him down for the kittens. I'm in a tough spot, I just want to help them the best I can and I also am in love with Chicken and her babies!!! But...Like I said...I didn't adopt her and am now neglecting her, I hope...I just don't have all the money in the world to buy her the best things, AND if any of you know any kind of organization that would be willing to help me out and them in this situation to get them shots and all the other stuff they need at maybe a discount or something because I can't really afford all of that, but I do want to do right by them..... Any suggestions??? :confused: :o