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Old July 18th, 2016, 03:36 PM
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Red face Crazy dog lady needs help with kitten...yep, go figure....

I heard an odd noise last night and thought it was baby birds, but lo and behold, a kitten (maybe 5 to 6 mos old) squeezed under both gates, crying the whole time, and ran up to me, begging to be picked up. Sweet little thing--one blue eye, one gold; white with a few orange spots; very social--loves people and doesn't even mind the dogs (who, in fact, are a little taken aback by kitty's presence).

I called the local no-kill shelter, but they don't have an open spot and we might have to keep kitty for a couple of weeks. We're doomed--by then we'll be way too attached to give him up.

To make matters worse, we've already named him J.D.--he's such a singer that we named him after John Denver.

At any rate, we've never had a cat before, and we do have 5 English setters, so this is going to be a complicated introduction period. He's going to the vet today for his initial checkup and needles (if they can do them--he has a bit of a URI), and on the way, hubby will pick up cat food (dry and wet, since he seems to have been raised on kibble), litter, litter scoop and a scratching post.

Any suggestions as to brand names for food, types of litter, toys, etc?

Anything else we might need? Any tips on raising/feeding a kitten? Especially--any tips on introducing a cat into a 5-dog household?
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Old July 18th, 2016, 03:59 PM
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I would love to see a pic of your new kitty !
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Old July 18th, 2016, 06:07 PM
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Old July 18th, 2016, 07:20 PM
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As expected, he has a UTI and ear mites. He'll be on antibiotics for 2 wks, with a change in meds if he's not better after a week. Blood work will be back in a few days.

JD was a very good boy. He hopped from the exam table to the counter and into the sink to leave the vet a stool sample. Those results will be back soon, too.

He and hubby are on their way home from the vet now.
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Old July 18th, 2016, 07:57 PM
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What a pretty kitty ! And a lucky kitty too that you found him .
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Old July 18th, 2016, 11:50 PM
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I love the two different colored eyes. Some of my cats hate canned food, and some won't eat dry, so I guess you'll just have to experiment. Just be careful, if he starts excessive scratching and licking, make sure you don't wait to switch foods, he might be allergic. Get clumping litter, its easier to clean the litter box if you do. Has any of your dogs ever come in contact with a cat? If so, I would start with him, or choose one that you think will get along the best, and just start with a one dog introduction. If you do five at once, you might never get JD off the counter top, or top of the curtains.

JD definitely knew which house to pick, he's a lucky boy.
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