Q&A: Is it troublesome to take care of a kitten?

Question by hideaki413: Is it troublesome to take care of a kitten?
I am thinking of adopting a kitten. I have no prior experience of little animals and I heard cats are easy to take care of.
What might be the negative things about having a cat in the house and what I should watch out for.

Thank you!

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Answer by Arturo O
Oh kittens make a huge mess when left alone.

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19 Responses to “Q&A: Is it troublesome to take care of a kitten?”

  1. blenlo says:

    SHOW IT LOVE AND NEVER GET MAD AT IT. KITTENS
    LOVE TO PLAY AND SLEEP,THAT IS ALL THEY DO,
    BUT THE NEED YOU TO LOOK AFTER THEM AND MAKE
    SURE THEY HAVE A SAFE PLACE.

  2. Gigi says:

    I don’t know if ‘troublesome’ is the right word. Challenging, maybe. One of my cats was only one month old when I got her. She was abandoned along with two of her siblings in my neighborhood. When you get a kitten that young, they are not yet toilet trained and cannot yet jump high or clean themselves, and they also often have a habit of biting its owner’s toes. For a couple of months, it was a lot of work. But I taught her how to use a litter box and the toe-biting stopped after about 3 months. She is the most loving baby now, and over a year old. Just be aware that kittens are very playful and active. Protect your furniture by getting a good scratching post and clipping their nails often.

  3. michimama says:

    yes. they get palces that could hurt them. you need to spend lots of time watching them and make sure you keep them in a safe place when you’re gone. teach them no, play with them a lot cuz they get lonley real fast. they’re so cute, but a lot of work. very worth it though. make sure you have lot of time to spend with them.

  4. amandakatelyn2002 says:

    Cats are just as hard as dogs

  5. ruthiegirl says:

    Kittens want you to love on them and want to cuddle with you. If you do not have the time and budget to feed and litterbox train them and love them, do not get them. They don’t require toys, but they will scratch up furniture if you don’t get them declawed. They will get into yarn and play with it, get socks and play with those…they can be extremely hard to watch out for.

  6. wv says:

    it really isn’t hard, but remember, it is a living, breathing thing, so you do need to pay attention to it. You need to keep the cats litter box clean. If you don’t, the cat will pee on the floor. Once that starts, you can’t get the smell out, but the cat wont quit either. You need to make sure you get you male kitten neutered as early as you can and before they first spray. If you do, that will make sure they wont spray anything in your house. It is best to keep an indoor cat period. Cats don’t need to be let out. They get sick, become food for other bigger and wild animals, get killed by cars, and kill animals them-self. Only get a cat if you are serious about taking care of it. They really can’t defend for them-self for everything.

  7. marian o says:

    if the kitten is just born didnt let the kitten do go out because it will get sick and die that that hyappen 2 my cat.

  8. evitabug says:

    I have two number one things that I believe is the most important when getting a new kitten. One is to not leave them to run free of the house at first. They will naturally use a litter box but they need to get used to your house and you before you let them run around. You need to start off with a smaller area for them so they can learn where the box is. We had several kittens once when our cat had babies. When they were little they pee-ed on my computer cords not once but three times. You want the kitten to start out with good potty habits from day one.

    Also when you are not around I suggest a crate at first. With a small litter box in it.

    Also one tip. If you want a sweet gentle kitten play gently with it. Don’t ruff house too much.

    Oh, not to forget….Don’t neglect your kitten shots. A healthy kitten is a happy kitten. I would suggest having the kitten fixed as soon as the vet gives the OK.

  9. Cat Lover says:

    Cats are fairly easy. They are pretty much born litter box trained…it is natural for them. All you have to do is provide them with one and make sure you show them where it is. Kittens can free eat (have food out all the time). They can eat as much as they want when they are little and will not over eat. The only thing you have to watch is clawing of furniture. Scratching is a normal thing for cats to do. They shed the sheath around their nails every few weeks which is why they scratch. You will need to provide them with an alternative to your furniture (ie scratching post). I personally do not believe in declawing and you definately won’t want to do this if they are going to be outside at all. I have two cats and my furniture is in perfect order and they are not declawed. I use a product called “Soft Paws” for their claws. They are little rubber caps you glue on their claws. They stay on well and you can even get them in colors. You just replace them as they loose them. I usually don’t see them start loosing them for about 4-5 weeks. So not hard to maintain. Cats are fun to have with lots of entertainment with little maintenance. Good Luck!

  10. Falling Empire says:

    Nope. Try to get one that is quiet and affectionate if you want one that isn’t troublesome, but if you want one that is fun and entertaining, you may have to clean the occasional mess. Or dry the occasion fall into the toilet.
    All a kitten demands is food, love, and a litterbox. I suggest just getting the following:

    Food/water dish
    food

    Litterbox
    litter

    Fake mouse toys (cheap, and many (they get lost, keep some handy))

    A “kitty condo”

    You may want to get a cat bed, depending on whether or not you want the cat to sleep with you. Generally, however, these things will satisfy a cat. If you aren’t going to be home much, you may want to consider getting a pal for the kitten. The kitty condo isn’t necessary but it is amusing to watch a cat pop in and out.

  11. amanda402 says:

    Kittens for up to a week after taking them away from the litter will meow A LOT. If you get a kitten that is not already litter trained, make sure you have 2 days off from work to take care of that problem. Make sure food is always available and change it’s water ATLEAST once a day. Lots of attention and love will make them more sociable and allow them to forget their litter mates faster.

  12. Kagome says:

    Troublesome isn’t the word for it. Its a challenge. Cats are fairly easy to take care of, but cats are like toddlers, no matter how old they are. Cats love to put things in their mouths (even if it isn’t edible). They love to get in things that they know they shouldn’t get into.

    Cats love to keep mainly to themselves. They will come and show you affection when they want it. They decide when they want held, when they want petting.

    When you do get a kitten, remember to keep the area they will be living in clean, make sure they have plenty of toys to keep themselves occupied, keep the liter box clean (cats are easy to literbox train). Keep food and water out for them all the time, show them affection when they want it, and make sure to get the kitten fixed. If you get a male and don’t fix it, they will spray when they reach maturity and it reeks. If you get a female and don’t fix her, you’ll have to deal with constant crying for a mate.

    The only negative I can really think of is that the cat will constantly use its claws. You can buy a cat scratcher from wal-mart for really cheap and train them to use that (DO NOT DECLAW YOUR CAT!) If you think about declawing your cat, consider using claw covers instead. There is no pain for the cat if you use the claw covers and it keeps them from clawing your furniture.

    And remember, you don’t own the cat, they own you.

  13. DEEJAY says:

    I just got one we named her DeeOhGee & no she doesn’t think she’s a DOG. Its really easy, there very smart, where ever you decide to put the litter box just show the kitten where it is. Buy kitten chow and lots of toys. Have fun, good luck!

  14. hopeful for change says:

    they are very energetic. They can climb very high on your furniture. They will make a mess of their food if the bowl isn’t heavy enough. They will claw things you might not want attacked (esp when they’re climbing). They can get stuck places- I got a kitten last year and she fit in a little hole under my kitchen cabinets and loved exploring a little crawlspace in the corner between the cabinets, while she was still very small.

    But they are the most adorable little things. They sometimes sleep on your bed while you’re asleep. It is so cute to see them attack a ball or a catnip mouse.

    They’re not that much work, really, but you have to be there in order to train them. Well, in a sense… cats really can’t be trained…

    And there is nothing better than a cat’s purr. That’s your reward.

  15. penguino8165 says:

    Make sure the kitten you adopt is litter trained. It will make it a little easier for him/her to adjust to their new environment. You will also need to make sure that the litter box is easy for the kitten to get in and out of. They don’t jump as high, or as well as an adult cat. You may have to use a cardboard box with a very low lip, until he/she gets a little bigger.

    Keep cabinet doors shut, and buy the child safety locks for them. Kittens are very curious and like to get into EVERYTHING. (My adult cat still likes to climb into cabinets if the doors are left open.)

    For the first year of life, he/she will need kitten food. Whole milk isn’t recommended for them, as it can cause digestive tract problems. Your vet will more than likely recommend the food he/she feels is best for your little bundle of fur.

    Kittens love to play with things. Anything dangling is a potential toy. (And I do mean ANYTHING) Just don’t play too rough, or you’ll have a rather mean cat when it reaches adulthood.

    Cats are rather independent. They require food, water, a clean litter box and a place to sleep. Provide that, and you’ll have a happy cat under your roof.

  16. diva2 says:

    I can’t of a single negative thing. Clean their litterbox at least once a day, brush them once a day to keep down shedding, and let them sleep with you. It will be the best companion you’ve ever had. Don’t forget to have a chip put in them in case, God forbid, it gets out. If you take it out for a walk, use a harness instead of a collar. It’s easier on them.

  17. Madie says:

    Cats are very independent , so they don’t need as much attention as a dog. Kittens/Cats are very curious and may get into things. I use pet repellent spray to spray on things I don’t want my cat to get into – example phone wires. Some people de-claw there cats to stop them from scratching on the sofa. I strongly recommend spaying/neutering your cat. This keeps them from coming into heat ( leaving blood stain in your house and a moody cat isn’t fun :( ) Neutering helps male cats from urinating around your house. When I first got my cat I took him straight to the vet to get her shots done. Potty-training a kitten is easy for the most part. Cats can live up up into there mid twenty’s and beyond with good care. My aunt has a cat that is twenty-five and is perfectly fine. The “curious-kitten” stage with pass quickly and then a mature, mostly calm :) cat with grow. Cats normally sleep 2/3rd of the day, and the rest of the day they like to play. Every month I buy Purina Cat Chow, treats and litter. which you will have to buy. Food cost around $ 7, treats- $ 3, and good, scoopable litter- $ 10. I hope you adopt a kitten from the humane society- there are tons there!Cats are a very fun pet and I hope you enjoy a new kitten into your home.

  18. Martha Y says:

    Cats take care of themselves they are happy with a litter box fresh water and loving

  19. 'Sunnyside Up' says:

    From experience, kittens are different personalities just like people are. Some are very energetic and some are mildly energetic. You would do well to get two of them though because they need a pal they can play kitty things with. It helps them adjust into adulthood and keeps their stress levels down which makes them much healthier. Also, set up a specific room in your home that is ‘their bedroom’. Whenever you are gone, they live in their bedroom. Make that bedroom their room. Kitty proof it just like you would do a toddler’s room. Then get a CONDO (climbing cat tree) that has a couple of good round beds in it so that they can sleep together while they are young to help keep them warm. Some of them even have covered boxes like houses as a part of them. Make sure the CONDO has a scratching post long enough for an adult cat to stand on its hind legs and scratch becasue your kitties will grow up soon. They actually prefer the ones that have the sailors ropes around them or just the plain wood posts but the rug ones are ok. Kittens body temperatures are higher than humans so they will feel colder in our homes than we would. That is why you see them always laying on heaters or in the sun. Keep their room warmer than the rest of the house by limiting the air conditioning in the vent in the summer and by opening the heater all the way in the winter. Also, some of the cat beds on the market have good sides and warm material that are great for kitties to snuggle in. If a kitten gets too cold, they will develop a cold just like we do. Moist food is much better than dry kibbles for any cat since they are Obligate Carnavoirs (all meat eaters) so I suggest a very good natural cat food like Innova Evo, Natural Balance, Californal Natural, etc. that is almost all meat and no grains or fillers. Your kitten’s health will be excellent then. They will need a brushing at least 2 times a week but kittens do not need soap and water baths. You can use a damp cloth on them to freshen their fur and help keep the hair from flying during grooming times. The best grooming tool on the market is called the FURminator. Go to the website below to see one in action. You won’t need another tool for grooming. Also get some hairball medicine at your pet store for them to have and follow the directions on the package. They have to be a certain age to start that but it helps them to pass hair balls from their system. They will need baby shots and a good health check up when you get them to make sure that they are in good health and stay that way. The vet will let you know how often to bring them in. There is now pet insurances on the market. Check them out and join one. Some of them do the regular checkup too so get a good one. Then any visits or medications and sometimes even shots you get can be reimbursed by the pet insurance. Also if your kits get sick bad which hopefully they will not, the insurance comes in handy. Back to your kitty room: Please be cautious with buying kitty toys. Believe it or not, most of them are not kitty safe. If you buy any that look like the bells could be chewed off, or the cloth could be eaten through, then only let them have those when you are home and can keep an eye on them. Never allow them in their room unattended with unsafe toys. Kitty’s choke just like toddlers do. Kitties need interactive time with you too. Play with toys on sticks with them that they can chase but keep them up when you are not using them. Get one of those laser beam lights also found in pet stores to let them chase the red light. Be very careful it never shines in their eyes or they will go blind but they love to chase those. Start feeding them in their room so that when you are gone, they also have their food with them. Kittens get free food all day which means that they can have it down as often as they need it. Usually freshing it 4 times a day is sufficient for them and all they want for at least an hour at each feeding. If they want more then can have it. At about 6 months old, you can start feeding them on a time table of 3 times a day and get it to 2 times a day by the time they are a year old. By then, they are giving the adult amount that is recommend on the can to keep them from getting over weight. DO NOT use plastic bowls for water or food. They slime down and cause a mouth sores disease in cats. Also, you can put the food and water bowls on a serving tray like you see at fast food restaurants and it will help keep things neat for eating and the rug or floor from being messed up. Below is also the ASPCA Poison Control website. Please read that for a list of home items and foods that are poisonous to your cats and then check your food sources for those items too and kitty proof your home. There are lots of sites on the web on kitty care and also Yahoo has some very good groups to join of other cat lovers. They can be really fun and knowledgable too. The best liter for kitties is clumping. It keeps the box more sanitary. DO NOT use the boxes that have the lids on them because they are only ‘show’ pieces for people. Cats have two sets of nostrils and when the box lid is kept on the liter pan, it actually holds the smell in so bad that it is very very bad for kitties noses. The best liter box I’ve found is at Mennard’s. It is in their hardware section and it is a 30 x 24 inch black mixing pan that is about 8 inches deep. It will hold one full container of the large ones you see in Walmart by Tidy Cat for Multiple Cat Liter. Be sure to clean it twice a day to help keep the urine and poopy clumps at a minimum. That is healthier for kitties. Good luck on being a kitty parent. It can be tedious at times when you have to spend time grooming and cleaning their area, but the joy of watching them grow up and the fun they are when they are adults will make up for it 1000 times over. Take lots of pictures and create a nice album. If you need names for kitties, just type in Cat Names in the search engine. You’ll fine lots of them.


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