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What happens if a kitten is separated too early from its mama?

Let’s face it, none of us could resist these sweet fuzzy little kittens, stumbling around with their sweet voices, furry little butts, those eyes when they open for the first time…
The curiosity, and even the hissing is just adorable. 
But what happens when we take away those little furry bubbles from their mother a little too early?

So often, Non-responsible breeders who are just looking to get the best, fastest benefits out of their animals, urge people and start selling baby kittens at about 40 days old. And even though, according to vets, a 40 days old kitten could survive on its own.  However, there’s a huge difference between merely “surviving”, and taking time to develop properly to get the most benefits, they are intended to get from their mama.

Regardless of some unfortunate situations when a New Mama cat abandons her newborns, or passes away leaving her kittens on their own, kittens should be left to their mother, until she naturally starts rejecting them.

Leave it to instinct… Mama Cat Knows Best Cat

Kittens can acquire a lot of negative behaviors because of this early separation, as well as health deficiencies. A mother cat wean her babies naturally when kittens are about 2-3 months old, by starting to reject her kittens.

 

So what happens when you separate the kittens too early?

 

I. Health Problems:

Nothing in the world replaces a mother’s milk… Not even baby kitten formulas.
A mother’s milk help baby kittens grow into strong, healthy cats, as much as a mother’s milk does to human babies.
So kittens separated early from their mama, may become weak, and easily prone to illness, as their body lacks natural antibiotics that they naturally get from their mother’s milk.

 

II. Behavioral problems:

1. Fearful play..anxiety and panic attacks!

kittens can learn to get their sense of security from their human companions. But before that, they get their safety and calmness from their mother. So, early separated cats are more likely to be more fearful, until properly socialized.

 

2. Biting and rough playWhat Happens if a kitten is separated to early from its mama?- Bitting - Petsoholic

If you find your kitten biting on your hand “playfully” a little too hard that it drowse blood, there’s a good chance that she was taken away a little early before learning those skills.

Kittens, and all baby animals actually, learn how to give us soft bites and pull their claws in from their mother and siblings through play time. Playtime teaches kittens how far to go, and where to back down while playing, so they learn to use their tools right.
However, behavioral issues could be treated with the right training and patience.

 

3. Litter box problems.

At that early age, kittens learn everything by copying their mother. a well litter-trained mama cat, is more likely to give us well litter-trained kittens. So its easier to train them when they come home.
That being said, if your cat or kitten is not using the litter-box properly, that does not mean she must have been separated early.

I have another article explaining everything Litter-box related in details, so here’s the link, if you want to Learn how to properly Litter-box train or Re-train your Cat/kitten

 

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How to litter box train your cat or kitten?

Cats litter training is a profound topic, so I will try to go through every aspect to help you guys as much as possible.

Earlier in another post; 10 Things you need, before bringing your new cat home, I talked about the 10 basic supplies you will need before your new friend comes home, where i discussed everything you need to know about litter boxes and cats preferences, and some mistakes most people do that may cause cats to stop using the litter box.
If you haven’t already read this article, I suggest you go check it before going any further.


First things first:

If you’re re-training a cat that has already been litter-box trained, yet all of a sudden she just stopped using the litter box. The Vet iconfirst thing you should do is; take her to the vet. Because many times, cats stop using the litter box because they’re hormonal, or because something hurts, but she doesn’t know how to show it.

So now you went to the vet and everything is fine, but the cat’s still not using the litter box. OR maybe you just got a new one, and you wanna train him to use the litter box properly.

 

Understanding your cat:

In order to shape a cat’s behavior, we need to dig a little bit deeper into her brain, to understand how cats see and comprehend things.

1. What does the litter-box represent to your cat? 

  1. Cats are naturally territorial, and when they go potty, it’s more than just a mere digestion process.litterbox
    Cats need to mark their territory, to prove their dominance and ownership in their home, especially male cats.
    Outdoor or wild cats, would be digging and peeing all around their territory. And So, a litter box should be serving the same purpose for our indoor cats, so that they keep coming back to the same spot, instead of doing it in all the wrong places.
    However, cats should start using the litter box instinctively at only a few weeks old.

2. Difference between spraying and Indiscriminate Urination:

Spraying – If your cat is spraying , he’s not missing, but he’s simply trying to communicate either to you or to other cats. This occurs specially with highly territorial cats. However, spraying is harder to work with, than Indiscriminate Urination.
Indiscriminate Urination – is when a cat mistakenly goes outside the litter box, due to medical reasons, or because they are discomforted by the litter box presented.

3. Never punish your cat:

Contrary to many beliefs, cats never response to punishment. They simply don’t get it. If a cat pees on your favorite carpet,  and you yell at him, or put his nose in it, splash him with a water bottle or use any other method, I promise you, your cat has no idea why you’re doing it…
The only thing that actually does is; teach your cat to be scared of you, but once you’re out of sight, he’ll be peeing under the couch, or behind something in some corner where he thinks you can’t see him.
Even worse, your cat may assassinate the litter box with negative experience and refuse to go back to the litter-box anymore.

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How to properly litter box train your cat or kitten?

So what should you do if your cat or kitten “goes” outside the litter box?

Take the poop, place it in the litter box, then gently carry your cat and place him/her inside the litter-box. Then clean out the spot where she did it with a water and vinegar.
This step is very important, because cats’ poop may leave a stain or a scent that we talked about earlier, that cannot be seen or smelled by humans. Normal detergents don’t get this residue out, that’s why you need to use vinegar, then finish with your normal detergent if you wish.

Personally, I like to keep a spray bottle of half and half of water and vinegar for such accidents,plus its good for other cleansing uses too. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer, mild disinfectant and germicide. It leaves no residue, so you don’t have to rinse the stain again after cleaning with it. Plus, it’s a natural ingredient, so it’s not harmful on your pets.

“RemembArrower, persistence is the key”


Start early… Prepare before your cat comes home.

Before your new cat comes home, have things ready for him/her, what you’ll need is the litter boxes, litter scoop and the litter itself. 10 Things you need, before bringing your new cat home


First thing you should do, once your cat comes home:

Have a litter-box prepared in a room, with a bowl of fresh food and water on the other side as well. Open the carrier, and let him/her explore. If the cat doesn’t check the litter-box on her own, gently carry her and place her inside the litter-box and scratch around to get her attention.


Develop
 a  feeding time schedule for your cat: 

Don’t give your cat free feeding… This step is important for so many reasons that we will discuss in further articles.
However, regarding our current issue, it is as simple as that;
Developing a feeding time schedule for your cat will automatically help you predict when your cat is going to go potty. And so, you can help him/her out by placing her inside the litter-box, or placing her in a room where the litter-box is for a little while, until she does it.


Praise your cat, Let him know he did good: Cat

Whenever your cat is in the litter box, praise him, either by words, giving him a scratch or his favorite treat. By time, this will create a positive mental connection. Meaning that, the cat would remember having a positive experience every time he goes to the litter-box, so he’s gonna continue going there.


Clean up the litter-box Regularly, but…:

Just like us, cats are very hygienic by nature, and if they keep coming back to a dirty litter-box, they will get sick of it, and may stop using the litter box.
However, when your cat is still in the process of learning to use the litter box, leave a small piece behind, so that the scent would remind her that this is the right place to go.

 

Hope you found that useful.. I’ll See you next time ✌️

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Bringing a new cat home

Expecting Your New Cat or Kitten Home Soon? Here’s a list of the 10 basic supplies you will need, before your new friend comes home:

 

CatBringing home a new cat/kitten is a very exciting time for you. However, it’s a very scary and stressful time for your cat. Separation from their mom or their previous owner and moving to a new home could be overwhelming, specially with older cats. So you need to be prepare beforehand, to make this transition easier for you and your cat, and to make sure your new friend is happy and comfortable. Most cats take about a week or two, to adapt to their new home.

 

 

Be Prepared:

1. Cat-Proof your home:

  • Some plants are toxic to cats, so make sure you do your Research and remove any toxic plants from your home.
  • Replace breakable objects from places that can be reachable to your cat.
  • Unplug Electrical wires that are not being used.
  • Close your windows,
    New Cats (specially older ones) can be very stressed at the beginning and may try to hide away. If they run too fast with an open window… Accidents may happen.


2. Cat Carrier      cat carrier

You need a cat carrier to keep your cat safe on the way home. As well as vet visits, travelling and all that good stuff.


3. Food, water and serving bowls.

  • Ask about your cat’s current diet;
    It’s very important to ask the previous owner what they feed your cat? And what is her food preferences? Because a sudden change in diet could upset her stomach. However, if you want to work on changing her diet; go slowly, and make small changes daily so she could get used to it.
  • Food and water bowls;
    Avoid plastic bowls – Although plastic bowls may seem like a practical solution, some cats are allergic to plastic and develop a skin condition on their skin (acne-like). And you know what, even if your cat is not allergic, it’s just unhealthy to feed them in plastic… Just like its unhealthy for us.
    The safest materials as recommended by veterinarians are: Stainless-steel and ceramic. However, let’s face it, stainless-steel is more practical since it’s sturdy, and well… it wont break.
  • Keep it clean;
    don’t feed your cat in a dirty bowl or plate. Germs will accumulate and besides, cats don’t like eating or drinking in dirty dishes.
  • Cats don’t appreciate sharing with other cats – If you have more than 1 cat in your household, make sure each gets their own food and water bowls, to maintain a good relationship between your cats.

 

4. Litter box, Litter and Litter scoop 

  • Cat Litter
    There are so many different types of litter in the market; Non-clumping clay, Silica gel crystals, Recyclitter essentialsled paper, and so many others. Mostly, your choice will depend on you and your cat’s personal preference.
    However, there are three main points to consider;

    • Most cats prefer unscented litter, specially if they are highly territorial.
    • If you get an older cat, it is advisable to use the same type of litter your cat was used to in his or her previous home, to make the transition phase easier on him/her.
    • If you already have a cat, and you changed the type of litter you were using before, and suddenly your cat started doing it outside the litter-box, there is a good chance that this could be one of the reasons.

 

  • Number of litter boxes;
    The general rule for litter boxes is; the number of litter boxes should be double the number of cats, and they should be placed in different locations around the house.
    1 cat = 2 litter boxes

 

  • Avoid Automatic, self-cleaning litter boxes;
    Even though, these boxes may seem really appealing and high-tech. And lets face it, you don’t have to deal with your cat’s poop as much. However, I cannot stress enough how many cats have created bad litter box habits because of these electronic stuff. And here are the reasons why;

    • Basically these types of litter boxes are designed to swipe away the dirt once your cat is done; the cat goes in Litterbox_Petsoholicthe box, she does her business, a few minutes later the machine will detect the clumpy stuff and start getting rid of it.
      Now the problem occurs sometimes when, the litter box would start cleaning while the cat is still inside the box, the cat gets hurt or scared. So the next time he goes to do his business, he doesn’t want to go back to that place were he was discomforted, specially if you have a nervous cat, so he goes outside the box and refuses to use the litter-box anymore. That is why many cat behaviorists would recommend using the traditional litter box, to avoid accidents.
    • Moreover, cats litter shows a lot about their health, so as a responsible guardian, you need to check it regularly to make sure everything is okay. Personally, with all my cats, i prefer using covered litter boxes, that way my cats are happy.. and i don’t get to see or smell the mess. However, it’s important to know that; in the first couple of weeks, you should not have the box covered, until you make sure that your cat has established a good litter box habits, then you can start adding the cover.

 

  • Size of the litter box
    Don’t get a litter box that is too small for your cat, get one that is big enough for your cat’s adult size so she can find enough space to move around.
    Moreover, make sure the litter-box is easy access for your cat. Meaning, if you have a kitten, or a senior cat  that can’t jump that high for example, make sure you get her a short length litter-box that she can easily get in and out of.

 

  • Regular CleaningBad smelly litterbox
    It is very important to clean the litter box regularly. Because of so many obvious reasons like dealing with a smell, and the germs. But most importantly, you should know that cats don’t like going in a dirty box, so if you leave the box dirty, your cat may start doing it outside the box.

 

  • Don’t Hide it:
    Location of the litter box is very important to encourage good litter box habits. You may not like it, but the box has to be placed in a place that is safe, and that is a socially important place, contrary to what many people believe.
Cats don’t appreciate privacy when it comes to litter boxes.

Don’t hide the litter box behind the couch, behind the bathroom door, or down in the basement, because the cat will not go there.
Cats love to smell their scent around places were they can smell their owner’s scent. And I don’t mean bad odor, i mean the scent that our human noses cannot smell, because they need to mark their territory.
Learn more about litter box training your cat 


5. Scratch Post

Scratching posts are very important if you want to keep your furniture safe. Because cats have to scratch, it’s just part of their amazing nature, that you have to accept if you love your cat. Cats scratch to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, and to mark their territory.  So you can never stop your cat from scratching. However, what you can do, is to shape that behavior into a positive one that would make you both happy.
One way to do that is to use a scratching post. To teach your cat that scratching is good, but it has to be done “here”.


6. Toys:Cat and toy

Cats need to exercise daily, and the time and methods of exercising varies, depending on the cat’s bread and its energy level. One way to do that, is using toys that can stimulate your cat physically and mentally. Needless to say, if you leave your cat alone for a certain amount of hours, you need to have some toys around so she/he would have something to do when you’re not around.


7. Grooming and Grooming Tools:

You will need: a brush, a comb, and a nail trimmer:
  • Brushing your cat; Depending on your cat’s hair length and thickness, she/he will need regular brushing to; reduce shedding, helps keeping your cat clean, preventing mats, and lessen hair balls and bonding with your cat.
    Most cats love brushing, however, you should start brushing you cat as early as possible so she can get used it.
  • Nail Trimming; there are many reasons why it is advisable to trim your cat’s nails. The most obvious one, is for damage control. However, you should only cut the thin sharp edge of the nail.
    Be careful , if you get too deep, you can cut the vein and hurt your cat.

8. Introducing your cat to another pet:

If you have another pet in the house, whether it’s another cat, a dog or any other pet. You need to take it slowly, so you can properly introduce them to each other.


9. Take him/her to the vet:Vet icon

First of all, you need to ask the previous owner about your cat’s medical history. And It’s very important to make a quick visit to the vet once you bring your cat home. Get her checked, learn about cats vaccination. Learn about Spaying or intrauterine your cat, proper nutrition and all that good stuff. ?


10. Take things Slowly:

Finally, Remember to take things slowly. Transitions are usually very stressful on your cat. But younger kittens usually adapt to their new environment faster than older cats. So give them space, and time.

Go with your cat’s own pace. She will learn to love and trust you… ღ

 

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Why should you never feed your cat a Dry Food ONLY diet?
What happens if a kitten is separated too early from its mama?
How to litter box train your cat or kitten?
11 things to consider before choosing your First Pet

 

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