What to know before we pick up our kitten?

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September 20, 2019 / By Linsey
Question: Long story short(in case you answered my previous question) we went to the pet store for a betta fish, ended up adopting a kitten with 8 toes :p We are getting him monday or tuesday. Today we're going shopping for the kitten and I'm wondering what are the basic things we need? I know litterbox, food bowls etc but just in case I forgot something. Also, how do I litterbox train a kitten, if needed? He was with a foster so he might already know, we didn't ask. He is six weeks old. Also, I have 2 dogs, one used to live with cats so he won't really care, but our puppy has never been around cats, other than seeing one outside. The kitten was living with a lab, but what do I do if they dislike each other? I think they will do fine though, because Koa is all bark no bite. Anyways, thanks for any help, and anything I should know for a first time kitten owner would be great :) To those who said he is too young, he was found as an outside cat who's mother left. His foster parents found him walking around outside and they took him in, so yes, he is a rescue.
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Kalysta Kalysta | 10 days ago
If this kitten is only 6 weeks old, its too young to be going in a new home. You will end up with a lot of social and behavior problems. Ideally the kitten should be 10-12 weeks old before adoption. Was this a shelter/rescue group in the pet shop? Or was the pet shop selling the kitten (underaged)? Most shelters do NOT adopt out kittens less then 8-12 weeks old because they need to be spayed/neutered first. You will need a litter pan, litter, carrier, treehouse/scratching post no smaller then 4-5 feet tall, quality food (not the cheap crappy stuff), nail clippers, separate food/water bowls.
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Kalysta Originally Answered: My kitten used to eat Science Diet kitten food but we swtiched to Purina kitten food?
I'm not a huge fan of the Science Diet brand, I remember the company having problems with toxic ingredients and pet deaths in the 80s. Ive also had many dogs and cats that seemed to prefer other brands to this food. Having said that, there is no doubt that it is a better than average quality food if overpriced. The proof of the quality is in the change in the level of smell that you noticed. The food is somewhat more digestible than most supermarketed brands. There is a certain amount of built obsolensence ( I hope I spelled that right) with mass marketed (sold in supermarkets) brands. They are going to try to maximize their profit by using and buying ingredients that are economical, sometimes this compromises the quality of the food. They are formulated to make your pet have to eat more to get its nutrition. So you have to buy more. This makes more stool and smellier stool. The better the quality of the ingredients the smaller and less smellier the stools. Your pet is USING more of the food before forming waste. The more indigestible filler ingredients the more stool. Indigestible filler makes you think that you are getting more food in the bag for a cheaper price. Does that make sense? I researched this and spoke to the sales reps for the pet food companies when I was ordering for the animal hospital I was running. They all explained how their food was manufactured and of course how superior THEIR brand was. But what I gleaned from them was a truth about how pet food is made and since the recent pet food scandal, I think that people are becoming more aware of the scam of paying more for so called gourmet pet food brands. So if you can stand the extra smell, the more affordable food should be just fine. If I remember correctly, Purina and Pedigree werent part of the food toxicity problem because they still manufacture their food in their own plants as they have for years. I've used Pedigree and I was pleased with the results that I got for the price I paid. But when I could afford it, I feed my pets Royal Canin to my dogs and their feline product ( I cant recall the name of the cat food) to my cats and was very impressed. The same for the Innova products - I was very impressed with the small, relatively smell free stools the food produced, which made me feel that I was feeding a high quality food and was getting my money's worth. I dont think that you need to worry about the smell change healthwise, as long as her coat and eyes are shiny, and seems to play and behave normally. Her litterbox may just be a good place for a Stik Up while you are feeding the new food. LOL!
Kalysta Originally Answered: My kitten used to eat Science Diet kitten food but we swtiched to Purina kitten food?
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Hailey Hailey
Make sure you buy a scratching post for your kitten. That way he can keep their claws at an appropriate length and he won't choose to destroy your furniture. If he isn't trained to use a litter box, it's quite simple to teach him. Just place him into it and sort of move his paw so that he digs in it and understands that he can bury things in it. Every now and then put him in the box and see if he will do anything. Cats are pretty good at figuring it out. Six weeks is really young for a cat; in my country, a cat needs to be at least eight weeks old to be adopted. Introduce your kitten to your dogs while holding him gently. Get him to sniff them and also allow the dogs to sniff him and get to know him. Cats and dogs aren't as bad together as films suggest. They might even grow to be close friends. Just remember to keep a close watch on all three pets in the early stages. Also, your dogs might get a bit jealous of the new member of the family, so make sure you give them attention too, otherwise they may stop eating.
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Dolanna Dolanna
Aww kittens are so cute. Ive gone through the kitten stage many times and know these are the things you def need to have... scratchie post - the bigger the better i reckon haha excellent quality kitten biscuits (not from the supermarket, but from vet or pet store) a bed or hutch plenty of toys - balls, balls with bells etc and maybe a brush enjoy your kitten and take plenty of photos/videos.
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Dolanna Originally Answered: How do I know when to pick my corn?
According to the Illinois cooperative extension; "Each cornstalk should produce at least one large ear. Under good growing conditions (correct spacing; freedom from weeds, insects and disease; and adequate moisture and fertility), many varieties produce a second ear. This second ear is usually smaller and develops later than the first ear. Sweet corn ears should be picked during the "milk stage" when the kernels are fully formed but not fully mature. This stage occurs about 20 days after the appearance of the first silk strands. The kernels are smooth and plump and the juice in the kernel appears milky when punctured with a thumbnail. Sweet corn remains in the milk stage less than a week. As harvest time approaches, check frequently to make sure that the kernels do not become too mature and doughy. Other signs that indicate when the corn is ready for harvest are drying and browning of the silks, fullness of the tip kernels and firmness of the unhusked ears."

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