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Is this normal first day home behavior for my kitten, or should I be concerned?

This seems pretty standard for a kitten that was separated from her mother and siblings maybe a bit too young. 6 weeks old used to be the standard age to send kittens to new homes, and it won't hurt ...
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Is it ok to adopt a kitten if you have a murderous cat?

First, step back and read up on best ages for kittens to leave their mother. (The best age to adopt a kitten is around 10 weeks.) At 3 weeks of age a kitten is completely helpless and will need help ...
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How to stop adopted stray/feral cat from scratching trees?

Wouldn't it be a better solution to protect the trees from the cat than to remove the cat from the family? First of all, it's impossible to teach a cat not to scratch on anything. The claws of cats ...
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Is this normal first day home behavior for my kitten, or should I be concerned?

6 weeks is way too young to be separated from her mother. Unless there is an emergency reason, I strongly suggest returning this kitten to her mother for at least another 6 weeks. Good breeders ...
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Is it a responsible action to adopt a starving kitten when I live in a very small place?

First question is, do you want a cat? If not, disregard the rest of my comment and say no. I'm inclined to agree with your friend, although I do understand your reservations. If the situation the ...
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Is it a responsible action to adopt a starving kitten when I live in a very small place?

The most important things for a cat are food and safety. Many actually prefer a smaller space because it's easier to investigate, patrol and feel safe in. Also, cats see their world more three-...
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Is it ok to adopt a kitten if you have a murderous cat?

The fact that the old cat is friendly with the Shih Tzu means that there's good hope that he will tolerate the kitten. Start by bringing things that smell like the kitten into the old cat's space, ...
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How to convince people not to buy, but adopt

Buying dogs is a "new" thing in India - most of my grandmother's dogs in the past have been street dogs. They've all been awesome in their own way. In the modern context - Its all about networking, ...
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Cat REALLY wants to leave his "safe" room after 1 day at our house

If your cat wants to explore the area you should let him do so, but leave the door to his safe spot open so he can hide there if or when he gets scared. Every cat is different and some are brave and ...
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Is this normal first day home behavior for my kitten, or should I be concerned?

Act soon on hydration. Dehydration is a big worry - they don't have much in the way of reserves. We nearly lost two after taking them home at barely 6 weeks (we were told 8 but I believe the vet ...
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Is this normal first day home behavior for my kitten, or should I be concerned?

A couple of things to be aware of with a meowing kitten: 1) If they are an oriental breed like a siamese, they will be very chatty with you. My oriental shorthair has a large vocabulary of meows at ...
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Do shelters allow you to adopt cats temporarily until someone agrees to take them permanently?

The practice is known as fostering. Animals aren't fostered only for the purpose of making more room in shelters, although that is one of the reasons. There are other benefits to fostering as well, ...
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Hard to find black kitten, has something changed?

As Rebecca suggests, no reputable shelter will adopt out black kittens near Halloween. But furthermore, no reputable shelter will adopt out kittens that aren't spayed or neutered. Your use of the ...
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Is it ok to adopt a kitten if you have a murderous cat?

Cats view other cats differently than they view prey animals. While cats aren't the socialization machines that humans are, cats, like humans, form social groups and bond with other cats. Also like ...
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Is it ok to adopt a kitten if you have a murderous cat?

It might sound awful but your cat does what his instincts tell him. A rat is a dangerous creature. It's smart and can bite quite severely. Attacking it from behind, weakening it, and making it almost ...
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Cat REALLY wants to leave his "safe" room after 1 day at our house

You just need to leave everything open (except main door). He will do what he feels best, no need to tell him what to do or not to do. I received an adult cat that was hiding most of the time in dark ...
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Should I change litter weekly even if it is hardly used?

If you are using a clumping litter, their usual advice is to sift-and-refill daily, and do a complete replacement monthly to get the bits that escape. I have never been certain about the necessity for ...
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First time owning a cat

There are many things you can try to solve your problem. The easiest of which is as follows: Find a small room in your house, where you go often, that has a door. Such as a bedroom. Take all the ...
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Integrating a kitten - meowing back

Being taken from her family is a scary situation, even if you offer your kitten lots of hiding spaces. As Trond Hansen correctly stated, her meowing is her call for mommy or anyone of her old family. ...
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Is it a responsible action to adopt a starving kitten when I live in a very small place?

Kittens can find joy in a relatively small space with humans as companions. I’m in China, and many of my friends have cats while living in a fairly small rented apartment. So if you think you can take ...
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Is this normal first day home behavior for my kitten, or should I be concerned?

According to a site I reference frequently for pet questions, "The Spruce Pets", kittens of that age should be fed an average of 4 times a day...with moist kitten food or dry kitten food moistened ...
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HELP my very newly adopted cat hasn’t eaten, drinkin and pooped in the first 12 hours

It is scary for a cat to come to a new place and she will need some time to get over this. Place food and water close to where she is hiding,but not in a corner of the room,she does not want to be ...
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What factors are most important to adopters of rescue dogs?

I recently read about the "Meet Your Match" dog assessment system by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that is backed by scientific research and concentrates on ...
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Is this normal first day home behavior for my kitten, or should I be concerned?

It is normal, but you need to give her a lot of care. A young kitten is very different from a not so young one. You will have to spend a lot of time with her for the next 2 to 6 weeks. We ended up ...
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Should I adopt a stray kitten even if it's too much responsibility?

If you are not prepared to be responsible for an animal for its entire lifetime, then you should not adopt that animal. For a cat, you should anticipate a minimum commitment of 15 years, and ...
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What would be a good breed of dog for a first time owner?

Could anyone recommend a breed? Breed doesn't always tell you everything you need to know about a dog, but it can give you a helpful understanding of the general needs and some characteristics that ...
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Is it OK to adopt unknown breeds?

First of all, dogs are dogs. The all have the same basic needs. And every dog can be trained. And even dogs of the same breed can be really different in behavior and character. But, you are right, not ...
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Is black cat hard to get adopted?

People will say that black cats go unadopted more often anecdotally, but from articles on the subject, it seems to be not necessarily the case that black cats are less wanted than other colors of cats....
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