My letter will be very, very short as I’m a
four weeks old rescue and I can barely reach the keyboard! I desperately need
your advice! I was abandoned on a front lawn when I was less than four weeks
old. The home owner or rather said the front yard owner said she’ll keep me but
later changed her mind. Luckily the next door neighbour (a very nice and loving
lady) volunteered to take me in (even if she already has a rescue cat)!
So, I was abandoned twice in my young life
so to speak!
My new good mommy never had to take care of
such a young kitty and even if she’s trying her best we both need some solid
advice! She takes me to work with her (in her purse) so she can bottle feed me
but what else does she need to know or do?
George, please help!
Thank goodness you have finally found a human pet who can be relied upon. If your new pet needs to be up to speed on bottle feeding, she can find advice here. How wonderful that she takes you to work in her handbag (or purse as you say in Canada). She must have a great boss. What a great way to socialise you to other human beings.
If you are now four weeks old, it's time to think about weaning and there is good information here. Slowly introduce kitten food. Because kittens need the right food ingredients, it's best to feed ordinary over the counter kitten food made by a reputable manufacturer. They've done a lot of research into growth rates over the years. Later, if you want to, you can switch your adult cat to organic or ethical diets. At the moment some of these are not reliable (because of libel I can't name names) and therefore should not be used for the first year. Home-made diets can also lead to stunted growth or even bone deformities.
You look really good - unlike the little kitten handed into Celia last week, which had infected eyes, cat flu, hair loss on two feet, and a belly swollen with worms.
PS. Remind your human not to play games with her hands with you.
Help for cats whose humans show behaviour problems.
This blog is devoted to the study of human behaviour. We cats, who live with this sometimes unpredictable and always feeble minded species, can benefit from seeing their behaviour in its proper scientific context. The study of feline dilemmas, training problems, and difficulties with humans, can only benefit all of us. All of us train our humans - to buy the right food, for instance, but many of us do not have knowledge of how to improve our training methods. The human species is obviously not as intelligent as the cat, but nevertheless can learn quite a lot - if properly managed. Topics of interest include the use of claw and order, purring as a human reward, rubbing your human up the right way, when to bite, spraying as a method of making our wishes known, ignoring the human, human harassment, human inattention and sheer human stupidity. I welcome your questions. Photos can be sent via my secretary's website, www.celiahaddon.com This blog has been chosen as one of the top 50 feline blogs by Online VetTechprogramms.org