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  •  Yes, we will take it to a vet as soon as (23+ / 0-)

    possible, and we were planning to adopt a shelter cat after the holidays.  Our last cat passed over the rainbow bridge  about this time last year; it appears that we will keep this cat.  No idea whether this is a girl or boy or how old it is.  I did not think the prospects for catching this kitten were that high so I am a little unprepared.

    ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

    by slowbutsure on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 07:51:22 AM PST

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    •  Awesome that you're planning to keep kitty (15+ / 0-)

      We're kind of the place kitties come to plead for shelter. Had a set of four that showed up one bitterly cold night and still have one with us.

      I ask about the age & vet check as the lone female had kittens shortly after and we thought she was just a kitten herself! Just thought she was thriving under our loving care. Heh! She's the one still with us.

    •  Check kitty's teeth (2+ / 0-)
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      If s/he has the needle-sharp baby teeth it's less than five or five and a half months old.  They lose their baby teeth about that time and the large adult canines with the more rounded tips grow in first.

      When I had eleven cats, the father-son vet team I took them to wouldn't spay/neuter them until they lost their baby teeth at @ 5 1/2 mos old.  The boys' testicles don't drop before they lose the baby teeth.  One of my little girls went into estrus at only three months old and they wouldn't spay her until she lost her baby teeth (too much danger of hemorrhage for the girls because while they're in estrus the uterus is engorged with extra blood).  Uff da!  Caterwauling every week or two was rough on my nerves until I had her spayed.  I know vets do spay/neuter earlier now, but I'm still not convinced it's wise.  For one thing, with the boys, if the testicles have not dropped yet, how do they find them to remove them?

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      by NonnyO on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 01:54:35 PM PST

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      •  It's not that hard (2+ / 0-)
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        They're usually up in the pelvis where they're supposed to be before they drop.
        I tried to get my vet to neuter my two cats before six months of age and he refused, as a result, I have a neutered male that can spray like a tiger.

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        by skohayes on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 03:41:39 PM PST

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    •  Anecdote (5+ / 0-)

      My wife caught a couple of feral kittens once, maybe 3 weeks to a month old from the same location, but about a week apart. One was very sickly, with the pus in the eyes and sneezing. They were probably litter mates.

      The sickly one didn't tale long to warm up to her, maybe bcuz it didn't have much strength, but he began purring at the attention he got while he was being cleaned up. He was human friendly almost from the start

      The other, a calico (pootie xperts know what sex it was) which was not sickly, was very shy and a little hostile. It would run under the furniture whenever someone came in the house. Then, after about 3 weeks, my wife woke up from a nap on the couch and this kitty was sleeping between her knees, and remained bonded and user friendly to her rescuer but shy of others.

      I met my wife after these kitties had been with her for about a year, and the shy one just one day (after about a month and a half) accepted me, even though I was only 'visiting' three or four days a week at the beginning. After that I could pick the kitty up, and she'd get all rubbery with me too.

      Lesson seems to be: let the cat do the approaching. This seems to be in their biology - part of how, when young, they assess potential threats, a mechanism they lock down and carry into adulthood.

      Glad you are willing to be a rescuer, two of our three are rescues, and one was not wanted and given to us.

      Yonder stands your orphan with his gun... Crying like a fire in the sun ~Bob Dylan

      by paz3 on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 02:01:29 PM PST

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