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    Default Kitten help! ?

    I have never lived with cats or kittens before and 2 nights ago
    I brought home our 8 week old kitten. I am struggling to work out a routine.

    If i lock her in the laundry overnight, and all day while im at work she will meow nonstop (plus its not very nice for her and id feel awful). If i have her out at night to burn off steam she keeps me awake and meows, and doesnt find her litter the same as she does in the day. She had 2 accidents last night, but i caught her tonight and put her in her litter before she could go...very close call!

    I guess i am looking for some tips and tricks when it comes to settling them in and finding the routine. Any kitty experts?

    I spent about 4 hours today searching for her..shes a houdini! 😼😼

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    Kittens don't need a routine, they just want comfort. You can try a hot water bottle and an old fashion clock that ticks under blankets in a box. Locking her in the laundry is not nice, you're right. She is like any newborn. There will be a short rough period but she will adjust and find her groove in your home. Just play mummy for a while an she will be fine. It's just a week or so of adjustment. She's only a baby and all scared now she is away from mum and the rest of the litter. She really will adapt quite quickly. The accidents shouldn't last long either.

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    I've never owned an indoor kitten before, but am hoping too once Ds is older.
    I honesly assumed you let them roam free in the house during the day (maybe close off some doors) and then at night they sleep in a smaller area (laundry, cat cage) or maybe my bed!

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    For a kitten that little, having access to the whole house right away when home alone is likely to feel daunting, I'd stick with the laundry/bathroom and make sure there is some nice comfy bedding, fresh water, some food and maybe a radio or something for some noise. My cats are 1 and 3 and they still sleep in the laundry/cat enclosure together at night and go in there when we're out cos I dont trust them (youngest one recently destroyed the bottom of our futon so she can sleep inside it lol

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    At that age my kittens (litter mates so but of a diff situation with 2 of them) slept in a large crate near our bedroom. I had them in the crate in the lounge for nap time during the day, and then supervised play times in the house. Then after awhile transitioned them to sleeping in the laundry, and unsupervised in the house in the day time.

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    PS my mum is doing the same with her kittens at the moment, they're 12 weeks old.

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    Where's her litter located?? If it's too close to her bed or food/water source, she won't use it. You also don't mention what kind of home she came from. Did she have full run of the house there? We got our kittens at 8 weeks and they had full run of the house in their previous home so we just let them go and took them to the litter every hour or two. It's very important you assert yourself as top cat in her world or she'll think she is and this can lead to problems down the road. A lot of people get cats with the mistaken thinking they're in dependant and can be left to their own devices and they are when they're older. As a young kitten they don't need a routine but they do need discipline and the reinforcement of where they rank in the home. They also need LOADS of play or they get bored and kittens rival toddlers for destructive powers.

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    She came from a breeder where she had a room with her family, and i think they were allowed in the house every so often.

    The litter too close may have been the problem. The litter, her bed and food was all in the laundry with her. I cant see any other way then to leave her out during the day and separate everything. She does wees in her box but not poos. She held a poo in for when i let her out this morning and did it on the carpet! Her poos smell awful too do i really want to discourage it! I cant put her on the litter every two hours as i am not home. I am hoping that i get home this afternoon and she will have used her box and not the carpet 😷 It doesnt help i am preg and nauseaus and they are so smelly. Shes got Purina dry food if thats the cause?

    She has noticeably settled in now, she will approach me, look for me in the house and she wants to play which i think is a good sign.

    How do i discourage the scratching? She loves scratching the couch already despite having a pole. Not sure if i can train that one out of her though.

    Shes gorgeous but so much work! I guess its good practise for bubba 😆

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    @Jennaisme what things do i need to do to be 'top cat'?

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    This is her btw, getting into everything! 😊
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