Welcome to the Quilting Board!
Kittens are so much fun. They can be just crazy, but they will settle down. Just remember it will take a little while. Here are a couple of tips from a seasoned cat owner and cat foster mom -
1. Get one of those cardboard scratching pad things. They aren't too expensive and it will save your furniture. Remember, declawing is inhumane. Many cats with behavior issues are declawed.
2. Feed him a good quality food. Your local pet food store can help with this. Male cats can get the crystals in their bladder from the cheap cat food. It's very painful and costly. They also poop less with the high quality food - there isn't as much grain in it.
3. Give him a tiny bit of canned food every day. It's good for their kidneys. I have been told to even put a little water on it so they get even more liquids. The shelter I foster for says that cats don't get near enough liquids.
Good luck - post pictures!!!
We adopted a black barn cat who's mother died--he was so small he would fit in my hand---now he is 9 years old and 18 pounds---I held him and rubbed his belly so he would like that and now you cannot touch his belly---he gives us lots of joy and laughter and he decides where and when he will be petted and when he will sit on your lap and demand to be scratched---cannot imagine not having him around---loves to chew on plastic--doesn't bite any off ---just punches holes in it---the plastic he is laying on in avitar is his favortie kind
they can be loads of company and fun.
Freedom is costly and quilting keeps us busy...
My 17-year-old Gracie says to congratulate both you and your new kitty. When my pets did not keep the names they were given at the shelter, the right name just popped out of thin air eventually. My dearly departed long-haired black and white 18 pounder was "Adam" at the shelter, but Nicodemus Popadopolas ("Nico") to me.
"Accomplishment is a consequence of effort" -- Michael Crichton
I didn't know that gingers are usually males. My son has a pair of brothers. Both gorgeous. I've only had females, calicos and blacks.
Congrats!!! If he isn't "fixed" get that done, FAST.... you will be glad you did.
Good for you! There is nothing like having a kitty help out and inspect everything you do. Glad he has a good home.
Enjoy your new baby! We are currently without right now (we just lost our oldest and last cat in Dec) and I miss having one. However, we would like to do some traveling in the near future and it will be easier without having to deal with pet sitters.