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Hello,
my older sister (18 yrs) wanted a kitten. in my opinion she is not fit to have a kitten (no knowledge, no time, etc). however my mums friend gave her a kitten because her cat had a litter and she could not keep them all.

the kitten is not really used to people yet. the only reason my sister wanted a kitten is because they're 'cute'. since it's not used to people and is scared it hisses at her when she tried to pick it up. she did not even try to get it used to her, she just said "I don't want it anymore". she does not care for it, she does not buy it food or anything so my younger sister and I have taken care of her for the past 2 days. we bought her food etc.

now the problem is that we want to let her out to walk around. however we don't know where to let her roam. in the night we want to put her back in her (temporary) box to sleep in there. once we let her out she always runs to a very slim area behind the kitchen sink and doesn't come out. the only way we got her out was by putting food at the end and catching her when she came out. she had stayed there overnight and hadn't come out. she wasn't stuck though.

so I don't want to let her roam around the house because I don't want her to get herself into trouble/get lost somewhere. when we let her out, she runs to that spot behind the kitchen sink.

so I just want to know what's the best way to let her out to play? and an easy way to get her back for the night? should I just let her to roam around in one room instead of the house?

I should also note we may be giving her to a friend who has owned cats and has experience with them. I really don't think we can properly care for a cat.

thanks

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Nicole,

There is a pretty good book on kitten care called "Kittens for Dummies" (not present company, but part of a series "XXXXXXXX for Dummies") by Dusty Rainbolt, 2004, Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ.  I would get a copy and read it.

Most kittens are pretty bright.  Once you show them the litter pan and where it is supposed to be, they can usually find it.  Depending on how active the kitten is, you may have to kitten proof any part of the house the kitten can roam, so they cannot get into trouble or cause expensive or dear items to break.

If you feel you cannot properly care for this kitten, giving it away may save a lot of grief for both of you and the kitten.

Please let me know what you decide.

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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