Hi,We just got a new kitten today about 8 weeks old. She was raised outside in a barn and has not had any medical attention. She had been eating kitten chow and the occasional mouse for 2 weeks prior to moving in with us. Today she has been drinking milk and eating dried kitten chow but we have not seen her use the litter box or anywhere for the 5 hours we've had her.

She seems pretty healthy and we want to know what is recommended as far as shots and anything else we should do for her. We do not plan to declaw her and would like her to be an inside cat. Is this 8 week age too early to get her medical attention? Any suggestions how to get her to use a litter box if she decides to go anywhere she wants? Any help is appreciated.

Bob and Mickey
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Hi, We just got a new kitten today about 8 weeks old. She was raised outside in a barn and ... to get her to use a litter box if she decides to go anywhere she wants? Any help is appreciated.

Try mixing some dirt into her litter to give her the idea. I would also put her in the litter and dig in it with your hand to give her the idea.

Now's a really good time to get her checked out by the vet kitten shots and so on. In a month or so you can get her spayed. The milk may or may not be a great idea. I presume this is cow's milk? Some cats, although by no means all cats, are lactose intolerant and may get diarrhea from cow's milk. She'd probably do fine on cream, though, since it has less lactose.
Not declawing her is great, and indoors is a good idea, too. Good thing she's young, so the great outdoors can more easily become a memory. One of mine was a feral kitten whom I took in and socialized when he was at least 12 weeks old. He's fine indoors only now, although I'm not sure he recognizes the green trees and grass outside my windows as the same world as the concrete, corrugated iron, and dumpsters which were the environment he grew up in!
Is she at at all socialized? Will she let you touch her?

Priscilla
Yes, she lets us pick her up and cuddle her. Right now she is sleeping on a small towel over a throw rug. Is she at 8 weeks old enough to take for shots?
thanks
Bob

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Yes, she lets us pick her up and cuddle her. Right now she is sleeping ona small towel over a throw rug. Is she at 8 weeks old enough to take for shots? thanks Bob

Yes, she's old enough for her shots.
Judy
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Hi, We just got a new kitten today about 8 weeks old. She was raised outside in a barn and has not had any medical attention.

The first thing you should do is get her to a veterinarian for a checkup.
She had been eating kitten chow and the occasional mouse for 2 weeks prior to moving in with us. Today ... chow but we have not seen her use the litter box or anywhere for the 5 hours we've had her.

Cats can hold their waste for lengthy periods of time, particularly if they're in a new environment.
She seems pretty healthy and we want to know what is recommended as far as shots and anything else we should do for her.

Vaccination recommendations:
http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/health/vaccination-guidelines.html http://www.geocities.com/~kremersark/macy699.html
http://www.snowflakesplace.net/CatVaccs082003.htm
Ask your vet if s/he follows Cornell's feline vaccination guidelines. If s/he doesn't, find one who does. Also ask your vet if s/he uses vaccines like Merial's Purevax, which do not contain adjuvants. If s/he doesn't, find one who does.
http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/May97/catshots.hrs.html

Good links:
http://www.critteradvocacy.org/Web%20Links.htm
We do not plan to declaw her and would like her to be an inside cat. Is this 8 week age too early to get her medical attention?

Absolutely not. Don't forget to schedule her to be spayed, too.
Any suggestions how to get her to use a litter box if she decides to go anywhere she wants?

It is highly unlikely that she'll do that. Cats are, by nature, fastidious and instinctively want to bury their waste. Provide her with litterboxes and show her her where they are and she'll likely use them as she should.
Any help is appreciated.

Laura

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Yes, she lets us pick her up and cuddle her. Right now she is sleeping on a small towel over a throw rug. Is she at 8 weeks old enough to take for shots?

Yes. She really should be checked out by a vet.
Priscilla
Yes, she should go in for her shots now and be checked for worms. I would feed her canned kitten food and dry food. She will be fine. Have her spayed at the appropriate age.
Gail