11 week old kitten's continual crying
(Greenville, SC, USA)
We recently got a 10 week old female kitten from a friend whose cat had 4 kittens. This is my first cat - my hubby had several of them while growing up. The kittens were all still together, along with the mother and two other adult cats when we got her. We have only had this kitten for 5 nights.
The problem we are having is that she cries 90% of the time - morning, night, whenever. My husband said that he has never encountered a cat as noisy as she is in all of his cat owning years. She doesn't cry when she is using the litter box, while eating or while playing, but otherwise, she just walks around crying. We play with her like crazy when we get home from work, and she eats at night before bedtime which I have heard may help cats sleep better, but the crying is worse/louder/more persistent at night. We had to put her in an enclosed bedroom at night to confine the crying so she isn't walking in our bedrooms doing it and waking us up anymore than she already is. My son keeps waking up in the night, crying b/c he is tired and she is crying so loudly!
What do we do? We have not had her spayed yet (we were planning on doing it next weekend - she is indoors), and I have heard that having her spayed may help the crying stop some, so I would like to spay her, but my hubby doesn't want to spend the $ on it if we aren't going to keep her (previous owner said that she would take her back if we decide not to keep her - previous owner didn't have any crying problems with
Could it be that she is still missing her "mom and siblings"? If so, how long before she will get used to not being with them? Could it be that she is not getting enough scratching in? We bought her a horizontal scratch pad, but she doesn't use it -the previous owner had a scratch post that she did use.
I just find it absolutely unbearable to constantly hear the noise - can hardly carry on a conversation with my hubby because of her continual cries. This, coupled with our family not getting any sleep is not making me very pleased with this kitten right now.
Answer by Kate
well there are several factors here. one yes i think having her spayed could well quiet her down as she is moving into the time when her calls may be for mating purposes.
Two it depends on her breed, some cats are just more vocal than others. Siamese for instance are very vocal.
Three she may still be finding her way around and the calling could be because she is anxious. This should decrease with time. Make sure she has plenty of things to keep her amused and distracted.
You are doing the right thing by feeding her at night as this will help to settle her down. Also try having a run around game with her about 20 minutes before you go to bed this can also help them to settle.
I would say that after she is spayed and has had more time to settle in that this crying will stop. Some cats just need more time to settle in thats all.
i have a page about keeping cats happy inside which you may find of further interesthttp://www.our-happy-cat.com/indoor-cats.html
best wishes Kate