Well first off.... CONGRATS
on your new addition. He is adorable.
Defiantly change his food, go to an actual pet food store
(one that sells only food and supplies). Usually in a pet food store
the employees are knowledgeable and will help you find a good food. Of course do you research
Look for a food that is free
of grains, byproducts etc....
Purina, Science Diet, Iams = crap
(as well as foods you can get in the grocery store etc...)
You want yo be feeding him kitten food in till he is 12 months old and then make the gradual change to adult food.
If you have a good vet that is not sponsored by a food company its okay to trust their judgment on food, but again do your own research and talk to others.
Amadeus vet is holistic and advised against certain foods. She also noted that I should continue giving him meat as I have been doing.
Amadeus LOVES boiled chicken
(meat,hearts, giblets etc...) which are a great treat because they are free of preservatives
etc... It may be something you are interested in trying with Tigger.
When he starts coming around to you, I would suggest you start clipping his nails as soon as possible
so that you won't have trouble in the future. I started clipping Amadeus' nails when he was 2 months old and I can now do it with him contently watching (and a lot of the time looking uber adorable).
Its is best to keep him in a room for a few days to weeks, so that you won't have to hunt him down every time and it also helps cut down on accidents in the house since he will be right by his litter box.
Make sure you keep his litter box SUPER clean
all the time, scoop a couple times a day. This will keep the smell down and cats HATE using dirty litter boxes
and will start to go on the floor.
What type of litter box are you using (covered or uncovered)? And what type of litter?
I personally stay away from clay litters
which are dusty, can cause respiratory problems
and contain carcinogens
that affect you and your cat. Not to mention clay is terrible for the environment.
Using a natural litter might be a little more expensive
(depending on where you are) but its better for both of you.
I use Swheat litter with Amadeus which is a wheat based clumping litter.It works well, isn't too, too dusty and helps keep the smell down.
Other natural litters include those made form pine, aspen, soy etc... and chicken feed (although I have heard it makes the room smell like a chicken barn or something like that)
Make sure you get lots of toys and a good scratching post
. You want to make sure he has good behavior starting now.
Don't use you hands, feet or other body parts as toys. If he start to play with your hands move his attention to a toy.
Toys don't have to be expensive. Make your own and/or use what you have around the house
. Its easy to sew cat toys, and cats love to play with cardboard boxes (Amadeus enjoys ripping his), brown bags, tissues etc....
Good luck with your new kitty, and feel free to PM me if you need any information or help.