I think we’ve found two kittens - the choice was kind of dizzying and there were cats ranging from five months and nine weeks. To be honest, we wanted to get them out of a house that was filled with smokers and hadn’t been cleaned in a long long time. (The one good thing is they had one o’them…
bead-bead I’m reblogging simply because I don’t think there is enough character space in an ask/fan mail thing.
At 9 weeks, the kittens should be self-sufficient, and were weaning off mom. Since you have them now, that will be even easier, because they won’t have her to go back to and bother. (Eventually she’d have been more forceful, but we aren’t worried about that now)
If they won’t eat kibble, use moist food, possibly with a little cat milk in it, not cow because the lactose/sugars disagree with a lot of cats (being lactose intolerant). Though you can see if they’ll drink the cow milk, certainly cheaper, just be warned if it disagrees with them, you might have accidents. Speaking of toilet training, they should know what a litter box is, and how to use it. Try to use the same substrate (material) as they were getting in the other place, it’s less confusing. You can switch, and some kittens switch easier than others.
Toys are a must, they will begin teething in another couple of months and will try to nom everything. If initial start up money is a thing, the best toys are bottle caps (off 20oz or so bottles), wads of paper, string (ALWAYS supervised), and bits of fabric (can be stuffed and sewn up to give them something to throw around). Google for your area, and see about low cost spay/neuter programs, and get that on the calendar sooner rather than later. They are okay for that surgery now. They’ll also need their shots, and at this age, there is a series of boosters, plus a 1 year rabies vax. The low cost clinic can do the rabies at least, and probably the regular core vax (http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2143&aid=951 - seemed like a helpful looking website).
Give them something to scratch at, or the furniture is the target - even a sheet of cardboard will do. This is a hunting/scent marking thing, and helps their claws stay sharp! (also invest in clippers, but be careful trimming, it gets more difficult to do as they age) A cat ‘tree’ or ‘tower’ gives them the ability to climb, which is another cat behavior that they appreciate. Otherwise you’ll have climbers! (curtains, cabinets, etc)
I can’t think of anything else off the top of my head, but feel free to contact me (here, or I can send my email) if you have other questions.