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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-12-2008, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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Introducing a new kitten to your home

Tonight (with any luck) I'll be picking up 2 kittens.

My plan is to keep them both confined to the bathroom (largish room) with their food, water, bed, scratching pole and litter tray until they get used to me being around. (They are barn kits, and semi-feral)

I have an open-plan house, with the kitchen-, dining- and living areas all in one large "L" shape, so it's very hard to divide the area up. Of course, I'm trying to make the place kit friendly until they are a bit older.

When should I be able to allow them to explore the rest of the house? I had planned on interacting with them in the bathroom for a while, but would it be OK to allow them supervised access to the rest of the house then place them back in the bathroom overnight etc.

I have no other pets, and I'll be taking the littlies to the vet for a check-up and vacs as soon as I can get an appointment with an English-speaking vet.
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I think having them in the bathroom until they start getting used to the whole being in the house thing. I think you will know when they are ready for more roaming time. Putting them to bed in the bathroom so that they will be safe when you can't be watching them is a great idea.


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ShadowCatCH3 check with your vet when it is safe to expose your kittens to the other cats you have. If they are still sneezing from UR it might still be contagious. Believe me you dont want that making the rounds.

Casy76 how old are your kittens?
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Unless the kittens are having diahrea I cant think of anything they could pass on to your others in the cat boxes. sounds like the kittens are thriving in your care. I think you have a good plan going.

Im not sure how far you want to take it to get them in tip top shape but thought Id suggest this. Our vet for our rescue, who has worked in shelter situations swears by Vetri-DMG liquid. its a vitamin boost that supports the immune system. UR is rampant in most shelter situations.

I have had two very sick siamese kittens we rescued. The mom has the UR and passed it on to two of them. One had really bad goopy eyes. I used Teramyacin first and it stopped the goop but the eyes looked very sick & pink. I started them on the Vetri-DMG Liquid and saw immediate results. Im now a firm beleiver. Its expensive though but you can buy it on the internet.
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