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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Advise on cats.

My mum is a huge Cat lover, and has hinted that she would like 2 kittens for christmas, so thats what im going to get here.

Thing is, we already have 2 Cats, a boy and a girl (brother and sister) aged 7.
my concern is that the older cats will hurt or even kill the kittens because its there home.

any advise on what i can do to prevent this from happening?

might be worth me saying that the Male cat age 7 has had this balls off.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 02:34 PM
 
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Re: Advise on cats.

if you google;
new cat acclimation
or
introducing A New Cat
you'll find tons of articles on the subject.

If your Mom already has 2 cats,
I strongly recommend you don't
surprise anyone with 2 more kittens.
some people are nostalgic for when
their cats were kittens - that does
not mean they want even more cats.

Please discuss this with her before
hand. This is much better than
trapping her into a care commitment
she may not be prepared to make.
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Re: Advise on cats.

I second petspy's advice.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 08:18 PM
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Re: Advise on cats.

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My mum is a huge Cat lover, and has hinted that she would like 2 kittens for christmas...
I agree. DO talk with your Mom first and find out for certain that she does want a pair of kittens. If she does, offer to get them for her but tell her she needs to be part of the selection process so she can choose two who will be most compatible for her and that she feels will blend well with the two established adult cats.

Cat introductions usually go fairly well and smoothly when done slowly and correctly.
I feel intro-ing kittens to adult cats goes easier than intro-ing adults to adults. Kittens have a built-in cuteness factor and most adult cats tolerate them much better than other new adult cats. Kittens also don't really understand or pay much attention to the initial 'get away from me' hisses, looks and swats of an adult cat. Kittens think EVERYONE loves them and wants to play with them, so they keep trying...and usually, eventually, the adult cats give in and accept them.

Best of luck,
Heidi



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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 08:35 PM
 
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Re: Advise on cats.

Personally, if I wanted two kittens for Christmas, I'd rather have the surprise be maybe some cat toys with the promise of two kittens that I got to pick out myself. That way I could look forward to getting them. I would always want to pick out my own cat or dog.
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