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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-13-2010, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Advice for Bringing home a 12-14wk old kitten.

Looks like we may be bringing home a 12-14wk old ragdoll kitten in 6-8weeks & I need advice on how to transition our new addition to our home.
Those of you with dogs, when do you let them meet? I've been reading and it seems most sites say to keep them separated for the first 1-2 days while the kitten gets use to its new surroundings and then let them meet, or let the kitten go up to the dog while the dog is crated or let the dog smell the kitten while it is safely in its carrier. Also, what do you do for the first few nights? I was thinking I might sleep in the living room the first few nights so I can make sure he transitions peacefully & knows exactly where to find me if he needs me. It's much easier for dogs because at night I just put them in their crate and then I'll sleep beside it the first couple nights but a Kitten - well I'm kind of clueless? lol

Xavier "our great dane" usually sleeps with us in our bedroom, but when I'm gone he goes into the laundry room. So the plan is to keep him up in the laundry room the first couple days & then slowly let them meet.

What about everything else.
I've read taking the kitten to their litter box FIRST THING when you get home is number one....
What else should I know?

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Re: Advice for Bringing home a 12-14wk old kitten.

Oh and we plan to take our kitty outside....We have a fenced in yard. For those of you that do take your kitties outside at what age is best to do so? We of course plan to use a harness and leash and start the harness/leash training asap but when is the best age. I'm guessing after 6months of age after they have their rabies and rest of their shots? I'm sure holding our kitten and taking him outside wont hurt anything, and kind of thinking that it might be okay to let him outside just in our yard since it is fenced in and no other cats or dogs can get back there....

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Re: Advice for Bringing home a 12-14wk old kitten.

I'm also curious to the responses of this post. I will be bringing a kitten home, too, but am still trying to figure out what the earliest (or best) age is to "take" it away from momma kitty (Don't mean to hijack thread, sorry.)


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Re: Advice for Bringing home a 12-14wk old kitten.

I dont know the dog part of your question but will try to address the other part.

here is a great website that a vet has given lots of great imformation

setting up base for your new kitten
http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...eforyournewcat

cat to dog intros

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...gintroductions

I would start right away doing harness training. They have harnesses that are like a shirt which a cat or kitten cant thrash its way out of.

A kitten ideally can be removed from its mother at 12 weeks. The kitten should be handled while it is with its mother so it is socialized to humans. If the kittens doesnt have a mother or isnt being socialized take it right away and start the process of socialization.
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Re: Advice for Bringing home a 12-14wk old kitten.

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A kitten ideally can be removed from its mother at 12 weeks. The kitten should be handled while it is with its mother so it is socialized to humans. If the kittens doesnt have a mother or isnt being socialized take it right away and start the process of socialization.
A person in my city is getting "rid" of her kittens at 7 weeks old. I knew that sounded too young....poor things. Unfortunately, not everyone is educated about these types of things.


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Re: Advice for Bringing home a 12-14wk old kitten.

your local vet or websites such as whiskas.ca will have helpful tips for bringing home kittens. or look for a website specific to the breed


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A kitten ideally can be removed from its mother at 12 weeks. The kitten should be handled while it is with its mother so it is socialized to humans. If the kittens doesnt have a mother or isnt being socialized take it right away and start the process of socialization.
A person in my city is getting "rid" of her kittens at 7 weeks old. I knew that sounded too young....poor things. Unfortunately, not everyone is educated about these types of things.
At that age they are too young to spay or neuter either. Plus wont have their shots. Lets hope they get loving homes who will make up for being away from their mom and they will get great care
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