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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-30-2005, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a very large male neutered indoor cat at home and I want to adopt a new kitten that is 3 weeks old. I have the choice of male or female. Which one do you think my cat at home would adapt to the best? He is of course very jealous and is not used to having any other animals in the house. The reason the kittens are just 3 weeks old is because their mother abandoned them. I am considering adopting one from a lady i work with. Any suggestions on which one i should take, or what to do about feeding will be helpful. Thank you. I honestly would not take one if it is going to make my indoor cat at home unhappy.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-30-2005, 12:56 PM
 
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Hey there, that sounds exciting! I'm guessing a 3-week-old would need a bottle to be fed? And do you know for sure that your big boy doesn't like other cats? If so, I would definitely keep them separated until the kitten is at least 8 or 10 weeks old, and then only have them together when supervised.

Our big boy Frodo was happy as a clam when we adopted Xander two years ago. But he has been raised with other cats and has never shown any aggression to any, even ones he sees out the window...

I personally recommend getting a boy. In my experience, boys get along better with other cats than girls. My two boys love each other, but the girls aren't quite as cuddly with each other or the boys. However, that's just my opinion...

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I agree with Kristi about getting a boy. In my own experience, the boy cats I have had have been more cuddley....

When you do finally let the kitten and your cat be together, I'm sure there will be some anger from the both of them but don't let this discourage you. Whatever you do, don't keep them away from eachother forever. They'll take it upon themselves to eventually accept eachtoher. Most cats do...although might be a little longer than others. Good luck!
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As Kristie suggested, I would keep that tiny baby isolated from your older cat until it is older. I find that kittens want to pounce and play with the older cat, sometimes beyond the patience of the older cat. It is really good for the kitten to interact with the older cat, as it will have missed that play with its littermates.

Introduce them gradually, exchanging their bedding, and with each cat having a drop of vanilla on the back of its neck. That way they'll both have the same scent, and feel more comfortable with each other more quickly. I haven't had a lot of problems with mine. Only one cat in all the years I've had cats! Thank you for taking care of the kitten. I'm sure you know to hold the kitten upright for feeding, but I'll remind you anyway!




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I'd say it's a toss-up as to which gender. But do be careful until you see how the big boy reacts to the kitten. If his play is too rough, the kitten could get hurt.
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I've read many cat books/articles online before I got my cat, and many of them said the same thing, and that is to get the same gender of the same cat that currently resides with you. So since you have a male, that's probably best.
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At three weeks, you could use any one of these formulas, or buy formula.

https://www.catforum.com/viewtopic.php?t ... s&start=15

Right now, you could use a bottle, but also present a small pan, and dip your finger in the milk and put it to their mouths. They'll learn quickly that the easier way to eat is to lick it out of the pan themselves.
You can simplify that in another week and a half or so, because they'll start to be interested in pureed meat. (Gerber's baby food- then pureed canned cat food.)

You'll be surprised at the mess they make when you start presenting the pureed food. Teach them the same way you teach them how to drink milk from a pan. (Bowls tip too easily)




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Since there's more than one kitten being hand-reared, it really would be best if they stayed together for a while yet, so the best thing would be if the person rearing them kept them together for another 4 weeks or so, really. This way, they will at least gain some socialisation and life lessons from each other. I have reared many kittens, both lone and whole litters,and the ones who got to grow up with their siblings turned out far better adjusted.

Good luck, and please keep us updated with pics!
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From my experiences it would be best if you'd get a male kitty.
And I agree with Jeanie about also using the pen. I was having a lot of problems with the bottle, I almost gave up on one but then I tried dipping my finger into the milk formula and the kitty was more pleased with this.
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oh no!!!!! i thought i had chosen a boy because thats what someone told me it was.. i couldnt tell at 3 weeks. However, after a close inspection i think i have got a girl. I really hope this doesnt throw a wrench into their chemistry. Besides.. my 5 year old cat won't even come in the living room now with the little one around. I hope I havent made a mistake here. But good news is, the little one is eating canned cat food covered with pet replacement milk.
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