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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-06-2005, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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need advice about cat with other animals (not dogs)

hi, my husband called me this morning to tell me a co-worker found a kitten on the way into work and he wants to bring it home. Fine by me I love kittys, although we don't have any currently. However we do have a litter box trained house rabbit and a tame cockatiel that i handraised myself. Any ideas or info on how they will all interact together, or what i should do to keep everyone safe and make sure everyone still gets attention and "out time"? Will i be able to teach the cat to be good with the other animals because its a kitten? Will it always want to eat the bird? will it see the house rabbit like another cat? anyone with similar experiences?
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No experience with birds, but I do have two house bunnies

It's great if you get a cat while it is still young to bond with the rabbits, but at that age kittens are developing their skills through play.

Stalking, chasing, grabbing, wrestling - kittens have tons of energy and their focus is usually on bringing down their "prey". As an only kitten, your cat won't have any littermates to beat up on , so you'll want some interactive prey-type toys for him to hone those skills on, as opposed to your bunny.

Not to say that a kitten can't learn to be gentle and affectionate with rabbits, most can, but interactions should be closely monitered, with the rabbits having a cat-free place to escape to, and the kitty having a fair amount of extra play time.

I had a litter of foster kittens that got along fabulously with our two bunnies, and two of those kittens still live with us , I'm definately an advocate of bonding cats and rabbits, I think you will likely have great success.

If you have any more specific questions, I'd be glad to help

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O think you'll always have to watch the bird.


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