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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-03-2008, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Where in house to put new kitten?

I have just adopted a new baby from the county animal control center. I don't have her home yet as she is getting spayed. I already have 3 older cats.
Fat Cat- 15
Tinky- 12
Tigger-6

Tigger does not get along with the female cats so I have to keep him seperated. He has his own bedroom upstairs and splits his time between the master bedroom and his room all day/night until he goes out for the night. I once changed his room around and he got very upset.

Tinky has recently taken to a guest room that used to be a junk room until 2 months ago. She hangs out there 50% of the day while spending the rest of the time downstairs.

FatCat-lives downstairs in an open area space.

I have one other bedroom left but it's my husbands office and he has copiers and loud machines in there. Little room for kitten.

I have read that when introducing a new kitten to not take anything away from the resident cats. So where should I put the kitten? I'm out of rooms other than bathrooms but that sounds a little mean to put a kitten in. I was thinking of the guest room or Tinky's room since Tinky has rather recently taken to that room. Then again, I don't want Tinky to feel displaced. What do you all think? I could do the master bathroom which is pretty large but not a very "warm" environment. Plus, Tigger will be on the other side of the door wanting to go in and drink from the shower/sink/toilet.

I want the new kitten to blend into the family so don't want to upset resident cats in the process. Any ideas short of building another room onto my house, lol? How long to keep them seperated? It's been a long time since my cats were babies so I am rusty on the whole process but looking forward to it.

The new kitten is coming from the county Animal Control facility so will be terrified I am sure. She is 9 weeks old and has basically grown up in a cage at this place, since 5-6 weeks old. It's a horrible facility, dogs barking feet away from cat cages, cats euthanized in front of one another, etc. Real **** hole. Wish I could take more.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-03-2008, 11:26 PM
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I would put the new one in a quiet bathroom at first. Be sure to give the kitten a box or sleeping place where it can hide until it feels comfortable with people comeing in/out unexpectedly. Sometimes a cat carrier with a towel in it is good enough.

For play time, use Tinky's room with the door closed and Tinky out. This way, both will get used to the smells of each other and an intro can be done. I'm not sure how to get Fat-Cat involved in the process, but kittens are usually brave and adaptable. They don't get easily offended by repeated hisses directed at them.

Best of luck!
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