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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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May bring home kitty today, should I put in safe room like u would a kitten?

Hi, sorry for all the questions, but you guys are great help. I'm getting nervous. She is 1 yr. old they think....I don't have any other animals in house. Should I put her in a "safe room" like u would with a small kitten until she gets use to the place or what?
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I would do that, yes. A move to a new home is scary and stressful for a kitty, and it can help them feel more secure not to be overwhelmed by the whole house all at once. After a few days of getting used to the smells and sounds of your house (and how to find her litterbox,) she'll feel more confident about exploring.

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Zenobi was around ten when I brought her home, Missy around eight. Both were turned loose at once to explore the house, both hid for about a day. First thing Zenobi did was to head for the litterbox after the scary ride home. I threw all doors, including closets open so there would be no worries about something nasty hiding.

In the long run I don't think it makes much difference.

Years ago in England we never bothered with all the fuss and kittens adjusted. Do whatever is the most convenient for you.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013, 12:11 PM
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When I brought Chloe home last week the only room I blocked off was my bedroom (since it was so messy...I just moved in last month, I'm still getting stuff sorted). I brought her in and let her out of her carrier and let her explore. She did go in to hiding for about 2 days, but eventually came out and has taken up residence on a shelf in my closet.

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You could do that, just so you don't overwhelm her with a big house right away. At least for one overnight. Then let her out to explore. Make sure she knows where the litter box is. All of my new cats explore for a couple hours or less then go back to their "room" and nap. I have a 2000sf two story house so sometimes it takes awhile to get the lay of the land. I usually keep the safe room set up (my husband's little used home office) with the litter box, and water for several days until I know kitty is aware where all the boxes and water bowls are located.

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It will depend on the cat. Some cats will want to explore everything right away, others may only want to hide under a bed the first while. I would set up a room preparing for either case, and if after a few hours it seems your new kitty wants out, go for it. Otherwise, it's best to be prepared and set up for the long haul, some cats will take weeks to adjust to just the single "safe room".


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