My new ragdoll kitten, tentatively named Sampson, has been living in a small bedroom the past five days. I have not shut the door, but I stacked three gates so he can't get out when I'm not there to watch him. I always leave at least one gate at the bottom. That way he and my two Pug dogs can smell each other as Sampson is free hide around the corner as often as he wishes. The first day he was really scared, and even hid from me. By the second day, he was more friendly with me but still not eating very much. But since then has diet has increased a lot, he's eating well and he's very playful, just what I'd expect from me 13 week old kitten.
However, I have two Pug dogs Zorro and Yoda. They're both about nine years old, and basically owned me during that time, especially Zorro. Zorro is the alpha dog, and he clings to me like the proverbial puppy. If I spend any time with Sampson, he is at the gate whining, and sometimes even barking. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body, but his friendliness can be overwhelming. And he is already jealous if I give Sampson any time in his room.
I can't keep Sampson in the bedroom forever, though it will be his safe house. His litter box and food are in there as well as a cat tree that he just loves. When I stick my head around the corner, he usually just me a bright look while laying on top of the cat tree. But I want Sampson to eventually become part of the family. And I think I'm pretty close to making the introduction in the next day or two. I've been told to put the dogs on a leash, and tie them to a spot in the house, and then bring the kitty to them and let them sniff.
Once the kitty is turned loose without the dogs being tethered, I expect him to run and hide under furniture etc. And that is okay, but I hope that he doesn't head out the pet door. (I discussed that in a different thread.) I've also thought of getting a pet locator collar on him so I could find out where he is in the house or outside of the house if that ever happens. I expect a lengthy break-in period and simply want to be able to keep tabs on the little guy.
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