Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Thanks for taking in all the kittens and momacat and giving them a home. I would keep the kittens isolated in your upstairs room until they are about 12 weeks old....when they are more interested in running around and wrestling and playing with their litter mates, and are eating well on food rather than just nursing. When they get to that stage I would introduce them one at a time to your downstairs cats. You can smooth the introduction by getting a clean cloth or small towel and rubbing it all over the head, especially the scent glands on side of their mouth and cheeks, of your "downstairs pair", then rubbing the towel all over the kitty you want to introduce. Sit in the middle of the floor with kitty in your lap and try to seduce your pair into playing with a cord you drag around and over your lap, or with a wand toy. This will work better, if you do this with the upstairs kittens, so then they're familiar with game. If things are going well, always end the play on a good note, and have a few treats as a reward. Then gradually add, another kitten, until you have all four of them playing with the downstairs pair. After the kitties have grown more, and momacat has weaned them she likely won't be as protective as she would be if you introduce her too early to your two males. Eventually let momacat join the group after after the kittens are keen to play and your pair are enjoying it too. Don't rush it as this could take a few weeks or months. It may be that one of your cats may not like the group play, but they are still young, especially the 8 mo. old one. It's worth a try to see if you can create some harmony amongst them all.....the goal being that they can be together downstairs and comfortable with each other. All the best!
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Last edited by catloverami; 06-24-2018 at 03:53 PM.