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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-07-2011, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of new kitty

Hello! I have a 2 yr old male DSH and I'm thinking about adopting a rescue kitten. I'm going to be posting this question in another forum but here goes. I am comfortable leaving my 2 yr old cat alone overnight or for a max of 36 hours. Anymore than that and he's had someone here. My application to adopt a kitten was approved by a local rescue organization and I met a kitten today I had my eye on. She's an adorable gray DLH/Maine Coon mix. I'm struggling with whether I should go through with the adoption or not though. My reason is that the weekend of June 11th (from around noon Saturday to around 6 Sunday) she would have to be left alone with my other cat since my roommate and I are both gone. At this rate I would have had the kitten for about 3 weeks and it would be about 12 weeks old. I was a really nervous kitty parent the first go around and I'm just concerned that it's too early to have her be alone in the house for 24+ hours. There's a slight chance I can get someone to check in on her but the chance is only slight. I was hoping some more experienced cat owners could give me some advice. I also have a long (week and half) vaca in July but my roommate will be here the whole time to care for the current cat and potential new kitten. I really fell for this little lady but should I perhaps wait until later in the summer when I'm not going anywhere? Silly question, but cats are still having kittens later in the summer, right? Thanks!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-07-2011, 11:31 PM
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Hi Robin!

As early as 3 weeks of introduction, unless it is a special case, I would never leave my older cats with new kittens alone without supervision. After all the early stages of the introduction process, and when they're finally getting along with no major trouble, I leave the new one free to walk around the house while I'm there with them to keep a close look, but at nights or when I have to leave the house I always leave the new one in his/her "safe room". When I'm absolutely positive no harm will be done to the little one, they are ready to live all together in harmony

So, do you have a safe room where you can leave the new one (with her own litter box, food and water, of course)?

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-07-2011, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Lenkolas! I could and would either have my room as a safe room with all the essentials or a large bathroom upstairs. It's just such a hard decision to make because this little kitty grabbed my heart. But, I guess I should be reasonable and responsible and think that if I'm away from time to time early this summer I should just wait to rescue one when things calm down.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-08-2011, 12:32 AM
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Introductions are usually smooth and quick with kittens, and after 3 weeks together, I think they could be left alone overnight.

If not, being left alone separately with food and water should be fine.

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