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PostSubject: New Kitten in the Household   Fri 03 Dec 2010, 16:36

Yorkshirerose kindly posted these tips from Vicky Halls' Cat Confidential book:

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Here are the steps she suggests to introducing a new kitten into the household.

* Put the kitten pen in rooms of least importance to resident cat first then moved throughout the house.

* Allow the kitten to exercise within the room when the other cat is not around.

* Feed new kitten and the esablished cat at the side of the pen - start with a large distance.

* Reduce the distance between the two cats by small amounts each day by moving the bowls closer.

* Exchange bedding between the two to allow them to become familiar with the others scent.

* Provide attention to the existing cat but do not exceed the amount that he or she finds enjoyable.

* Allow several weeks before opening the pen and letting the cats get to know each other.

* Keep a cushion or pillow handy to place between them just in case things do not go according to plan.

* Be patient - a bit of extra effort at the beginning can make a lifetime of difference to a realtionship.

The case that Vicky describes took 8 weeks until peace and harmony resumed in the house and she is a trained expert. So obviously it can take a while but definitely worth it.
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PostSubject: Re: New Kitten in the Household   Fri 03 Dec 2010, 18:15

Geat advice, and Vicky Hall's books come highly recommended by me yes
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PostSubject: Re: New Kitten in the Household   Fri 03 Dec 2010, 23:09

i am loving her books. it is the first one that i have read and i will certainly be looking for more.

Great tips too.
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