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New kitty is home

ancientgirl
May 20th, 2007, 01:09 PM
I brought home my new kitty Oksana this past Monday. I was thrilled, but I knew that getting Vlad, my first kitty acquainted with her would not be easy.

I spent a good part of the week, putting Oksana in the living room in her carrier in the evening, and then letting her out for a few minutes each night.

Vlad immediately went for her, and began biting and swatting at her. I decided that this weekend, I would allow both of them to roam free around my apartment. It hasn't been easy, but I think some small bit of progress is being made.

They fight still, but I did notice that when Oksana isn't in sight, Vlad goes looking for her, and vice versa. She's also gone after him a few times. I think they're playing, but its the biting and rough play that scares me. It doesn't seem like Vlad is hurting her, at least not badly. Several times I've separated them, and check Oksana. She's not bleeding, and when I let her go she goes looking for him again.

He seems to be hoarding his toys, but I try to play with her with them as much as possible. Last night when I went to bed, they both were sleeping alongside each other with no problem. But I had to separate them in the middle of the night.

I'm wondering if I should leave them both out to roam around together, or if I should keep them separated while I'm at work. While I don't want Oksana to get hurt, her being so much smaller than Vlad, I do feel they need to be together. I feel if I separate them during the day, I'll be taking two steps back.

One thing I've noticed about here, is I think she's going to be more of a lap kitty than Vlad. He'll come for petting, but once he's had enough, he'll go. She just stays and wants to be on my lap.

I guess I'll see how things go tonight.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of her. I had to put Vlad's old collar on her, because I couldn't find any small ones at the pet store when I went. He's now wearing a green one.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/ancientgirl/Oksana/IMG_0267.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/ancientgirl/Oksana/IMG_0258.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/ancientgirl/Oksana/IMG_0273.jpg

Here she is watching Vlad play.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/ancientgirl/Oksana/IMG_0262.jpg

Here they're both sleeping.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/ancientgirl/Oksana/IMG_0285.jpg

I love them both so much.:lovestruck:

RolandsMom
May 20th, 2007, 01:18 PM
ohh :lovestruck: how sweet. they probably are playing more than anything else. i would say if they sleep together so nicely things will come round and they will be the best of friends soon! as fr leaving them together when you are not there, not so sure. i dont really know.
they are gorgeous kitties! congrats on the new addition!

ancientgirl
May 20th, 2007, 01:32 PM
Thank you. They really are just wonderful.

I'm just really confused about what to do tomorrow. She does have a few spots where she can hide from him, so...

RolandsMom
May 20th, 2007, 01:43 PM
maybe for the first day seperate them until you are sure that they wont hurt each other. im pretty sure there is another post about the same thing. i will try to find it...

RolandsMom
May 20th, 2007, 01:46 PM
http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=37749&highlight=introducing+kitten+cat

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=35149&highlight=introducing+kitten+cat
there are a few if you do a search and put in "introducing new kitten to other cat"

ancientgirl
May 20th, 2007, 01:59 PM
Hmm... I'll keep her in my room during the day then, at least for another week. I can let them roam around together in the evening.

I did notice that during their chasing, she went to his food bowl and began eating from it. He stopped and stood behind her but never bothered her. He even tried to get some food himself, but mainly just let her eat and drink from his bowl. And he does lick her in between fighting.

At least I feel they're interested in each other.

RolandsMom
May 20th, 2007, 02:04 PM
they are proabably just doing the normal kitten playing but maybe Vlad doesnt realise how much bigger he is. i dont think its even going to take a week! sounds like they are almost friends already. keep us posted!

ancientgirl
May 20th, 2007, 02:27 PM
they are proabably just doing the normal kitten playing but maybe Vlad doesnt realise how much bigger he is. i dont think its even going to take a week! sounds like they are almost friends already. keep us posted!

I'm thinking the same. I just think he sees her as a playmate, and she sees him the same way. But he really probably doesn't realize she's not as big as him.

I'll certainly keep you posted . Thanks for the links, and advice.

hazelrunpack
May 20th, 2007, 10:54 PM
I'm a dog person, so no experience with kitten play, but pups of different ages are the same way. It looks like blood-letting is imminent, but they just keep going back for more fun! (It's the Humans who are nervous wrecks! :D)

She sure is a cutey, though! Such a little innocent face. :cloud9:

clm
May 21st, 2007, 01:20 AM
Too cute. I love black cats and have 2 myself :D You just have to be careful unti the kitten is fast enough to get away from the bigger cat. Another couple of weeks you'll see a big difference. We used to keep new kittens in their own room when we weren't around and for overnight, and when we were home, kept a watchful eye over the interactions with the other cats until before you knew it, it was one big happy family....who all wake up to play after we've gone to bed :p

Hazel, thanks for the info on a younger pup with an older one. I have a new pup coming the end of June and it'll be 8 weeks younger than my current pup so I'll have one 16 weeks and one 8 weeks. I'm already worried about it. Never had 2 at the same time before and the age and size difference worries me.

Cindy

ancientgirl
May 21st, 2007, 09:28 AM
Ah, so pups are the same. It seems they're similar in their interactions at that age then.

I have noticed she manages to get away from him and ducks into a few places he's outgrown.

They eat out of each other's bowls, and when he sees her eating out of his bowl, he'll just watch her and not do anything. He also sometimes just sits there and watches her play. A few times I've also noticed he'll pounce on her but then start licking her, and only start nipping at her when she starts to complain.

I think I made some good progress this weekend. Hopefully by the end of the week, he'll get the picture that she's not going to play with him if he's too rough.