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Introducting new cat to home?

Bearsmom
March 21st, 2008, 07:40 AM
Hey, everyone. Well, we're adopting a kitten (4 months old) from the SPCA here. Juuust wondering, since Bear is very used to cats, what's the best way to actually physically bring the cat into the house? (she was fostered with a dog already) Do we leave her in her crate with the door closed until she's used to the smells? Do we just let her loose? What?

PS We're waiting for approval, but I wanted to get the advice before she comes home.

Frenchy
March 21st, 2008, 09:15 AM
Congratulation on the adoption Bearsmom !

I found it easier to get a cat into a dog household than when there's already another cat. What I did with Monsieur le chat was , I got in the house , let the dogs smell the carrier (they were older dogs so they didn't get over excited) I let out the cat but kept him in the guest bedroom. After a few hours , I opened the door just a tiny bit. He got out and explore the house and voila ! My dogs didn't chase him because Monsieur le chat just went up to them. It was very easy and I hope it will be the same for you ! :fingerscr

Keep us posted and you know ... post a picture of the newbie when he gets to your place :D

jessi76
March 21st, 2008, 09:19 AM
I wouldn't let her loose... could be some unexpected caos and/or a very scared kitten...

I would put 2 towels or blankets in the crate for the ride home. when home, take one out and let Bear smell it. leaving the kitten safely in the closed crate. once he gets a chance to fully investigate the new scent, let him smell the closed crate. see how both act/react to each other.

If the initial intro goes smoothly, I'd let them have ample time together, supervised, and when not supervised, I'd probably try to keep the kitten in a secure area just to be on the safe side.

good luck on the approval!! and we expect to see pics of this new addition! :)

Love4himies
March 21st, 2008, 10:31 AM
Ditto on jesse's advice. The kitten is going to be very scared and would like to be in its own room to get aquainted with the new smells and you.

RUSTYcat
March 21st, 2008, 04:31 PM
Some things to do beforehand
http://cats.about.com/cs/catmanagement101/a/catproof.htm

An example of what might happen (which, if you catproof properly, is preventable) can be found here http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=48967

This should laso help
http://www.cats.org.uk/catcare/leaflets/EG02-Welcomehome.pdf

Bearsmom
March 25th, 2008, 05:02 PM
Thanks everyone for the great advice.

Well, just got news today that we've been approved and Zelda the wonder cat comes home Monday (she's going to get fixed tomorrow) YAY!