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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Introducing Your Pets To A New Kitten - Week #1

Introducing Your Pets To A New Kitten
There is a question which arises so often here in the online pet world, "how do I introduce my dogs to a new cat?" Most of you know, we have recently rescued a 5 - 7 week old kitten, which made her way into our hearts, from the streets. If you missed that post, you can catch up here. So, I thought now would be a great time to take you all on a journey with me, while I introduce Robbi (our kitten) into our home. #CatsAndDogs




This is a new experience for me. I have always had cats in my house, so the introduction has always come when I brought a new dog into my home. The cats were always there first, which makes things a lot easier when it comes to introducing them. So, since this is new for me, I have decided to provide updates on our progress. As of now, there is very little interaction between my pets and the new kitten. I have to get her in to the vets for vaccines, and a de worming before I can let them fully interact. I have to remember, that she did come from the street, and may have worms. In the photo above, Robbi the kitten, is inside the cat carrier, while Koda and Kiki were lying beside the crate, just sort of sniffing things out. The reason for that is, I want my other pets to take in her scent, and allow her to get used to them as well.


kittens and kids

Robbi is currently staying in a bedroom. I go in and spend lots of time with her, feed her, handle her, anything to help her realize that she is safe, and in good hands. She has already come a long way in just 2 days. She is becoming very interactive with me and my hubby, so I decided to bring my daughters in the room for a little bit as well. My youngest daughter laid down to watch little Robbi eat her food, and what happened next was so priceless. As you can see in the photo above, Robbi crept her way over to my daughter to inspect her. I have taught my kids a lot about how to handle and treat animals, so she knew just to lay still, and let the kitten give her a little sniff.

The huskies will often go to the door, and sniff the bottom of it, while she is on the other side sniffing at their noses. For now, it will be a slow and steady process. I will take every precaution necessary, to make sure this kitten will be safe and sound, by taking these baby steps, and a slow introduction, I know I am on the right path. It will take time, but will be so worth it in the end.

Stay tuned for next weeks update on our progress.


The Sibe Tribe Would Love To Know:
Do you have any tips to add about introducing a kitten to a family of pets?

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37 comments:

  1. Great post! Your furkids are so cute! Congrats on the new baby!

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  2. Yes, Congratulations on your new little one!! I miss my kitties!!

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  3. Good advice! Congratulations on your new addition!

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  4. Like you, I only have experience introducing a young cat to a dog when the cat was there first, but I know that one of the most tried and true methods is SMELL.
    Rub the dog's scent on a towel or cloth and put it on the kitten.....the kitten will smell like the dogs and that should help! I know it sounds crazy but it works.

    DakotasDen

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    1. I have never heard this, Caren, what a great tip! I wonder if this would work as well when our cat Sam has snuck outdoors or gone to the vet and comes in smelling funny. Sometimes that riles the dogs up and we have to keep them separated for a while.

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  5. Robbi is so young. Do you think this makes it easier for him to adapt to the dogs?

    I'll be watching this introduction closely. I'd love to get a boat cat to keep Honey company. But I've never had a cat before and I'm hesitant to take on a new species learning curve.

    So don't be nervous. But the world is watching. :)

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    1. Yes, I think it makes it much easier because she is so young. In think it will be tougher for the dogs than it will be for her. I will be sure to keep you updated!

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  6. Like you, I have always done it the other ways, brought cats to the dogs world. Best of luck!

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  7. Sounds like you're doing a great job! Seems to me that every situation is different so there is no right or wrong. I'm sure it will go just fine because you all care.

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  8. Glad the introductions are going slowly and well.

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  9. Good luck to the new little one. My mom just tosses us all in together and we sort it out, but we know to be nice to cats and the cats can always hide easily if they need to.We are all pretty mellow about new pets coming into our house. Your little one is so cute!

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  10. Great post! Our kitty was here before all of us so this is great info just incase mom wants to get us a new kitty! ;)

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    1. Wonderful!!!! I will provide weekly updates!!

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  11. Aw, congrats on your new kitty. What a sweetie! Great and very helpful post!

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  12. What a sweetie! it's so good to introduce them slowly and we know it will be a great outcome!

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    1. It really is important to take baby steps to provide a great relationship for them all in the future!

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  13. I am sure that you will have Robbi hanging with the big dogs in no time at all! BOL!

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  14. Congrats on your newest member of the family. It sounds like you're doing great by taking it slow and hopefully Robbi will feel comfortable hanging out with the rest of the gang soon. :)

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  15. My cat was living with me first before I got Bain, she is now 8 years old. She has always been shy since the day I got her, and she doesn't really like Bain still but puts up with him. It's hard to tell how they'd really interact if she was out and about more often around the house, I believe he'd do really well with a confident cat.

    Congratulations on a new furry family member! It takes so much for me to not get another cat, lol.

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    1. Thanks so much! We had no intentions on getting any other cats, we already have 2, but she was a sign, and we needed her as much as she needed us. :)

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  16. We haven't added a cat for quite a while now, but that is exactly how we did it last time we did. It looks like Robbi is adapting well to people, hope it goes as well with all the pets too!
    Jan & the crew at Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Thanks Jan, I think she will do great!

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  17. omg, a kitty congrats and great post on the introduction, enjoy the journey.

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  18. It looks like the kitty has grown too!

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    1. Yep, she is already starting to grow :)

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