Thursday, 27 August 2015

Introducing Your Pets To A New Kitten - Week #2

Last Thursday, I shared our newest rescue addition to my pack - Robbi the kitten. I decided to start a weekly series on properly introducing a new kitten into a home with other pets. If you missed week #1, you can catch up here. There, you can also learn why we decided to name our new kitten Robbi, and exactly why she has special meaning to us.


When we left off, Robbi the kitten was not getting much interaction with our other animals, as we had to worm her, and we wanted our huskies and other 2 cats, to get used to having her scent in the house before we went further. Plus, with Siberian Huskies having such a high prey drive, proper introduction of a small animal into our home, is very important. The idea is to help them see her as part of our family, part of our pack. Since last week, we have been allowing more small, supervised moments of interaction between all of our pets.

Introducing Your Pets To A New Kitten

Mika has been very laid back, relaxed, and basically just her usual self. Robbi sat down beside her on the couch, and they stayed together like this for quite a while.

Introducing Your Pets To A New Kitten

Koda on the other hand is excited to see her. He is the one I am most cautious with, due to the fact he is the youngest, and the most hyper of the bunch. She is so tiny, that just one stomp of a paw, or play too rough could really harm her. Luckily, I have worked hard on Koda's "leave it," and "calm" commands, so the introduction went better than I expected. He stayed where he was, and allowed Robbi to smell him, and even sit next to him.

Introducing Your Pets To A New Kitten

Lexus has surprised me. She has completely taken on a motherly type role with little Robbi. I thought it would be Mika that would have more of a mother instinct, but Lexus absolutely loves this kitten. They snuggled, loved, licked, and slept together. And poor little Robbi even tried to get some milk from Lexus! With no such luck...

Introducing Your Pets To A New Kitten

The funniest part was, Lexus let her! I did stop it, but I had to snap a photo first! I am so proud of my huskies, they are doing great with her. I can see that they sense how small she is, and that they need to be gentle with her. That being said, I am still taking baby steps, and approaching this very slowly. I want everyone to be comfortable with each other, and so far, it has been working wonderfully. My hope is that in the next couple weeks, little Robbi will be able to have the run of the house with the rest of my pack.

Stay tuned next week, for another update on introducing your pets to a new kitten.

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34 comments:

  1. The new kitty is so cute! <3 That's awesome that all the pups get along with her so well!

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  2. Wow - the huskies are wonderful! What a super shot of the milking :D

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  3. That kitten is the cutest. I'm glad they're getting along well.

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  4. Once again, great and vital tips!

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  5. Glad everyone is getting along well together. We have a high prey drive too, but we seem to know when an animal is family and they we turn that off.

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    1. That's great that you guys can do that!

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  6. I love how cautious and considerate you are being, you are just brilliant!
    I think that Robbi is going to be romping and playing with them and your huskies are always going to be protective of Robbi, which I love!
    The photo trying to get milk is too funny!
    xoox
    DakotasDen

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  7. Glad it is all working for you. Very cute!

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  8. Mum got Sixpence and Tigger III as tiny kittens when she had Cody. Cody was used to the cats mum had before, so it was a very easy intro!! HOWEVER, after Cody went to the Bridge and mum brought me home, it was a little scary FOR ME!!! The kitties kept trying to stare me down and corner me. I was 80 lbs at the time (I have since gone down to 70 lbs) so I was a bit nervous around these little furries. But now they are used to me (after a whole year, bol-mol) and we are used to each other. I am not scared of them any more and they don't corner me and stare me down!!

    ttfn and toodle pip

    Cookie

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    1. I'm glad to hear everything has worked out!

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  9. We're so glad it's going so well for Robbi with the dogs! This encourages me for Luke if we ever wanted to get another cat. He seems to have a high prey drive too, and that concerned me. It's good to know that if you do it properly, you can get them over that with a new family member.
    Jan & the crew, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. I think the main thing is scent. Koda reeeeeeeeeally wants to smell her, but he is so rough and hyper that her tiny size scares me, so I have just be slowly slowly allowing him to be a little closer, and day after day he is getting more used to her scent, so he is less excited when I bring her out.

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  10. This are some cute photos and great tips :)

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  11. You are doing a great job with this. It sounds like you have a real handle on all your dogs and understand how important it is to make Robbi part of the family. :-)

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    1. Thanks. I do try. My huskies and my other cats have such a great relationship that I really want to keep it going with the new kitten.

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  12. That is so awesome. I have a distinct feeling that would not be the scenario around here! BOL!

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  13. Such cute pictures! Glad to see they are making friends!

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  14. oh my gosh they are getting along so well

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