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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
When introducing a new kitten into a home with other pets, take baby steps, and make the introduction slow and comfortable for everyone.— Jenna Drady (@HuskyCrazed) August 27, 2015
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