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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:00 pm 
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I'm hoping someone can explain to me about 'safe spaces' for a new kitten.

Next week I will bring home an 18 wk old Snow Seal lynx Point female. She has been reared in the house of the breeder and is apparently used to litterbox and scratching post etc, as well as being around humans and being handled.
That said, after reading in this and other forums, is it a good idea to put her in a small room alone for the first day or two? My flat is pretty small anyway (and I live alone), bathroom (6 m2) lounge/diner/kitchen (32 m2) and bedroom (12 m2). The easiest would be the bathroom...but is it a bit small? I am catproofing the flat as much as possible, tying up hanging curtain cords, hiding and taping up cables, removing small ornaments from shelves she could reach...etc..., although I have no doubt she will find something to knaw on...hahaha...
I have put the litter tray in the bathroom anyway, and have loads of toys, scratching posts, blankets, beds etc around the house for her.
Any advice would be welcome......

This is like waiting for the birth of a child..... :confused:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:45 pm 
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TusaraTiramisu wrote:
I'm hoping someone can explain to me about 'safe spaces' for a new kitten.

Next week I will bring home an 18 wk old Snow Seal lynx Point female. She has been reared in the house of the breeder and is apparently used to litterbox and scratching post etc, as well as being around humans and being handled.
That said, after reading in this and other forums, is it a good idea to put her in a small room alone for the first day or two? My flat is pretty small anyway (and I live alone), bathroom (6 m2) lounge/diner/kitchen (32 m2) and bedroom (12 m2). The easiest would be the bathroom...but is it a bit small? I am catproofing the flat as much as possible, tying up hanging curtain cords, hiding and taping up cables, removing small ornaments from shelves she could reach...etc..., although I have no doubt she will find something to knaw on...hahaha...
I have put the litter tray in the bathroom anyway, and have loads of toys, scratching posts, blankets, beds etc around the house for her.
Any advice would be welcome......

This is like waiting for the birth of a child..... :confused:


I think the bathroom will be fine for a short term safe room. As you live alone with no other animals and humans then you need first of all somewhere that she can get her bearings and know where the litter tray and her food is. Once she is fine with the litter tray you can let her explore room by room. The bathroom is good as she is unlikely to get into trouble there with electrics. Make sure she cannot bring stuff down on top of her, as failed jumping attempts can bring down heavy stuff. Being a Bengal she will probably master cupboards and being that bit older her jumping abilities may be pretty good too. I find that if you think of a problem area, the cat will too, so if you are in any doubt whether you should be doubly safe about any valuable stuff or dangerous stuff, then just do it, as no doubt if you have thought of it, she will too.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:32 pm 
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Alot of people do use the bathroom as a saferoom, for lack of a better place. Personally though, I think the bedroom would be better for several reasons. Firstly, there is no place for the kitten to hide in the bathroom (unless you specifically add something in there to create a hiding place). Secondly, there really isn't a good way for you to "visit" her in there in an nonthreatening way. And thirdly, once she gets enough courage to emerge from the hiding place, but is still very shy about the rest of the house, there is no place to explore or play in the bathroom.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:31 am 
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junglerose wrote:
I think the bathroom will be fine for a short term safe room. As you live alone with no other animals and humans then you need first of all somewhere that she can get her bearings and know where the litter tray and her food is. Once she is fine with the litter tray you can let her explore room by room. The bathroom is good as she is unlikely to get into trouble there with electrics. Make sure she cannot bring stuff down on top of her, as failed jumping attempts can bring down heavy stuff. Being a Bengal she will probably master cupboards and being that bit older her jumping abilities may be pretty good too. I find that if you think of a problem area, the cat will too, so if you are in any doubt whether you should be doubly safe about any valuable stuff or dangerous stuff, then just do it, as no doubt if you have thought of it, she will too.


Thanks, everywhere I look I see things where she could get into trouble.... :smile: The bathroom s pretty safe though although brinaj12 has a point...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:38 am 
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brianj12 wrote:
Alot of people do use the bathroom as a saferoom, for lack of a better place. Personally though, I think the bedroom would be better for several reasons. Firstly, there is no place for the kitten to hide in the bathroom (unless you specifically add something in there to create a hiding place). Secondly, there really isn't a good way for you to "visit" her in there in an nonthreatening way. And thirdly, once she gets enough courage to emerge from the hiding place, but is still very shy about the rest of the house, there is no place to explore or play in the bathroom.


Yes, I understand... interesting, Obviously I will need to enter the bathroom for my own needs, and this would be invading her space although I have a hidy hole for her there. The same goes for the bedroom really, but I would only need to enter at night to sleep so I guess it will be better for her maybe.

Thinking as I write, maybe the salon is best for her? Plenty of space to explore when she's ready (maybe too much?) and easy for me to work in the bedroom when I am at home...????? Although not as easy to isolate since entrance door, bathroom and bedroom all lead of from that space....

Do I close the door of her safe space when i am at home, or only when I am out of the flat?

Just how complicated can I make this new Bengal kitten thing.... hahaha :lol: :lol: :lol:

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The first bit on here has good info on what to use/do for a safe room.
I tend to agree with Brian, I'd go for a bedroom, just be aware that kittens can mistake doonas/duvets for litterboxes, so you might want to cover/remove any of those.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:24 am 
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TusaraTiramisu wrote:
Just how complicated can I make this new Bengal kitten thing.... hahaha :lol: :lol: :lol:


It's not really that complicated to be honest, especially with no other people or pets to worry about, and a small home. You bring your kitten home, and see how she reacts. If she is really scared, you help her by putting her in a secluded space where she can feel safe, preferably with a place to hide for awhile. If not, your only concern really is that she knows where her litterbox and food/water dishes are. In either case you need to work on the trust and fear thing by being non-threatening and supportive but not "pushy", and it should work out fine. All cats are different though. Some are "good to go" right from the start, others need weeks to establish trust and overcome fear.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:59 am 
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If she is scared or shy the bathroom would be great. If she is more adventurous, you can let her out beyond that. I always feel like I am being a total nuisance to a new cat by bring them to their food and litter every hour or so until I am sure that they know where they are going.

The other benefit to a safe room is that you can figure out pretty easily what kind of stuff they get into. Will she get into your cabinets? Try and eat cat litter? Love water? Eat your shower curtain? Not saying that she will do any of those things, but the sooner you can figure out what her favorite things to get into are, the sooner you can address those problems. It is easier to do that if you start small and then increase access on your terms.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:14 am 
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You will discover having a Bengal is like caring for a two-year old toddler who is curious about everything and loves to explore. A two-year-old will eventually grow up. Your Bengal will remain that age forever!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:09 am 
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Sherry wrote:
You will discover having a Bengal is like caring for a two-year old toddler who is curious about everything and loves to explore. A two-year-old will eventually grow up. Your Bengal will remain that age forever!


What a lovely comparison, and an awesome thought... :smile:

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