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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:16 am 
Hi all,

Can anyone give some advice on settling in a couple of new arrivals when you first bring them home?

I've seen all the advice about keeping them in one room - but how long before you let them explore? How do you go about introducing them to the rest of your home without worrying about them getting "lost"?! There's got to be a happy medium where they can explore without me being a nervous wreck :lol:

I wouldn't have said we have a big house but it will seem very large to two kittens. Whilst I'll want to give them room to explore (when they've got over the trauma of leaving their old home) I don't want to stress them by letting them explore but not be able to find their way back to their bed/food/water/litter tray (especially the latter!). I know I need to keep an eye on them but don't want to be standing over their every move as this will just intimidate them!

We also work quite long hours and I would fret about them hurting themselves if they had the run of the house while we weren't at home (but also don't want them clawing the carpets and doors to get out if we leave them in one room)

What have other people done? (please don't tell me you put a litter tray in every room in the house - I won't be able to cope!).


Thanks in advance

Teresa


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:17 pm 
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Hi Teresa,

I have just recently homed 3 bengal kitties (Lubo around 5 weeks ago and the Lenny and Loki on Monday past). I have found that keeping them in a small room only works for the first few days - as bengals they are naturally curious and want to explore fairly quickly.

I have opened up my home a bit at a time to the kitties - I'm quite lucky in terms of layout and number of doors. When no-one is home I do restrict them to their room and the hallway and stairs - not so much from the perspective of ripping up my carpets but just in case something is not quite bengal proofed. :D

I am working on the basis that the older they get, the happier I will be to open up my home. When I am in the evening the have the run of the house and from this weekend onwards plan to also use the enclosure I have built for them outdoors.

Not sure if you have any more cats to consider - this complicates things a wee bit (we have an older moggie). You then need to consider introductions at an appropriate time and on terms that all parties are happy with.

Happy for you to private mail me if you have any more specific questions.

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We were worried about this. If we get a kitten and then go our to work we are worried about leaving it with a free run of the house incase it hurts itself. We thought about using a cat crate as dogs find being in these relaxing. Has anyone used them?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:24 am 
Blimey! That took me back to the days before my boys arrived....oh I was young and innocent of Bengal ways then :lol:

We ended up getting a puppy crate (partly because we were having some work done on the house) and it worked very well. The boys had free run of a bedroom in the daytime and were put in the crate at night. After a week or two we gradually let them have the run of the hallway as well but it was a while before we could let them into other rooms without then having to detach them from curtains, furniture etc soon after......

My two are now about 19 months old and are happy and purry guys who definitely rule the roost!

(PS...meant to sell the puppy crate when they didn't need it any more but you never know, one day I might want to expand my pack of furry monsters... :roll: )

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:25 am 
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I got three Benglas kittens about 4 months ago and I would echo the advice about opening the house up a bit at a time. My house is over three floors and I limited them to the ground floor initially because I thought the whole building might be a bit overwhelming for them. It was quickly apparent that they were quite relaxed and confident so I opened the other two floors up over a period of about a week and they now have the run of the house except the bathroom and one bedroom.

The only mishap I've had is when one of them climbed down the back of a wardrobe and couldn't get back up again. She panicked a bit which resulted in some shredded wallpaper but no real harm done. I have had to go for a minimalist approach in terms of ornaments and gadgets but it certainly means the house is less cluttered and I love having them around wherever I am in the house. They get left all day while I'm at work and it doesn't seem to have upset them - they have each other for company.


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It's funny because I never really thought about this when bringing them to my parents' home, I left them the run of the place (big house) except for the living room (where my dad work and he's a bit allergic), the only problem I had was finding them when I wanted to :lol:. But they were VERY happy to run in such a big place... ;).

I just closed them in the kitchen for the night because I was afraid they'd make too much noise.

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When I brought Mikesch into the house, I was rather naive and didn't think about confining him to one room. He immediately went through the whole house and inspected every room, meowing loudly for me to accompany him and open any closed doors. After figuring out where the food was and eating his fill, then figuring out where the litter box was and using it, and then spraying in places in the basement that smelled of cat (he was a young adult and not neutered yet when I took him in), he settled down right next to me to purr and he slept in my bed that night. I never had a problem with him hiding or acting overwhelmed by anything. Before Binky became his best buddy, he would always come running when he heard me moving around the house. But I guess he's a special kind of cat. :wink: All the others took a lot longer to settle in. It took about a week of slowly opening the house room by room for Binky, and one of my two foster cats is just now starting to cautiously explore the upstairs after one month of being here.


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When we brought Saffy and Horus in at 1 yr old, they were pretty nervous, as they'd grown up in another home. They were confined to the downstairs for a few days, then gradually allowed to explore the rest of the house.
After a few weeks, we put them in the kitchen at night as they would start play fighting on the bed and attacking our feet at 3am.. :roll: :lol:
When we got William, he had the same routine, although he was quite eager to explore the rest of the house asap. :D
Both Saffy and William now have the run of most of the house during the day, then they get separated at night time as i'm still not entirely sure there wouldn't be a world war whilst we're asleep. :wink:
I think it depends on the cats personality, your house, personal circumstances etc. :D

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