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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 5:41 pm 
Just wondering, when we take our 2 kittens home for the first time - would it be best to get a carrier big enough for both of them to go in together, or get separate ones? Which would they be most comfortable with?


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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 9:20 pm 
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if they are both from same place i would think haveing a container large enough for both would be a grand idea..

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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 12:17 am 
Once they are home - should they be kept in the same room for a week or so? We've read that in a few places. We're intending to keep their bed and tray in the kitchen - would they be ok in there for the first week i.e. not get themselves into trouble? Or would it be best to use another room with less distractions in it?


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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 1:08 am 
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I think they'll be fine together in a large carrier. I had to take three cats with me from SC to CA last year.... so whew! Not something I hope to ever have to do again! I'll just fly them out if we move back to the east coast, although that scares me a little more than driving them out.

Will these by the only two cats you have? If so, maybe just keep them in the same room with you. They can get used to you that way, and develop trust. Or, pick a smallish room, like a bedroom or bathroom and put their stuff in there and close them up for a while so they can get used to that small area. Then open the door, and if they get scared, they'll feel like they have a "safe point" to run to until they are more comfortable with the idea of being in new surroundings.

I'm sure they'll do great!

I have to integrate my new cat in with my two existing cats... that's not going to be fun! I plan on keeping him seperate for them for a while and take things slowly. They should be ok though. :)

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2004 7:21 am 
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Gavin,
It doesnt matter WHERE you put them.......they are bengals...they will find trouble!

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2004 8:27 am 
Best get the blu tack out then and get busy sticking everything down :D :blink:


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2004 5:50 pm 
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Gavin-

For taking them home, I'd put them in the same carrier, I've plomped four little fluffballs into one before, because they were all soo attached! That was a short trip, though, but 2 in 1 would be fine for them, probably make them feel better. Plus, since I assume yours are littermates, they probably don't want to be too separated, it's enough being away from mommy.

As to confining them, each cat is different, so you really have to see what they're comfortable with. For the first night, definetly keep them in a small room where they won't feel lost. I have a big closet I usually use for this. After the first night, depending on whether or not they're hiding, let them explore a little, but carry them back to where the litterbox is at least every half hour, or they might have an accident. If, however, they spend their time hiding, I'd just sit in the little room with them for at least a few hours a day, until you feel that they're warming up to you. It's no fun chasing little kittens out from under the couch, across the room, and back under the couch again. If they're nervous, you want to introduce the rest of your house slowly, avioding rooms where there's lots of hiding places. Having to chase them out to check on them will make it harder for them to bond with you.

I've had them go both ways. Some are immediately "hey, just look at my new digs! I think I like this, oh a warm lap!", and others are "oh, no! I've been abducted by huge hairless aliens, and I'm quite sure they want to do experiments on me. I think I'll try to stay in the most inaccessable place possible, for, oh, a week?"

Best thing to do, is to go with your gut. They'll let you know what they're comfortable with, if you listen.

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2004 8:16 pm 
Hi Athena,

Thanks for the advice. I am hoping they will warm to us quite quickly. On our last visit to see them. The kitten we are calling Nero, seemed to warm to me quickly. so much in fact, he crawled onto my shoulder, snuggled up under the collar of my cardigan and went to sleep. Zeus was a little more timid, but I am sure with his brothers encouragement they will both be fine.

Our collection of toys for them is gradually getting bigger and bigger. What spoilt kitties they are going to be.

We are going to take everyones advice and just get the one carrier for their journey home. It is only about 1 hours drive, so not too bad.


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2004 11:22 pm 
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I know a new toy you should add... a crinkle sack! I bought one yesterday for my two... it's HUGE, crinkles loudly, and has a really soft green with pawprint covering to it. The inside is that sheepskin fluffy looking stuff you see on a lot of cat toys. It was only $20.

My girls had a BLAST!!!

...and awww... I hope my little boy won't be too scared when I bring him home on May 29th... he'll have to go on a 2 hour trip in a strange car/strange carrier, then to my home. Guess we'll just have to show him a lot of love! :)

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2004 11:32 pm 
Nutkitty,

I am sure your new boy will be just as comfortable as ours. After all he is going to one little spoilt kitty :P


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<!--QuoteBegin-Siobhan+May 12 2004, 03:32 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Siobhan @ May 12 2004, 03:32 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteEBegin--> After all he is going to one little spoilt kitty :P [/quote]
That's a given!!!! B)

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2004 10:42 am 
Just thought I would let you all know that we have decided on the one carrier to take them home. It is a large one and has a nice comfy cushion for them in it. So they should travel the one hour journey fine.

I am so looking forward to THAT day. hehe


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