Hello all! Niall and I got George last Thursday and he has come from a home with seven other cats and has not been handled much/at all, and there were only three kittens in the litter in total. He is eight weeks old and my two year old cat Tilly has taken to him fine. The only problem is he is scared of being handled and picked up in general. He is gradually getting used to other noises eg: washing machine, hoover, us pottering around, the tv etc. We have put a small kitten collar on him with a bell on it and that has helped boost his confidence and get used to another noise type when he is running around and playing- which he does a lot of!! We keep him in the dining room, which links onto the kitchen, so he doesn't have the run of the whole house yet. And his toys and cat bed are there which he sleeps on or he sleep on the radiator bed that Tilly does not use anymore. So I was wondering: 1) Any tips/advice how to get him used to us and handling him? Or being 8 weeks old is it virtualy impossible as I read somewhere there is a cut off point at 8weeks old as to how much you can do if a kitten has not been handled? 2) When would it be ok for him to have the whole run of the house? I am presuming when he is used to being handled just incase he gets overwhelemd by suddenly being allowed to explore? 3) Any tips for trying to get him used to his name? We have beensaying it to him an quiet soft tones but he doesn't seems to listen- like his ears don't twitch or anything. It's difficult cos I am comparing him to when I got Tilly and she knew her name from day 3. It's such a shame as he is lovely I don't understand how someone who has seven cats cannot find time to bother with kittens! Sorry for the essay! And any information/advice or personal experience would be great! I will post a pic of George later when I back from work!!