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Introducing 2 month kitten to 5 month kitten

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Rebecca1993, Mar 22, 2017.


  1. Rebecca1993

    Rebecca1993 PetForums Newbie

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    hi all,

    Little Walter, 2 month old male ragdoll, has joined our family on Sunday.
    We did lots of scent swapping before slowly introducing him to our female 5 month old ragdoll Skyler.
    So far.. she seems comfortable when he is sleeping, and she can sniff him and relax. However when he is awake and moving around she is quite on edge and hisses/swipes him. She also shows little interest in playing when he's awake and doesn't like to be stroked when he's awake and around. Usually she loves all the fuss and attention! When he was asleep this morning she also fell asleep nearby and let me stroke her. Both of them cry if left alone even if for a minute.

    Is this all normal behaviour? Are they slowly bonding?

    Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated! X

    Pic of little Walter is attached x
     

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  2. Lisa2701

    Lisa2701 PetForums VIP

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    Afraid I can't help you but I just wanted to say that little Walter is absolutely gorgeous!! Those eyes - stunning!! And love his name.
     
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    Jiskefet Slave to the Hairy Hikers

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    I can't help but think you got Walter from a back yard breeder. No self-respecting breeder would allow a kitten to go to a new home before 12 or 13 weeks old, and you say he is just 2 months old, so 8 or 9 weeks. I think their behaviour is the least of your worries at that age. He really should still be with his mother and siblings, learning from them how to behave around other cats. Has he had all his vaccinations? The second set of vaccinations is due at 13 weeks, and no kitten should be rehomed before it has been fully vaccinated.
     
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  4. Rebecca1993

    Rebecca1993 PetForums Newbie

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    He is ten weeks old, he has had his first lot of vaccinations and will be having the second in a few weeks time x
     
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    Jiskefet Slave to the Hairy Hikers

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    Did you buy him from a registered breeder?
    I find it hard to believe they let him go that soon. They are usually very particular about granting them ample socialisation time with their mother and getting them fully vaccinated. Nowadays, most breeders will wait even longer than 12 or 13 weeks, so they can have the kittens neutered before selling them, in order to prevent back yard breeders from using kittens sold as pets as breeding stock.
     
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    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Walter is just too beautiful, I want him :Kiss

    I don't have the answers I'm sorry, but I have 3 cats, 2 are friends and the third ignores the other two completely! Some times it works other times it doesn't!

    You have Walter now and obviously love him, so I hope things settle down for you all soon.

    Try gentle playing with a string or feather they may get involved

    Good luck and I'd love more pics
     
  7. Rebecca1993

    Rebecca1993 PetForums Newbie

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    They seem to be making progress, they are happy to eat and sleep together. There is just a lot of rough play fighting going on. They both chase each other around, Walter is starting to stand up for himself and chase Skyler back. But Skyler also corners him and seats him in the face which he doesn't seem to like. He just rolls on his back helplessly whilst she swats him.
    She is now back to her cuddly self with us which is good. So hopefully they seem to be bonding. Pictures attached of the two together x
     

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  8. Rebecca1993

    Rebecca1993 PetForums Newbie

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    By law in the U.K. It is 8 weeks, we got him at 10.
     
  9. Emmasian

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    I'm no expert but I did introduce Rafa to Freya and Teddy. Teddy was totally magnanimous and more interested in Rafa's toys (think American teenage boys comparing skateboards and calling each other dude). However Freya growled at him and whilst she didn't exactly hiss, she went "pfffffff" through her whiskers alot. I took a load of time off work and made a big fuss of all of them equally to show they were all important. Lots of cuddles, Dreamies, nice dinners, games. After a couple of weeks Freya settled down, and a year and a half on they get on very well.

    I really hope it goes well for you, just give it some time.
     
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    Emmasian PetForums VIP

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    Lovely photos. If they are cuddling and eating together then it's going well. Don't be fooled by little Walter rolling onto his back - unlike dogs it's a defence position from which to attack! Sounds like regular kitten rough play though. Freya and Teddy used to do a sort of aerial combat thing where they would leap in the air and wrestle to the ground. Couldn't do it now as she'd get squashed flat!
     
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    Just seen the pics! I definitely think Walter should come and live with me! Today if possible!

    I think they are bonding really well, to snuggle like that is sooooo sweet. Your Skyler is just teaching Walter a few manners which Walter needs to learn, as we all do :D I hope Skyler puts cheeky Walter in his place he will soon learn, so try let them sort it out themselves unless things get too ruff.

    None of mine have ever cuddled, your so lucky.

    Things are looking marvellous for you all.
     
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  12. Rebecca1993

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    Thank you! Hopefully! There is lots of play fighting going on, I think because Skyler is bigger she sometimes goes too far and ends up hurting him, but if he whimpers or hisses she backs away. There is a bit of biting going on too when fighting, with Skyler occasionally sneaking in a little lick of him. So hopefully all still steps to getting closer. They hate being separated from one another - even if they are chasing/fighting when together x
     
  13. Temporally_Loopy

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    Whether or not by law kittens can leave their mothers at 8 weeks, the fact is that (I believe) most Ragdoll breeders will not let their kittens leave until they are 12 to 13 weeks old. My breeder doesn't even let you view her kittens until they are 10 weeks which ensures that they have had their first vaccinations and have (if necessary) recovered from these.

    Yes, it does mean that you don't get the tiny fluffball kitten experience but with a large breed I was led to believe that they need the extra weeks with their mother and siblings - after all, if this wasn't the case, why would breeders pay to keep the kittens for a further month with the extra vaccinations, worming, flea treatment etc.?

    Anyway, you have the kitten now and a very pretty one at that!
     
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