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Introducing a 10 week old kitten to a 7 week old kitten

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Sarawhitt1, May 18, 2020.


  1. Sarawhitt1

    Sarawhitt1 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone.
    Just wondering if anyone had any advice for me. We have adopted two kittens from two different litters from the same household. We got our first kitten and he has been with us for three weeks and has settled in well. Our second kitten arrived two days ago and we keep them separate, doing the site swapping and feeding on either side of the door. However they are scratching to get out of the door to get to each other and we let them but our older kitten doesn’t leave the new one alone and is constantly jumping on him. When we separate them again and they are dying just to get back to each other. Any ideas to help? Thank you very much.
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hello @Sarawhitt1 and welcome :)

    A 7 week old kitten is too young to be separated from his mum and litter mates, and for the sake of his social skills development he should have really stayed with them until at least 9 or 10 weeks. But as long as there is not a big difference in the size of your two kittens I would probably let them be together under your supervision and just intervene with distractions if the older one is being too rough or the younger one is getting upset. I appreciate there will naturally be some size difference between them, but it may not be large enough to worry that the older kitten might unintentionally be too rough with the younger one and hurt him.

    I would give them their own separate feeding spots at least 10 ft apart. Cats being solitary hunters like their own space to eat.. Kittens from the same litter may happily eat near each other, until they are older.

    Litter trays are a valued resource for cats, and 3 trays are the minimum provision needed for 2 cats.
     
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