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Moving Kittens - Me - Not Mum

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by Milly22, May 31, 2010.


  1. Milly22

    Milly22 PetForums VIP

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    Hi,

    I would like to move Poppy and her babies downstairs to the kittening room.

    This sounds easy enough but we have a new addition to the cat family and Poppy has been very stressed out since she came. She is also very protective of her babies (naturally) and I wouldn't like for her to start moving them but I feel it would be better in the long-run if the kittens were weaned & litter trained downstairs.

    Does anyone have any advice on whether I should move her or just leave her upstairs for another week or so ??

    The other thing is, she spends so much time upstairs with her babies, so this does not help make introductions to the new kitten any easier. :confused:

    Any advice, much appreciated. :)
     
  2. purrlover

    purrlover PetForums Senior

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    arent they a worry ? i would if it were me keep them seperate for a few more days ... then perhaps introduce gently ?? sorry im not much help ...just didnt want to read and run
    julie x
     
  3. deedeedee

    deedeedee PetForums Senior

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    Hya

    Can you move them and her without her coming into contact with the newbie?

    D xx
     
  4. lizward

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    I'd leave her where she is.

    Liz
     
  5. Milly22

    Milly22 PetForums VIP

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    Hi,

    Thanks I have left her where she is for now. She is a bit better with the new cat and sat for one whole hour last night without going for her, so I will wait and see how she is by the weekend.

    Thanks. :)
     
  6. billyboysmammy

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    unless you can ensure that she and the kittens wont come into contact with the newbie i would leave her where she is for now.

    Once the kittens are weaning i would bring them downstairs (and put newbie upstairs) so mum and kittens can socialise with the house, get used to the household noises and get accostomed to the other cats (but not newbie).

    I would leave the introduction of newbie until after the babies have left for their new homes.
     
  7. Milly22

    Milly22 PetForums VIP

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    Yes, I can do this. I think I will leave her until the weekend (if we get to the weekend without kitten escape).

    The thing is she has been left alone with just me popping in and out in a large crate with a HUGE curtain over it and now she seems quite annoyed when i move the curtain and the kittens come to see me, she likes them non-moving and the big one (kitten) almost escaped last night and she was freaking out it for moving!!!

    My worst fear is one escaping and me not hearing it and me standing on it, or something horrid!
     
  8. billyboysmammy

    billyboysmammy PetForums VIP

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    hehe time to re-learn the kitten shuffle... where you never actually pick your feet up, just shuffle around the house like a 90yr old! :lol:


    She is being a good mum hun, most good mums hate it at first when the kittens begin to get mobile, and have that constantly harrassed look on their face! Imagine having 1yr old twins... just getting mobile but not steady enough on their feet... you cant be in two places at once. Thats just what its like for her, and they were sooo much easier when they stayed where they were put!

    Dont worry she will chill out as they get more adventurous.

    I do agree though, they will need socialising with the household noises before they go, so make sure your not quiet from now on when you pop into their room. Let them keep their curtain (most mums like a nice quiet dark den for their babies), but whistle, sing, chatter, bang about etc when your visiting from now on. The more noise they get used to the better socialised and more confident adult cats they will be!


    Do you have any local children you can invite in in a few weeks? get them used to the smell and attention from little people too? If not i'll post my pair up by parcel force! (its half term! ARGH!).
     
  9. Milly22

    Milly22 PetForums VIP

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    Oh I have 2 VERY loud children, time to let them upstairs and make noise ? :D

    Good plan. Thank you x

    Oh half term, you have my sympathies ours break up for summer in 4 weeks. Ewwww the thought.
     
  10. billyboysmammy

    billyboysmammy PetForums VIP

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    definatly time to take the kids upstairs for some supervised playtimes.

    My children handle the kittens from very early (but i know that would make many other peoples toes curl! - it works for us providing its safe and supervised). I tend to bring the kittens downstairs around weaning for ease and for socialisation. They get to meet most of the other cats (which ones depends on mums temperament) and the dogs (again depending on mum - remember mine are rescues so i rarely have much background info), by the time they are 8 weeks they are usually fully integrated into the house, zooming everywhere, into everything and i have to be on red alert when putting stuff into the washing machine or dishwasher!

    For me it just makes the nicest confident kittens! Nothing much phases them!
     
  11. Milly22

    Milly22 PetForums VIP

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    Yes, ours were downstairs last year and it was all very easy, weaning etc, them popping through to visit us when ready, Misty was very chilled about it all but Poppy she is totally different, on saying that though she seems to want to be downstairs more this week, if I keep the curtain over the kittens it seems to stop then attempting to escape so we shall try with that for as long as possible then move Cassie upstairs and Poppy downstairs, and see how we go!

    It is nice having then beside the bed, I don't watch evening TV anymore. :D
     
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