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Newbie: Bringing new cat home question

post #1 of 8
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I just stumbled on this website and glad I did. We are bringing a 9 week old kitty home tonight from the humane society and I'm not sure where to keep her until she gets used to my house. Our downstairs area is all open (no doors) except for a very tiny bathroom. Should I just gate off our kitchen area, altho I'm scared she's going to go under/behind the refrigerator and freezer and get hurt. I have a large 4ft x 2ft plastic bin that I could set up as an "apartment" for her for a couple weeks. Put small litter box in one side and the other could be her bed/play area. But if I do that and then move her litter box, would that confuse her? Any help is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 8
I'd give her a bedroom -- like the guest room -- someplace where she has a few hidey holes till she feels secure. Put a litter box in one corner and her food and water as far away from the litter as you can. (Cats don't like to eat in bathrooms ... lol).

This should be her arrangement while you're away from home, at least for the time being. When you're there, let her have the run of the house, and put a second litter box in the permanent place you've planned for it.

After she gets used to your house, you can stop shutting her in the bedroom while you're gone.
post #3 of 8
I agree, a bedroom would be nice accomadations for your new edition..with a warm bed.

Welcome to TCS by the way!
post #4 of 8
Hi and welcome to TCS!!!!!!!!

See you on the forums !!!
post #5 of 8
welcome Jaas.....Only my opinion, but I`d keep the kitty in whatever room you are planning on keeping it`s litter til you are sure it is using it OK....let us know how the new baby is doing!
post #6 of 8
Hi there Jaas - we're so happy to welcome you and your new arrival to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

Let's see if we can't get this moved to a forum where some of our resident experts might see it. You're going to have a wonderful time with your new kitten - thank you so much for choosing the rescue option
post #7 of 8
I'd keep her in the bathroom for about a week till she feels "safe". Then let her out and supervise her time out to explore.

Or you can put her in a bedroom and let her get used to that room and again, let her out supervised till she knows everything.

Bribe her with food and use her name so she associates it with something good in case she decides to hide somewhere...
post #8 of 8
best of luck Congrats & welcome! I am donna proudly owned by the incredible trio & surrogate mum to Freesia a shep X.
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