64–67 Weeks: What to Expect From Your Kitten
Tips for Moving House with Your Cat
Cats like familiarity and routine, and they get very stressed about disruptions to that routine. Moving house is stressful for people, but it's even more so for your cat. Besides staying as calm as you can, here are some ways to keep your cat safe and help her adjust to a move.
Before you move, there will be lots of boxes coming and going. Having strange-smelling boxes (and strange-smelling people to move those boxes) in your home will be very stressful for your cat. To help her get through this, spray Feliway Comfort Zone on the corners of the boxes before you bring them into your house. You can also use the Comfort Zone plug-in diffuser to create a general atmosphere of calm.
Create a safe room in your house. Select a room in your current place where your cat can be comfortable until the last minute. Leave her cat tree and if possible a piece of furniture she enjoys. Be sure she has a litter box and some water handy, too. Pack this room last.
Always put your cat in a crate while you're traveling. It reduces your cat's stress level and prevents your cat from escaping in unfamiliar territory or taking shelter under your brake and gas pedal.
Before you let your cat out of her crate in your new home, create a safe room there, too. Again, use a piece of furniture your cat enjoys and place her cat tree, water, food, and litter box in it.
Once you've set up your furniture and done most of your unpacking, open the door to your cat's room and allow her to come out and explore when she's ready. Be sure to give her lots of extra love and let her know that all is well.
Advice from Other Cat Owners
Before You Adopt That Kitten
Before you bring that cute kitten home, please take a good look at your life and ask yourself some questions, particularly if you are young (the highest demographic for pet surrenderers is females, age 18-25).
Remember, cats live for 15-20 years and will need regular vet care for their whole life. Ask yourself, what will I do when I move? Am I willing to go the extra mile to find pet-friendly housing and take the cats along? (Even if your job sends you across the country or into another).
What will I do when I get married? What if my spouse is allergic to the cats, has big unfriendly dogs, or just doesn't like cats? How will I deal with that? What happens when I start having children? Will I be willing to help the cats make that transition during that busy and exciting time in my life? Will I be willing to keep them seperate if my baby is allergic? What happens if I get divorced? (Statistics say that you will). Will I fight to keep my pets during this personal crisis?
These questions may sound ridiculous, but I assure you they are not. The answers to these questions mean the difference between life and death every day- to the tune of 20 million 'No' answers a year (the number of animals surrendered to shelters across the U.S. in a year). It is a big commitment folks, think about it!
~Alex K., owner of Breed Unknown
Introducing Your New Kitten to Your Older Cat
Kittens will most likely get along great because they are so young, although it may take a day or two. My two cats were about 10 months when I brought home two kittens and it didn't go smoothly at all. The young kittens were excited to meet the older cats but the older cats were petrified of them.
What I learned is that cats react to smell and it's best to introduce them that way first. The advice from a cat expert was: keep them separate and give them each something that smells of the other one (towel/blanket etc). Once that goes well, then introduce them physically. It was fascinating because when I presented my cats with the towel smelling like the new kittens, the cats hissed and swatted at it, then ran in fear. Eventually they started to investigate it. You may not need this step but I wanted to share it just in case.
~Cindy W., owner of Breed Unknown