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Q: 2 kittens, should I seperate them always when I leave?

October 4, 2008 | By Jesika H. | 8 answers | Expired: 2161 days ago

Jesika H.

I have 2 kittens, about 8 months (peach) and 6 months (Zelda). at first when i brought Zelda home to Peach (whom we already had for 4 months) naturally they didn't get along. I understand that, but now they have gotten past it and they get along great, always playing or sleeping together. Well I think Zelda (who came from a shelter) is teaching Peach to do some bad things. Such as get on the counter and lick bowls and stuff. Should i keep them separated when I leave again?

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Christine B.
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Oct 14, 2008

I have total faith in cats - especially kittens - to find trouble to get into all on their own. :) Separating them probably won't help in the long-term.

I agree with those who have suggested a kitty-proof room where they can stay together while you're away, at least until you feel like you've corrected their behavior and are ready to risk leaving them alone with the house again.

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Washy
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Oct 09, 2008

Honestly, you're never going to know what's going to happen unless you do give them free reign while you're gone - otherwise go for cat-proofing a room and stashing them there.

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Nicky R.
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Oct 08, 2008

If they get along, then don't seperate them. But if it gives you peace of mind, put them in a room together (I agree with the other answers) so you have a better idea of what they are doing when you are gone.

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Karen H.
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Oct 04, 2008

I agree when you leave the house have a room that you lock them in, such as a bedroom or bathroom. You might have to "kitty proof" it but it will cut down on your frustration. It's also good to have a place to put them if you have company, where they'll feel safe and they are protected or your company is protected depending on need.

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crimson
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Oct 04, 2008

I think you should keep them together. My two dogs didn't get along either, but after a few months they settled down and became almost siblibgs.

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Kate H.
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Oct 04, 2008

I would have a "kitty" room for them to stay while your away. Fill it with toys a litterbox and some food. They will probably sleep most of the time anyway. If you put them in that room alot then i would change out the toys often so they don't get bored with the same ones.

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2MEOWERS
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Oct 04, 2008

Ahhh, the wonderful world of kittens and cats. I agree with the first answer. If you create a "can't get into trouble" room it will solve your problem. However, when I'm home my cats never jump on the counter. I'm sure they do when I'm gone because I've heard them jump down during the night! I just make sure that I don't leave any dirty dishes out. If I don't want to take the time to wash them, I either rinse them off or stick them in the dishwasher so they are out of sight. I've heard about puting double sided sticky tape on the top edge of counters. Supposedly when the cat jumps up it won't like the feeling and stop doing it. Too much trouble for me. I just accept the fact that cats like to be up as high as they can get. There's never anything exciting on my counters when I'm gone but I know they just like to check things out. Do you have any cat trees? I have 5, all have at least 3 levels. They find these fun and it gets them up higher than my counter. The fact that your new kitten was a shelter cat has nothing to do with jumping on the counters. Just wasn't told not to when younger. My cats have simply learned that the counters are fair game when I'm not home! Good luck!

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Doodlerpuppy
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Oct 04, 2008

Well, if you don't want to separate them because they are getting along, You could try putting them in a room where they can't get into trouble while you are gone. Like make a kitty-proof room where they can't jump on kitchen counters or attack toilet paper.

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