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Q: We have one kitten who is 8 weeks old and we are getting a new kitten how can we help them adapt

July 11, 2009 | By michelle a. | 5 answers | Expired: 1824 days ago

michelle a.

how can we get the kittens not to be jealous We have one kitten who is 8 weeks old and we are getting a new kitten how can we help them adapt

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Percysmom
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Jul 12, 2009

Eight weeks is VERY young to be away from their mother unless of course there is no choice. Four months old is ideal. Usually kittens adapt very well to new additions. It's older established cats that have more issues. You're better off getting a second kitten that's a bit older though so he/she has an opportunity to learn manners from mom. She'll teach her babies to use the litter box etc. making them a better more well adjusted pet for us. Good luck.

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Kbehrendt
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Jul 13, 2009

Eight weeks is incredibly young; if the other one is also that small, I don't think they're going to have any problem adapting. At eight weeks, they're still adapting to being ALIVE... I doubt they've developed a lot of possessiveness yet

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Ourstaff
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Jul 13, 2009

Let the older kitten approach the new one when it is in a carrier/box. If they seem to get along try a face to face greeting. Most kittens welcome new playmates but some don't like other cats. If one starts to growl and keeps getting upset slowly introduce them over the course of a few days/weeks. Put the calmer cat in a carrier and feed the upset one near it. Keep moving the dish closer until the cat is used to eating next to the other cat. If the kitten are not getting along and there is a big difference in their sizes be careful about leaving them unattended. An eight week old kitten can seriously injure a younger/smaller kitten

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