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Old 02-29-2016, 03:05 PM
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Getting a kitten!

Okay, SUPER excited! I've been talking to a woman who has to rehome her 7 month old kitten due to being due lol (she's expecting) She's going to be 'my' kitten. Without further ado, here is the info I have on her

She's 7 months old, declawed, good with kids and very gentle. She comes with her litterbox, litter, food, dishes and collar. No toys. Her name is Abby (however if she doesn't know her name I may change it)

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I'm planning on kenneling her at night until I find out how she does with the birds, and supervised the rest of the time obviously. She'll be primarily in my room (where Bella is) so I'm a bit concerned about that, Bella's previous owner had a great dane and a cat in the house so while Bella knows what dogs and cats are, I'm wondering what the kitten will think of her. Any tips on introducing them? I'd appreciate all input, I just want this to go smoothly for Bella and the kitten
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Re: Getting a kitten!

What a sweet looking kitten, Melissa!

You know me, I tend to be pretty honest and unfortunately too blunt, but I'll give you my 2 cents, ok?

Please be VERY careful with Abby and Bella. Yes, she's declawed, but her teeth still pose a serious risk, unfortunately. Kittens are playful and curious. It's great that Bella has seen large dogs and a cat before, so she may not 'freak out....but there's no guarantee, and nobody can foresee how they'll react to one another.

We have many members whose cats and birds live harmoniously in the same house. I don't know if they live in the same room though. THAT's the part that worries me, personally.

Will you please forgive me for speaking my mind?
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:41 PM
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Re: Getting a kitten!

I wanted honest opinions and advice, thank you! I admit, I'm kind of worried about her and Bella too, I'm going to monitor them very closely. If the kitten is acting naughty a friend of mine who has a cat and smaller birds says a spray bottle works well with training. Her's caught on quick that the birds were off limits and now basically ignores them.
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I'm rooting for you here!!! You've got QUITE the way with animals, and I foresee you making this work FLAWLESSLY!!!
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Re: Getting a kitten!

Melissa, Congrats! What an adorable kitten! I know the kitten will have a happy life with you and I have no doubt you'll be able to handle any conflicts that arise.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:04 PM
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Thank you Allee! I'm waiting to hear back from her on when we can meet. So difficult to wait patiently! Lol
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Re: Getting a kitten!

She's stunning, that's awesome, congratulations!

But seriously...is declawing an actual thing? not just for medical purpose? I wouldn't dream of it....but it seems I'm pretty sheltered down here! Please understand not judging...just learning...
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Re: Getting a kitten!

Quote: Originally Posted by itchyfeet View Post
She's stunning, that's awesome, congratulations!

But seriously...is declawing an actual thing? not just for medical purpose? I wouldn't dream of it....but it seems I'm pretty sheltered down here! Please understand not judging...just learning...
It is a thing but not very supported by even vets. They remove a "knuckle" and it can be QUITE painful.


Anyways. I have lots of cats. And animals in general.
The kittens are much harder to dissuade from their interest in the birds. But basically keep the bird out of reach and allow the cat to become desensitized by the movement. This is your best chance at a peaceful existence. Teaching her that the bird is just not a fun thing for her.
Also, I will say big birds tend to intimidate cats more than the little fluttery ones. My lovie would be dead in a second if he got out. My older cats were around my CAG for many years and they have zero interest in my birds. It does take time and diligence.

When I'm not home I shut my bird room door but at night the door is open.
It does take work and being on your toes. But it's not hard or impossible.
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Re: Getting a kitten!

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She's stunning, that's awesome, congratulations!

But seriously...is declawing an actual thing? not just for medical purpose? I wouldn't dream of it....but it seems I'm pretty sheltered down here! Please understand not judging...just learning...
Yes, declawing a cat is a common occurrence. And while it's probably not something I would have done to a cat or kitten. Abby's owners decided to have her claws removed and at this point it's an unchangeable fact about Abby (one that admittedly takes away some worries with the birds)
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Re: Getting a kitten!

I'm super excited for you!
Update pics when you get her?
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