New Kitten Introduction: Week 4

by Melissa R. on October 29, 2012

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Cosmo the Bengal Kitten

Cosmo the Bengal Kitten

We currently have three cats in our home: a 10-year-old black male, Kai; a 3-year-old Silver Ocicat female, Cirrhi; and a 3-year-old male Chocolate Ocicat, Ritter. We also have a 13-year-old Border Collie! After a loss of a pet earlier, we decided it was time to get a new kitten. We had always admired Bengals, and were fortuitous enough to find a 16-week-old male available in our area. Here is how we introduced him to our household.

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I can’t believe we are already into having our new Bengal kitten for a whole month! Seems like Cosmo has been with us forever already. The dynamics between our adult cats and Cosmo continue to evolve day-by-day and it is quite entertaining. I find myself spending way too much time just watching the cats, to see what is going to happen next!

We see Cosmo and both our younger Ocicats playing with each other daily. The males play more together than our female does, but that is expected, as she is more “Queen” of the castle. Generally, there is a good game of chase going on morning & evening. Cosmo has lots of energy, but he seems to burn it off playing on his own, and giving chase now & then. We try to spend a decent amount of time each day playing with Da Bird, or this new Kong Snake Teaser toy we picked up – all the cats really enjoy it! They all take turns, and learn to play nice with each other.

Cosmo enjoying the sunrise

Cosmo enjoying the sunrise

Cosmo has been investigating all the snoozing spots in the house. Every day it seems like we find him in some new spot – be it the banister (where Ritter likes to hang out), a cat tree, the couch, or even our dog’s bed! He’s fairly comical. He seems to be sleeping on the couch downstairs while we are gone during the day; we wish he would sleep up with the other cats, but I guess nobody is quite ready for that.

Lately, we have had some good progress with sharing bedtime though! Cosmo has come up on the bed at night a few times while the other cats are up, and stayed for a little while. There is usually some grumbling going on by him and our female, but the males don’t seem to care. The other day when I left for work, all four cats were up on the bed together! I imagine it didn’t last long but it was nice to see if only for a minute.

We have transitioned his litter box down to where the other litter boxes are. We were very careful to make sure he was using it successfully before moving it further, and keeping an eye on “things.” His stool seems fine now, though we are having a heck of a time getting his pill down him. He has a mighty nose on him and can detect his pill cloaked in anything. It is quite a trial, but we are doing our best to finish the medication.

I’ve been keeping an eye on his eating & drinking, and making sure EVERYBODY is getting their fair share of food and water. Seems to be going OK, though we still have multiple bowls out and I think we will for a while as Cosmo still growls if another cat gets to close while he’s eating. And so far, he still seems to enjoy snuggling in our laps when the time is right and taking a good nap!

Testing out the dog bed

Testing out the dog bed

Last, he HAS been getting into his share of trouble. We’ve had several plants knocked over and kittens spotted playing in a plant. We are doing our best to curb this activity by moving things around so he can’t access them anymore or simply redirecting him. We’ve also had a few knocked over items in the house… He has been WONDERFUL about scratching on posts & his cat trees though, which is fantastic!

Stay tuned to see how life with our kitties evolves! I haven’t even mentioned our dog yet…

See Part One here

See Part Two here

See Part Three here

See Part Four here

See Part Five here

See Part Six here

See Part Seven here


About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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SAM November 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

WHERE IS WEEK 5?

Melissa R. November 12, 2012 at 8:11 am

We actually just posted an update this morning! http://www.dfs-pet-blog.com/2012/11/kitten-neutering-time/

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