Introducing a New Kitten: Week Two

by Melissa R. on October 18, 2012

Cosmo the Bengal

Cosmo the Bengal

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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We continue to make progress with our adult cats and our new Bengal kitten, Cosmo. He has total freedom in the house now, 24 hours a day, though we still have his litter box, food and water in his “safe room” for him. We are trying to keep an eye on his stool to make sure any potential for worms has passed and things firm up. It is common for kittens in a new surrounding to have loose stools. We are feeding him the same thing he was eating at his previous home, but the change in surroundings and new cats is stressful. He is eating and drinking plenty, so nothing to worry about there.

Cosmo is quite the boisterous little thing! He’s so tiny (5 lbs), but boy he makes his presence known!

Sharing treats

Sharing treats

When we come home from being gone, he is always easy to find as he’ll be meowing like mad to be petted, and I think scolding us for leaving him alone as well. I am hoping his meowing mellows out some, as it can really be loud and frequent. If he thinks there is food or treats nearby, you may want to insert ear plugs.

He is also into just about everything and anything. Any place we are at, he likely wants to be, too. He has investigated all counters, furniture, nooks & crannies everywhere. He is not afraid to check out something new!Lap Kitty Cosmo even was brave enough to hop up on the “Treat Counter”… although Cirrhi was up there as well. She didn’t mind until all the treats were gone. Then she got mighty mad. The two of them are too much alike when it comes to treats!

It took almost a week, but we finally got some purring out of Cosmo. We were beginning to wonder, but I guess he just needed to feel comfortable. Mostly we’ve gotten purring when we are filling up his food bowl. Go figure. One evening he hopped up on the couch to see what was going on, and saw Cirrhi (our female Ocicat), sitting on my lap. He came over to check things out. Cirrhi gave him a dirty look and immediately got down, but then Cosmo sat down on my lap and took a nap! We were pretty surprised.

Playtime? Maybe not.

Playtime? Maybe not.

I wish Cosmo would realize that our other cats would likely play with him (Ritter would for sure, Cirrhi maybe if it was on her terms). I guess it is just going to take longer with him than it has with our other kittens. I don’t know if this is because of his breed, or simply his upbringing or his nature. He was the last of his litter to find a home, so spent a month probably hanging out with just his mom. We probably need to just be more patient, but it’s so hard!

Stay tuned for further kitty updates.

See Part One here

See Part Two here

See Part Three here

See Part Four here

See Part Five 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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