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Thanks everyone--good info. I'm planning to introduce kitten to outdoors very slowly and carefully. I've done it before so have sense of what to do. We live on a very quiet street and cats door will be into the back yard. It won't be allowed out if I'm not home, until it's older and pretty savvy.

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I would suggest getting two kittens around the same age rather than one. Kittens are very hyper and love to play in a way that is totally different than dogs. The first kitten I got I didn't need to do any intros (kittens are waaaay easier to introduce to other pets than adult cats btw) and she loved Nyah right away. As I said however she is a playful kitten and was constantly bouncing around on Nyah wanting her to play... Nyah just looked at her stupid and didn't know what to do. So we ended up getting her cage mate from the rescue two weeks later and they chase each other and kitten play all the time.

As for intros, I'd leave him/her in a seperate room for a few days until it is a bit settled in, then slowly introduce.
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I had rescued a kitten that was only a few weeks old when my Golden, AnnaBelle was about 1. I kept the kitten in a cat carrier, except to feed it, because AnnaBelle was very curious and I was afraid she would unintentionally harm it. After a few days, I left the kitten on the floor to learn to walk and move around. AnnaBelle came running over and started to lick the kitten. From that point on, AnnaBelle had to be with the kitten at all times to clean it off and lick it's rear end to teach it to go to the bathroom. When the kitten left to go to its forever home, I had AnnaBelle in a seperate room. I left her out and she went straight to the spot where I had the cat carrier and looked sadly at me because her "baby" was not there. It was heart-breaking!
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I had rescued a kitten that was only a few weeks old when my Golden, AnnaBelle was about 1. I kept the kitten in a cat carrier, except to feed it, because AnnaBelle was very curious and I was afraid she would unintentionally harm it. After a few days, I left the kitten on the floor to learn to walk and move around. AnnaBelle came running over and started to lick the kitten. From that point on, AnnaBelle had to be with the kitten at all times to clean it off and lick it's rear end to teach it to go to the bathroom. When the kitten left to go to its forever home, I had AnnaBelle in a seperate room. I left her out and she went straight to the spot where I had the cat carrier and looked sadly at me because her "baby" was not there. It was heart-breaking!
Looking back, I wish I would have kept the kitten because of the bond they had but I had already promised her to a loving family that had so badly wanted a kitten to love.
awww... that is such a sweet story. I love how Annabelle is looking at the kitten in the 1st photo, like she's keeping an eye on her little one.
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awww... that is such a sweet story. I love how Annabelle is looking at the kitten in the 1st photo, like she's keeping an eye on her little one.
It was the sweetest thing to see those 2 together! My husband and I are not particurally cat people, mainly because we are both allergic, but this kitten was so sweet! It was just so amazing to see how AnnaBelles motherly instincts kicked in even though biologically it was not hers and had never had any babies of her own. It's funny too because the kitten went to a dear friend's of mine home and she tells me all the time that Milo(the kitten) acts just like a dog. He follows her dog everywhere and does not use a litterbox. He has to go outside to use the bathroom when she takes her dog out to go.

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