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Transition Specifics, Part II

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Before allowing your kitten access to the rest of the house, be sure you can answer "yes" to the following questions both for yourself, and for any other members of your human household (we'll get to animal friends in the next paragraph).

1. My kitten acts confidently when I am in her room.
2. My kitten allows me to pick her up without running away.
3. My kitten is comfortable being held for a period of time.
4. My kitten allows me to comb her fur.
5. My kitten allows me to play with her feet.
6. My kitten is eating and drinking well and using the litter box perfectly.
7. My kitten enjoys playing interactively with me.
8. My kitten enjoys playing with toys by herself.
9. My kitten is not crying at night.
10. My kitten is using her scratching post and pads and not scratching inappropriate surfaces.

If you can confidently answer "Yes!" to EACH of these questions, then it is time for your kitten to begin to join the rest of the household. If you have been blessed with a more retiring kitten, or one who seems to be taking separation from Mama and litter mates very hard, it is frustrating, especially if friends share how "their" kitten just bopped into their house and took over. Remind yourself that your Siberian kitten will be living with you for the next 12 to 18 years and the time you take now to provide her comfort and time will reap dividends for years. Though it surely may seem that you have "the only" kitten who has ever taken so long to get through each of the phases, it is MUCH, much better to allow her her own adjustment time. She will pay you back one thousand fold in trust, love, and the pleasure of having a comfortable, engaging cat.

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