Bringing Your RagaMuffin Kittens Home
When the time comes to bringing your kitten home, you will want to have all his or her food and water bowls, litter boxes, scratching posts and toys set up in a separate room. A guest bedroom would be a wonderful place. Cats are territorial and current household cats will not like the newcomer. Introduce them (or introduce your new kitten to its new home ) by isolating your new kitten in its “safe” room, letting the household cat/dog smell the newcomer through the cracks under the door. Even if you do not have other animals, it is VERY important that the introduction process for your kitten be followed as described. This process allows your kitten to acclimate to your home with the least amount of stress and also provides the kitten the opportunity to bond with you. I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF FOLLOWING THIS INTRODUCTION PROCESS! Your kitten will be happier and so will you. If you can sleep with your kitten for several nights, that would be ideal. If it is better for you to set up your kitten's “safe” room in your bedroom, so that your kitten can sleep with you, you can do that.
Feed your new kitten in this room and provide the kitten with his or her own litter box. Show the kitten the food, water and litter box when you first introduce the kitten to the safe room. Put your kitten in his or her safe room and allow them to explore, while you sit on the floor and talk to them. RagaMuffin kittens are different in how fast they will adjust. Some will be more hesitant, but if you have patience and follow these instructions, you will not be disappointed!
While you are sitting on the floor allowing your kittens to become accustomed to the smells and noises of their new home, do not force your kitten to come to you. Allow the kitten to initiate contact. Wait until your kitten is comfortable with you before picking the kitty up for cuddles. Spend time with your new kitten in this room, playing and cuddling. A teaser toy is an excellent way to “break the ice” with your new kitten, but be sure not to leave any teaser toy on the floor for your kitten to play with unattended. This play time will enable your new kitty to bond with you before he or she is introduced to the other animals or to the larger area of your home.
After your kitten has become comfortable in his or her room (playing with you and not showing signs of nervousness, and allowing you to hold him or her), gradually allow your new RagaMuffin time out of the room, but only with your supervision. Simply leave the door open in the room where you have been keeping your kitten and allow the kitten to come out and explore. Never leave the new kitten alone with other animals until you are certain that they have become friends. This could take several weeks if you have other animals. If you don't have other animals, it's still important to let your new kitten get used to a smaller area first and then to have the run of the house. With lots of love and this period of bonding, you will have the most wonderful pet you could ever imagine!
Make sure to read the Behavior Training Page for a few tips.