Join Date: Apr 2009
Dogs Name: Richter; Sypha; RIP Shanoa & Simon
Titles: Richter: CAA L1V NW1 L1I L1E L1C NW2 L2V ACT1 RATI WAC; Sypha: NW1 NW2 L1C L1V L1E RATI SOG WAC
Dogs Age: d.o.b. 7/13/2012; d.o.b. 12/6/2015
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Kittens are doing very well. They've spent a decent amount of time with the adult cats (in short bursts). Everyone is doing very well together, but we'll continue to take it slow.
They had their first meeting with the dogs yesterday. The dogs were a little too excited. First meeting was in my sewing room, and the dogs couldn't settle down and relax. The kittens weren't overly stressed, but I didn't like how the dogs were winding up. Later we took the kittens to the living room and put them in a crate so they were safe. The dogs had a hard time settling again (NEW! EXCITING!), but after a little while I fed them their dinner in snuffle mats and they totally ignored the kittens at that point. After they ate they were much less interested in the kittens. I ended it soon after, and the plan is to have the kittens down in the crate for dinner time each night so we start building positive associations while they eat and so they aren't very exciting. It's also just taking time to let them get bigger - they are still pretty small and vulnerable. I don't think either dog would intentionally hurt them but I am very, very cautious. When they stop seeing the kittens as very interesting in the crate we can start setting up a lot of gates and try having the kittens out downstairs, and dogs on leash. I don't really want to restrain them, since restraint increases drive, but that will be for safety. But we're not close to that yet.
We'll be doing a lot more time out and mixing with the adult cats upstairs - that's going very well.
Richter & Sypha
Glengate's Mountain Fortress CAA ORT L1E L1C NW2 L2V L2I ACT1 RATI SOG WAC
& Sirai's Golden Masquerade ORT L1V L1E L2C L2I NW2 RATI SOG DOG TKN WAC
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