Just as one cat can live in one room, so can two cats, but you’ll need a little extra space to ensure both cats’ needs are met. The biggest difference between one and two cats is territory and both cats need the opportunity to establish a specific territory that is all to themselves.
To prepare your home for your new arrival, we recommend that you keep your kitten in a room for the first few days. Preferably this should be a small bedroom or bathroom. You must place a litter box, food and water bowls with him in his room. You want your kitty to have quick and easy access to these things.
It’s okay to bring your cat into a room alone at night, as long as she’s okay with it. It’s not just about locking them up; You have to prepare the room, the cat and yourself. You need to take the time to acclimate them to this new living situation and make sure they are never overly stressed.
That’s fine! And good job at keeping your kitty safe and out of harm’s way. Many kittens stay in a separate bedroom for a while after they get home, so as long as you give them some exercise and toys, they’ll be fine!
As tempting as it may be, avoid letting your kitty sleep in your bed or with the kids. Not only are cats dangerous to your kitten, but they also carry some diseases that can be passed to humans. To avoid injury, it’s best to keep your kitten in a safe place while you both sleep.
Set aside a box with a thick, fluffy blanket so the kitten can hide when she’s feeling a little shy or insecure. Place a padded, washable cat bed in a quiet area away from the food, water, and litter box areas.
When can my kitten start roaming the house? As a rule of thumb, your kitten should be able to roam your home if she has been thoroughly litter box trained and knows how to find the litter box. Your kitten should also know how to access fresh food and water anytime, anywhere in the house.
Vets across the board recommend not keeping a cat cooped up in a room for more than 24 hours at a time. But your cat should be fine if you leave them in a room overnight with a clean litter box, a fresh bowl of water, and a full meal before you close the room door.
In conclusion, if your cat meows at night, you must completely and perfectly ignore it so as not to encourage the behavior. Keeping the cat occupied at night can prevent it from getting hungry or finding creative ways to get your attention.
Nevertheless, there may be times when you need to leave your adult cat alone overnight or longer. (Kittens younger than four months should not be left alone for more than four hours. Older cats can handle another hour or so. By the time they are six months old, they can do an eight-hour tag tolerate unaccompanied.)
Your new cat needs to be in their safe space for at least three days, but some may need longer. Once you feel your cat is comfortable and confident in her room, it’s time to open the door and let her explore the rest of the house. We recommend doing this room by room.
It doesn’t matter if you have a studio apartment or a six bedroom house, kittens don’t need that much space! A small carrier will accommodate a newborn kitten and as it gets older it can be expanded into a playpen or small room.
The new cat should stay in its own room for at least a few days. That space will then smell like the newcomer, and the resident cats will tend to treat the space as the newcomer’s territory. This way, the new kitten will have a place of refuge when you finally open the door.
Whine & Crying
It is perfectly normal for kittens to cry during their first few nights in a new environment. A good idea is to warm a blanket to mimic the warmth they would receive from their mother to make them feel more at home. You can also use a warm blanket for puppies as well as toys to comfort them.