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Hi, Julie. This process takes a lot of time when you are placing kittens with older cats. The older cats not only feel that its their job to set firm boundaries but kittens have only learned so much about acceptable cat-to-cat interactions as kitten hood is all about play.I recommend moving the enclosure into an active part of the house like the living room, there the established cats spend a lot of time and are more apt to be expected to socialize. Given the chance, they will often avoid. This allows kitten to see and learn about the established cats safely and it also allows the adult cats to interact and establish boundaries without anyone being stressed or harmed. Now, you're still going to see hissing and puffing of the fur, but this should quickly end. Once the established cats are ignoring her entirely or even socializing nicely, you can allow her a few hours out of the enclosure at a time over a week or so and then move up to full time out of the enclosure. I would recommend if this is a small enclosure to let kitten have the bathroom again at night to stretch out and enjoy rest time.
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Thanks for your response, Julie. It sounded like the enclosure was in the bathroom for some reason.What type of enclosure are you using? Pics may help, as well.
Perfect. Changing from the netting and canvas may give you faster results. Ideally, we want them to be able to easily see each other from a distance and have eye contact without having to approach the kennel. Something like a large dog kennel that's wire would be ideal. 36" and above provide ample space for a bed, food, water and a cat box (I like covered so the kitten can hide if they wish).