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    Your DD is in for a treat!

    It can be good to keep a new kitten/cat in one room for a week or so to settle in...I tried this with my cat when I first got her but she got so lonely! So she ended up in with me. She was about 10 weeks then & completely fine, kittens are very self-aware & avoid getting squished. If you dont want them to wake you up in the morning, just feed them their main meal at dinner time - this is what we do with some dry food accessible throughout the day.

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    Our kittens always went in with my oldest daughter. They would always attack her at some stupid hour of the morning lol. She ended up kicking them out of her room to go play so she could sleep

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    thanks everyone for the advice @AdornedWithCats and @Demonica

    we adopted not one but two kittens today, they are coming home with us on the weekend but at the moment they are still with their foster mum. she has them with her in her bedroom at night, but she has a litter tray in her ensuite bathroom so that suits them quite well!

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    Yes we have done that before (litter tray in ensuite)!

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    New kittens are so exciting and what a great idea getting 2 at the same time. Least they will have each other for company and to play with

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    I would start off with keeping the kitten contained in a small area at night time with nothing she can hurt herself.

    I had a kitten jump on top of a lamp shade and smash the glass base everywhere within half an hour of bringing her home.

    We lined the cat carrier with towels and popped her in the garage with kitty litter, food and water where she has been quite happy to sleep for the last 9 years.

    Also stops her from waking us up in the middle of night (doing laps round the house) or early morning scratching at the bedroom doors.
    This is what we have done with our 9 week old kitten. He sleeps in the kids bathroom at night and is also in there when we go out. He also runs and hides in his bed when he has had enough of the kids as well

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    hi everyone, thanks so much for the helpful advice and sharing stories!

    our kittens have been with us for 2 weeks now, they are starting to get into a routine where they go to bed with DD about 7.30-8pm, sleep for an hour or so, get up and have a late night play with me and DH in the lounge room, then go back to DD's bed around 10.30-11pm and sleep through the night, as far as i can tell! we keep DD's bedroom door ajar so they can come and go as they please. when summer comes we might take up PP's suggestion and put a cat door in DD's bedroom door so that the aircon can be on with the door shut (we live in the tropics).

    kittens usually get up about 7am-7.30am, around the same time as DD. we keep their bowls filled with dry biscuits so they can munch on those if hungry, so far no problems with scratching at the bedroom doors and meowing to be fed! they also get fed wet food at certain times of the day.

    when we first brought them home we kept them confined to the room with their litter tray for a couple of hours, i popped them in the litter tray a couple of times just to make sure they knew where it was, then we let them into the lounge and they were very good, did not get into any mischief at all. (i did do a lot of reading about kitten-proofing a house so that might have helped!) the first night, they slept in DD's room with the door ajar and managed to find their way to their litter tray during the night - clever kitties! it was a bit of a gamble as i wasn't sure if they would remember how to get from DD's room to the room with their litter tray, but they did very well and we've had no accidents in the house so far (touch wood!) the first week or so we had to kick them out of DD's room while she was trying to go to sleep because being kittens, they play rough and were keeping her awake, but they're now getting into a routine and they will happily go to sleep at her bedtime for an hour or so, then get up for some crazy run around time in the lounge, then go back to sleep on her bed late at night!

    sorry to ramble on but just wanted to let you all know how we got on and thank you again for the advice! demonica you are so right, getting 2 kittens was such a great idea, they are wonderful company for each other and hilarious to watch!
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    Aww congrats! Sounds like they are settling in very well. its amazing how smart little kittens are with finding their litter trays

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    thanks adornedwithcats! they are gorgeous and such funny little characters. we have a boy and a girl, brother and sister, and their sibling rivalry is so funny.

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    Haha yes they must be little jumping beans! They will settled down eventually so enjoy the craziness while it lasts. I still love it when my cats (8 & 4) get all excited & kitten-ish.

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