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Last Post by Roberta at 8/07/2012 3:32 PM (5 Replies)
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User is Offline Kai Loves Olive
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8/07/2012 7:20 AM
I haven't posted on here in forever! (though I regularly stalk the forum lol)
My problem is My sister just got a 4 month old kitten and she lives with me. Olive (the bunny) is ok with the kitten, he acts like the kittens some weird alien in his house =P and the kitten hasn't done anything to worry me yet, but he does go into this weird stalker predictor mode every so often, and I've only supervised them together for 2 weeks, there is no way they can be alone together right now. The problem is that the cat can jump the baby gate into olives room (an 8ft X 2ft closet under the stairs) and my sister is insisting the kitten can sleep downstairs. I work nights and can't be there to put olive in my bedroom. My sister refuses to have olive out when I'm not home (he likes to chew walls and what not)

Blah blah blah complicated story and the question is: is there any way I can make a space for olive that is not a cage, that the kitten can not jump in? and I really don't want to build some giant nic cube condo, I admire them but they are impossible for me to build, I've tried

Thanks you guys sorry if that was long winded. Any ideas are appreciated I'm about to kill my sister and lock the cat in her room (joking...)

Also is there anyway to discourage them from getting into each others litter I doubt it, just wondering.

User is Offline skunklionshow
City of Brotherly "Shove"
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8/07/2012 7:29 AM
I propose trying to teach them to get along w/ each other.  They can co-exist despite the different communication systems.  I do have a few cats that have attempted the stalk on my rabbits, but both rabbits seem to be faster than the cats (really I was surprised).  Also bunnies are able to defend themselves and let a cat know they have no interest in their shananagins (sp?).  You could try clipping a sheet over the pen, which will likely deter the kitten, but my feeling is that if she keeps kitten's claws trimmed, they can co-exist and maybe become friends.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Ghandi

User is Offline TH004
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8/07/2012 7:48 AM
A friend of mine has 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits and two kids (maybe her house is an ark...). Personally, cats with rabbits scare me to death. When she got her first cat, it stalked the bunnies. I told her to keep an eye out (the bunnies had a bun condo with an open run area-- easy for the cat to jump into). When I visited a few months later, the cat had jumped into the open area and was just sitting there, hanging out with his friends, the rabbits. Weird. Anyway, she taught them to be friends, so I guess it can be done! Maybe it was easier because it started as a kitten. We had a fully grown cat stay with us for a little bit, and it didn't go as well.

User is Offline Kai Loves Olive
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8/07/2012 1:21 PM
Thanks, it's good to be reassured theyll be ok together. Since I posted that the kitty was bothering olive so Olive growled at him and chased him away! Haha I think kitty will learn soon enough. And i feel like the litter box thing is just going to require close watching and training.
I feel better

User is Offline Malp_15
British Columbia, Canada
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8/07/2012 1:58 PM
I have always had cats and rabbits in the same house together. I make the litterbox situation work by putting the cat boxes in areas where the buns can't/don't go into to and I make sure that the cats know that the buns cage/pen/whatever you're using is BUN ONLY. They are not allowed in there for any reason. The rabbits and buns can hang out together in neutral territory.

User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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8/07/2012 3:32 PM
How about a couple of meters of cat netting, the kind they use to create safe cat habitats in yards. Glue some press studs round the door frame and fix it on that way when you are not home.

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