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I posted a question last week about a kitten that's living on the street. Fortunately, he survived.

So... I want to move him to my apartment, and he's only a few weeks old. He already recognizes me, so that's a positive.

I also have a very senior spayed female cat with lots of attitude, so there's also that.

Question: what steps should I take to move him to the apartment? I think he's too young to get neutered. Should I have him vaccinated now and then take him to get neutered? I prefer doing all in one vet visit.

Should I put him in a separate room while he gets used to his new home? I already have the litter box, food/water plates, etc.

In any case, what's the best way to move him to the apartment and minimize the chaos?

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    Here's a great summary of How to introduce a kitten to an adult cat. The medical questions are usually decided by a vet, especially when the cat can be neutered. However, young cats should receive several vaccines their first few weeks, so there's probably no option to do all in one sitting.
    – Elmy
    Nov 1, 2022 at 15:07
  • Is your senior cat spayed? That will be an additional factor to consider, so it would be worth adding to your question. Nov 1, 2022 at 15:47
  • My senior cat is spayed.
    – rbhat
    Nov 1, 2022 at 16:24
  • Can I take the kitten to the apartment even though he's not vaccinated or spayed?
    – rbhat
    Nov 1, 2022 at 16:26

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Firstly, and I cannot stress this enough, discuss this with your vet first. And if you don’t have one, get one now. Googling (and posting questions!) is not a substitute. It’s much easier and safer to prevent issues than solve them later.

You say the kitten is a few weeks old, though judging by your previous post it sounds like they are old enough to be independent (~10+ weeks). Just in case it's relevant, there is a big difference week to week in a kitten’s early life in what’s required for kitten care. A four week old kitten is going to need a lot of care and attention and an eight week old kitten will be more mobile and independent (but still need attention!). Kitten Lady has some great resources on determine age and care at various growth stages.

If after reading through what is going to be required of you, you think you’re up for this, and your vet has approved taking the kitten home, start with your kitten in another room, separate from your cat. Sanitize whatever is in that room before they get there and wear clean clothes whenever you engage with the unvaccinated kitten. Do not allow the kitten to share water or food bowls, litter boxes, blankets, etc with your other cat. Separate means separate. This phase could last weeks; it will be up to the discretion of your vet.

When the kitten has had their first round of core vaccines and the vet has approved it, then you can begin slow kitten/cat introductions. Jackson Galaxy has lots of resources on how to slowly and safely introduce cats.

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    Good answer, though judging from the previous post about this particular kitten, I would assume we are more likely talking about 10+ weeks, at least independent enough to roam the streets alone.
    – bgse
    Nov 2, 2022 at 18:38
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    Good point. I'll update my answer but keep most of the info in case it's useful to someone else later. Nov 2, 2022 at 20:14

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