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Having a party - where to put cat

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Kiroro Mon 03-Apr-17 16:37:50

I'm having a party this week and it will be the first one since getting the kitten. He 6 months old now, not scared of loud noises, is inquisitive about new people but does not like being picked or petted by new people.

Party will be about 15 people and is more drinks and nibbles with some music, rather than full on rave.

I can't shut him in the kitchen/dining room (where his litter tray, food, cat tree etc are) because obviously that where the main action happens at parties. God knows why, since there is always a perfectly nice sitting room but anyway I digress!

Option 1 - kitten stuff in my bedroom with door open so he can come out if he wants (with or without litter tray)

I was thinking keeping my bedroom door open just enough for him, and moving his bed and some favorite toys up there. So he can come and go as he likes and having strict instructions for people not to try and pick him up or go into my bedroom and bother him.

Would this work?

Downside of this is that the litter tray is downstairs. I could put a 2nd one in my bedroom but not sure if this will be a bit confusing for him since he has never had one up there?

Option 2 - shut in my room with litter tray
Or if we are going to put a litter tray upstairs I might as well totally shut him in my room?

Garden isn't fully cat proofed yet so I can't turf him out there like I would have done with the cats at home.

Option 3 - in shed with kitten stuff
I do have a big shed - I could move bed / food / litter tray / toys into that But seems like if I'm going to move a litter tray it would be nicer in my room for him than the shed. Not sure I like the idea of this one!

Trustyourself2 Mon 03-Apr-17 16:58:33

If I've ever had people round, I've always put cats in my bedroom with all of their bits and pieces and close/lock the door. They're very familiar with my bedroom, so they won't be fased by being in there. They don't like the intrusion in to their home, but at least I know where they are at all times.

metalmum15 Mon 03-Apr-17 17:19:53

Same as Trust

Both cats go in our bedroom when we have parties, with favourite bed, toys, some food and litter tray (we do have an en suite so lucky enough to put tray in there ). They're always fine and it doesn't seem to confuse them. Door shut too. Had ours from kittens and would be concerned about them getting downstairs and outside if somebody accidentally leaves a door open. Mine aren't too fond of noise though so more than happy to be out of the way!

Watto1 Mon 03-Apr-17 17:27:23

Ours does as he pleases. I don't specifically put him anywhere but he usually takes himself off to the bedroom when we have guests. Litter tray and food bowls left in their usual places. I doubt your guests will be poking around in your bedroom and disturbing him!

BillyButtfuck Mon 03-Apr-17 17:34:28

Mine go in my bedroom and if it's more than a few hours I'll go and sit with them for 10/15 minutes and keep them company and check they haven't shat in my bed

9GreenBottles Mon 03-Apr-17 17:39:03

6 months old is still quite young. Definitely don't let him have the run of the house as whatever you ask, there will be somebody who tries to pick him up, and if there is any likelihood of anyone being a bit tipsy, they could stand on him.

Big signs on the bedroom door to make sure nobody goes in and lets him out.

IAmTheWorwax Mon 03-Apr-17 17:41:23

I'd put all his stuff including litter tray in your room. See if he's happy enough with that, if people really can't leave him alone then you would have to shut him in.

I don't think I would go with the shed, too confusing for him

Kiroro Tue 04-Apr-17 11:06:16

Thanks for the replies everyone - I think I will put toys/bed/2nd litter tray in my room and leave the door slightly open so if he wants to have a wander or use his normal litter tray he can do.

I'll ave a really big play with him before everyone gets here then feed him so hopefully he'll be sleepy.

RubbishMantra Tue 04-Apr-17 12:33:17

I remember my first party, (BBQ) with Little M in attendance. He sat on everyone's laps demanding food. Then he went quiet. We found him munching on a raw sausage he'd nicked from the packaging. grin

Later on, as we got more drunk, we forgot the sausage had been gnawed, chucked it on the BBQ, and somebody ate it.

YetAnotherSpartacus Tue 04-Apr-17 12:49:10

I doubt your guests will be poking around in your bedroom and disturbing him!

Only coz I'm not invited sad

RubbishMantra grin.

Kiroro Tue 04-Apr-17 12:55:27

I doubt your guests will be poking around in your bedroom and disturbing him!

Thing is... they 100% will go in the bedroom and want to see him/play/cuddle!

dailydance Tue 04-Apr-17 13:03:10

Keep the bedroom door closed imo. It will help with him feeling more secure. If he doesn't like being petted by strangers, then ask them not to. Hopefully you'll hear your bedroom door opening if someone decides to ignore you and poke about your room while playing with your cat.

Kiroro Sun 09-Apr-17 13:35:31

Quick update - kitten refused to stay in my bedroom, spent the evening sitting on his favorite high place spots watching people, then got spoiled with people willing to continually flick da bird toy for him.

We were only 12 people in the end so sat around the dinner table and then all sat down in the sitting room mainly so it wasn't a hazardous party with people walking/dancing.

ElizaDontlittle Sun 09-Apr-17 17:48:53

I love that one 6 m/o kitten managed to have a dozen adults all dancing attendance on him at a party he wasn't even supposed to be at grin

FunkinEll Sun 09-Apr-17 21:16:49

My 2 are a similar age and just hid upstairs with the occasional nose around when we had a party a few weeks ago for our DS.

We had a big, grown up, party when they were 4 months old and we put them in the very local and lovely cattery- we also had to take kids to and from grandparents so this totalled 3 days away so not just the party night. It was too risky to have them here with loads of drunk people and doors to the outside being opened and closed.

Kiroro Mon 10-Apr-17 08:36:36

@ElizaDontlittle he has plenty of practice of getting me to do what he wants!

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