kittens rushing the door

tx_kat

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We kept two of the kittens from the litter we rescued a couple of months ago.  They are only 13 weeks old now.  They stay in our guest room, separated from our adult cats.  When we had 5 kittens, we started with just the door closed, but all the kittens would rush the door when we opened it.  We put a baby gate across the door, but the kittens started climbing the baby gate. 

Now that we are down to just 2 kittens, we leave the door to the room open and have baby gates stacked floor-to-ceiling in the hallway so the kittens can see more of what's going on in the rest of the house and the adult cats can see the kittens more, and hopefully get more used to seeing them.  Whenever my husband or I come to the baby gates, they rush the gates, trying to get through any opening possible.  We don't want them to get out yet.  While we're 99% sure that our male cat wouldn't do anything to hurt them, we're not sure about our female cats (they still sometimes hiss and growl at the kittens).  One of the kittens weighs just over 2# and one of the females weighs 17# (a seriously unfair match-up).  Also, part of our house isn't "kitten proofed" yet. 

I know that they must get lonely and are excited to see us, and they probably just want to explore the rest of the house and play with our male cat (their buddy who goes in to play with them every day).  However, is there a way to keep them from rushing the baby gates and trying to escape whenever we we open the baby gates?  One that doesn't involve squirting water at them and/or making loud noise (one of the kittens is shy and skittish)?  Using the laser pointer sometimes works, but not all the time.
 

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When we were fostering kittens I found that giving them treats or tossing a favorite toy just as we were about to open the door distracted them enough for us to get out of the room.
 
 

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I have a very large canvas tote bag that I keep right outside the door to my foster room. When I am about to enter the room I take the tote and put it in front of me on the floor and push my way in LOL. It must look like an enormous black wall to the kitties. Once I am in the room I put it on the doorknob and when I leave I do the same thing, backing out of the room with the tote between me and the kitties. Augh!

I have also done what Mrs Freya said, thrown a toy to the back of the room but mine don't always go for it 


It sounds like you are doing wonderful things for your kittens, that is so nice of you :-)
 
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