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Introducing a New Kitten to Your Household Cat
On Father’s Day of this year I decided to get my husband a new kitten for our home. We already had a cat but, she favors me. I wanted to get a kitten for my husband to bond with. I thought this was a great idea! Until, I realized how territorial my cat had become. Really, it wasn’t until we were heading home from the shelter with our new kitten, that it hit me, “How was I going to keep my cat from attacking our new kitten?”
Meet Squirrel. We named her Squirrel because when she plays, she curls her tail up like a squirrel. Don’t let that innocent face fool you! She is a bit of a jokester. I can be sitting relaxed on my couch, she will sneak up behind me, HIT me on the back of my head and run away! She thinks it is hilarious! I swear she even does a little laughing noise as she runs away!
Meet Soul. She is my older sweeter cat, who we have had about five years now. She has never had a playful attitude and really only favors me in our home.
After doing quite a bit of research here are a few tricks and tips I learned on how to introduce a new kitten to your household cat. This is how we got them to get along with each other.
Do Not Introduce Them at First
- When you arrive home with your new kitten, make sure to place them in isolation in a room with their own litter box, bed, food, and water. You do not want to just throw them together in hopes of it working out. It won’t! You can allow the cats to smell each other under the door.
- Once they are aware of each other you could switch out scent items, such as towels on cat beds.
- I wanted the new kitten to bond with each family member so, I switched the kitten between rooms. This also helps the original cat to become familiar with the new kitten’s scent throughout your home. Remember to not allow them to see each other yet.
- Next, you can allow them to see each other without physical contact. I liked to crack open the door to allow them to see each other, only about two inches. You could move to a glass door or baby gate between the two. Start to develop positive associations with no physical contact, such as feeding the cats on opposite sides of a door when cracked opened and when it is shut.
Short Supervised Visits
- When you feel they may be ready, you can allow a short supervised visit. However, make sure to separate them as soon as you see a sign of hostility or fear. You know your kitten’s and cat’s body language by now, make sure they are comfortable. You may need to do this several times before moving forward.
Longer, Carefully Supervised Visits
- Once they feel comfortable allow mingling under very careful supervision for up to a few hours. Adjust the length of time depending upon whether there are any signs of hostilities or stress. Even if things are going great, do not allow free mingling just yet. You need to allow them to rest without fear.
Free Mingling Full Time
- Once the cats start sleeping in close parameters of each other without any issues, they are ready to free mingle all the time. If any issues arise make sure to return to longer carefully supervised visits again.
After taking these steps to get my two cats to get along with each other, I realized it was not my older cat that was the dominate cat. It was actually Squirrel that has turned out to be the dominate cat (and the jokester). She won’t leave Soul alone! Soul just wants to be a lazy cat and sleep all day. Squirrel is young and wants to play! She has Soul on high alert most of the time but, I believe she secretly enjoys the attention.
With two active cats like mine, I get stains on my carpet all the time! Whether they grab a piece of food off the table and run with it or knock over my coffee, I am always finding stains. Squirrel even caused me to spill my coffee one morning! She is very happy everyone is awake in the mornings and loves to play. However, I am not as awake as she is in the mornings!
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