My cats Oreo and Tigger were well established in my apartment, and they were 6 or 7 years old when we had a new young kitty come into our lives. I was very concerned about how they would react to bringing a new furry friend into our home. Now they wrestle around the house, sleep side by side and even watch birds together out the window.
I consulted my veterinarian throughout the introduction process. To help you, I thought I’d share some of the advice he gave me to make the new cat and old cat introductions go smooth.
- First of all, the younger the kitten the better. Younger kittens are easily adjusted to new surroundings. Just make sure your new kitten is at least eight weeks old.
- Remember your new kitten may be stressed and this is normal so you may want to handle it as little as possible at least for a day or so.
- Ease your new kitten into your home. Start by putting them in a private smaller space. This will ensure they are not overwhelmed by a big space right away. In a few days, you can start letting them explore a larger space.
- In this small space, put a litter box, fresh water and the original food the breeder had it on.
- Do not just throw the cats together. You may be tempted to see how they interact right away, but let the new kitten get comfortable with your home first.
- When introducing the kitten to your cat, the older cat may not be a happy camper. This is a normal and natural reaction for the cat to protect his territory.
- Last, but not least do not force your the introduction. Let them check each other out in their own way and time. The most important thing you can do is to be patient and use positive reinforcement.
I hope these tips help you in welcoming your new kitten to your home and cat. Oreo and Tigger have even shed a few pounds with this new interaction and playmate. For me, I’ve enjoyed hours of giggles just watching them play.
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