Introducing New Cats

Are you bringing a second kitty into your home? You may have fallen in love with your new feline friend, but chances are your resident kitty won’t be quite as enamored. Cats are very versatile, and are usually able to live with or without other kitties. It can take cats some time to adjust and get used to one another, however, so you’ll want to proceed carefully when it comes to introducing your cats.

Here are some tips on introducing your kitties from your vet clinic Indianapolis:

We strongly recommended that you keep your furballs separated for the first few days. Keeping your new cat isolated in one room will give her a chance to settle in a bit and get used to the way her new home smells and sounds. You can prepare Fluffy’s starter apartment in advance. Be sure to include her litter, cat food, a comfy bed, and lots of toys. Your resident cat will probably spend a good amount of time at the door to this room, smelling her new roommate. You may see a bit of growling and hissing, and perhaps some paws reaching under the door. Be sure to give your resident kitty lots of attention and even some treats when she is visiting your new cat. This will help her form a positive impression of the newcomer.

After a few days, both cats will be at least somewhat accustomed to one another’s presence. While there is no set time frame for introductions, you can gauge it by judging your resident cat’s behavior. First impressions are a very big deal to kitties, so you want to choose a time when things are calm and quiet. Bring the new cat out in a carrier, and let your resident cat approach. If all goes well, you can open the carrier door. You may see some hissing and growling at this stage, and a bit of posturing. This is normal. Monitor the kitties closely, and if they fight, separate them again, and repeat the process the next day.

Cats need time to adjust to a major change, so don’t expect to see your furballs snuggled up together right away. You can expect some hissing and tussling at first, which should dissipate. One thing that will help is to make sure your kitties don’t compete for food or litter boxes. A good rule of thumb is to have one more litter box than you do cats, and to keep separate food dishes.

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