Introducing a New Cat to an Existing Cat? Here's How!

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Introducing a new cat to your old cat can be a daunting task, but if done properly, it can be rewarding for both cats and definitely their owners. The introduction process is essential for the cats to become accustomed to each other, and for their owner to create a safe and harmonious environment for them. While there are many benefits to introducing a new cat, such as increased companionship and social stimulation. Researchers have found that 73.3% of cases recorded early conflict signs between cats, when not introduced with a proper manner. 

Did you know that cats are territorial creatures, and therefore introducing an outsider can be pretty challenging? To stress on the importance, studies record 44.9% households recorded a prolonged conflict actions. The most frequent action was continuous staring. This is not only bad for the new one, but also stressful for the old one. So, this is a must read article if you need to keep both of your cats safe. Not to arouse you, but more extreme conflict actions like chasing, stalking, fleeing, tail twitching, hissing and wailing/screaming recorded as high as 18%. Hence the awareness is important. Share this for others who does not know as well. 

a ginger and white cat hissing
Well, I do not like you

The Step-By-Step Guide to Introduce the New Cat to the Old Cat

  1. Establish a separate space for the new cat

    Designate a separate room or area for the new cat to stay in, complete with familiar objects, toys, food and water. Individual boxes kept in different rooms can be a great choice for their stay if you are a little worried about the budget.  This will help the cats get used to each others smell before they meet.

  2. Gradually introduce the cats

    Allow the cats to see, smell and hear each other slowly. If you can, separate them with a barrier and let them get used to the others presence.

  3. Help the cats get used to each other’s smells

    Put the cats’ bedding, toys, blankets they use and a and also their food items. other objects in the same space to help them get used to each other’s scents. DO NOT keep a common litter box. Always seperate that.

  4. Supervise interactions

    When the cats are finally ready to meet – this should be after around 3-4 weeks, don’t go their sooner, supervise their interactions. Make sure to keep calm and provide plenty of treats and rewards to encourage good behavior. If you see repulsive behaviours in the first 3 steps, delay this step, because this is the most crucial step.

  5. Give the cats time to adjust

    Don’t expect the cats to get along overnight. They are cats, if they do it in overnight, you must change them! It may take time for them to adjust to each other and develop a bond. Be patient and monitor their interactions.

two cats one black and whone with black patches sniffing each other
well who is this handsome boy?
a cat over another protecting the below one
Are you going to hurt my friend? Not Today!!

What NOT TO DO  When Introducing an Adult Cat

  1. DON’T Put the Cats Together Too Soon

    It is important not to put the cats together too soon. Putting the cats in the same room or space before they have had a chance to get used to each other’s scent can cause stress, fear, and aggression. Provide toys, treats and other items to keep them occupied and help them stay calm.

  2. DON’T Force the Cats to Interact with Each Other

    A BIGGGG Mistake! Interacting should come naturally. The cat must decide to interact with the other; not us. It is purely his decision. Long Live Cat Rights!! . Allow them to approach each other at their own pace, and never force them to interact if they are not comfortable doing so. Make sure to reward them for good behavior, such as when they approach each other calmly. If the cats are not getting along, it is best to separate them and try again at a later time.

  3. DON’T Leave the Cats Unattended

    Lastly, it is never a good idea to leave the cats unattended during the introduction process. Monitor their interactions and be prepared to intervene if needed. Be sure to keep both cats safe and happy during the introduction process. Don’t give up too soon; it may take some time for the cats to form a bond.

Introducing a new cat or kitten to an existing cat can be a challenging process. However, with the right approach and plenty of patience, it is possible to successfully introduce a new cat to an old cat. Establish a separate safe space for the new cat, help the cats get accustomed to each other’s smells, supervise their interactions and give them time to adjust. Be sure to avoid putting the cats together too soon, forcing them to interact with each other, and leaving them unattended during the introduction process. Additionally, provide plenty of distraction for both cats and reward them for good behavior. With the right steps, you can help create a safe and welcoming environment for both cats.

In conclusion, introducing a new cat or kitten to an existing task. However, with the right steps and plenty of patience, it is possible to successfully introduce a new cat or kitten to an existing cat. Be sure to always monitor their behavior for off effects and provide plenty of love and attention during the process. With the right approach, you can help create a safe and welcoming environment for both cats.

two cats sleeping peacefully
Perfect bed for two cuties

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