Including a brand new member to your feline household is normally extra thrilling for you than your present cat. Regardless that they’re solitary by nature, most cats ultimately study to just accept or at the least tolerate newcomers. As a result of they’re very territorial, the way in which you go about introducing the brand new cat to your present cat can imply the distinction between success or “cat-astrophe.”
The introduction course of can take as little as 10-12 days for kittens and really younger cats, to so long as 12 weeks for older cats. All of it is dependent upon every cat’s character. Make sure you give your “first” cat loads of consideration. It will assist him really feel safe that he’s not in competitors to your affection.
Confine your new cat to a “safe” room till the introduction course of is full. This ought to be a small room, comparable to a rest room or small bed room that your present cat hardly ever visits. Furnish it with a mattress, scratching submit, meals, water and litter field.
To start with, your first cat might hiss and yowl on the cat on the opposite aspect of the door. Simply ignore him and stroll away. By no means punish him for vocalizing aggressively, it is going to solely trigger bother between the 2 cats. Make sure you reward and pet your first cat when he acts calmly when close to the brand new cat’s room.
After just a few days, take a rag or washcloth and rub it over your new cat as you pet and play along with her. Use a special rag to do the identical factor along with your first cat. At feeding time, put every cat’s scented rag beneath the opposite cat’s bowl. It will assist them affiliate the opposite cat’s scent with one thing positive-food. Numerous little feedings every day will assist them get used to the odor extra shortly. Make sure you renew the scent on the rags every day.
Subsequent, you possibly can feed them in nearer proximity. Hold your new cat in her “safe” room with the door firmly closed, and place every cat’s dish on their aspect of the door. Make sure you feed them on the identical time. As soon as they each eat with no growling or hissing, you possibly can transfer to the subsequent stage of the introduction.
Shut your first cat in a room he likes to frequent, ensuring he has water, some favourite meals and a litter field. Let your new cat out to discover the home. After just a few hours, put her again in her room and let your first cat out. He’ll most likely hiss and fuss when he smells one other cat’s scent in HIS territory. Once more, be affected person and reward him when he acts calmly. Repeat this exercise at the least as soon as a day till each cats appear comfy.
Earlier than you let the cats have full entry to 1 one other, allow them to come nose to nose in a protected scenario. Use two exhausting plastic doorstops to jam the door to the brand new cat’s room open a mere 2-3 inches. Examine that the door cannot be pushed open any additional, and that neither cat can get its head by way of the opening. The thing is to present them an opportunity to swat paws at each other and even go nostril to nostril with out the chance for full physique contact. Feed every cat on their respective aspect of the door. As soon as they not hiss or growl at each other, you possibly can strive taking part in with each of them in the identical room.