When you decide to add a new cat to your home, it’s normally more exciting for you and your family than for the cat you already own. Although most cats are solitary by nature, most will accept or eventually tolerate any addition. Cats can be very territorial, which is why you should always be careful when introducing a new cat to your current cat.
If you are introducing kittens to each other, the whole introduction process can be short and only take 10-15 days. Introducing cats to each other depends on their temperament and personality. When introducing a new cat to your current cat, you should always make sure that you give it lots of love and attention. This way your cat will feel safe and know that he is not competing with your new cat for affection.
When you bring your new cat home, you should let it stay in a safe room until you are done introducing the cats. Your safe room can be any small room in your home, such as a bathroom or guest bedroom. The key here is to use a room that your current cat doesn’t fit into. In the room, you should leave your new cat a scratching post, a bed, a drinker, a litter box, and a food dish.
At first, your current cat may howl and hiss when he stands in the doorway, trying to tell the other cat that he doesn’t belong. When this happens, you should ignore it because punishing your cat for its behavior will only make the problems worse. After a while, the first cat will start acting calm when near the new cat’s door. When he starts to act calm, you should pet him and praise him.
When your first cat starts walking past your new cat’s door and doesn’t howl or hiss; you can start introducing them to each other. The best way to do this is to get them used to each other’s scent. You can start letting them eat from the same food dish, although you want to feed them at different intervals at first. This way, each cat’s smell will be present in the food dish, and each cat will get the smell when they eat their food.
Once both cats get used to the smell, you can start feeding them closer together. To do this, you must keep your new cat in the secure room with the door closed, and your first cat on the other side of the door with its food dish. This time, feed both cats at the same time. After doing this several times, they should start eating without hissing or growling. At this point, they are ready to be introduced to each other.
When you present them in the same room, expect a bit of growling and hissing. Although they may be used to each other; your first cat will always feel a little uncomfortable with your new cat in its territory. You should play with them both first so that they can smell and greet each other in their own way. If they start fighting, you need to separate them and give them some time apart.
It may take some time for them to fully get used to each other, but once they do they will become playmates for life. Cats like to be social, although it can be a bit difficult at first, especially for your first cat. Cats can be very territorial, especially if you have a kitten around. Getting them used to each other early will make it much easier to add future cats to your home.