OMG! Living with two cats or more
Cats are extremely territorial and introduction of a new cat into the household is always a tricky affair. How quick the older cat accepts your new kitten depends on the cat itself.
Some cats are laid back and accept the kitten within days of its introduction, while other will hiss and growl at the kitten for many weeks.
It is customary to ascertain that there is no hostility between the two cats before introducing them face to face. Be patient as cats are not humans, they take more time to get accustomed to a new environment.
Introducing Two Cats
Cats are creatures of routine and habits. They become unsettled when anything out of the ordinary happens and it causes them a lot of stress.
Thus the main approach to introducing your new kitten to your old house cat is to do the introduction slowly and in stages.
The new kitten will also feel stressed because it has to adjust to a new surrounding and so you must provide a safe area of the house for the kitten which is inaccessible to your older house cat. Any part of the house is good as long as it has a door that shuts firmly.
The first stage of the introduction is for the cat and kitten to get accustomed to each other’s smell. This is a very important issue in the multi cat world. The two cats will detect the smell of each other even if the door is closed and will probably scratch at the door or bang its head there.
Do not let the cat get into the room while the kitten is still there. If the gap under the door is wide enough, some paw interactions might take place, which is cool. Just keep the claws of the cats clipped.
The Real Test
Once you are sure that your older cat is not showing any kind of hostility towards the kitten, you can opt for a face to face interaction BUT you should monitor every move minutely and remove the kitten if you see any kind of hostility.
Some older cats will hide under the bed, refuse to eat and strut around the house and show other anti-social cat behavior, but that is normal and will subside within a month. The hostility will subside, the two cats may never be friends, but they will ignore each other’s presence.
The outcome of the introduction is unpredictable and should be monitored carefully.
Each cat should have their own:
- litter box
- food bowl
- water bowl
Each cat is special and should be treated that way. Give a few minutes each day for love and affection to each of your purrful friends.