How to introduce two cats to each other? The best approach is to think like a cat and see the situation through the cat’s eyes. Here are two fantastic videos showing how to introduce a cat to another cat. Take a look and share your experience!
Shorty and Kodi, two cats that are going to live in one family. Shorty is the current family resident, while Kodi, the kitten, is a new member. Tips their cat parents used to introduce the kitties to each other:
Watch how these cat introduction tips worked in reality:
Watch Teego and Freya demonstrating how to introduce an 11-weeks-old new kitten to a 6-years-old Bengal cat for first time. Their cat dad has done a fantastic job filming the cat behaviour!
Quite a few of us do not use a slow introduction. Is that good or not? From my experience, it all depends on cats’ personalities. Some cats are outgoing and welcome new cats. Other cats like to be on their own and to be kings or queens of the territory.
If you have previously introduced other cats to your existing ones and it went very smoothly, the “here is our new family member, live with that” method may work. Although if the new cat is stressed by a rapid introduction, the new kitty may have behavioural and litter tray problems. The safest bet is a slow introduction.
Things to remember – a cat-to-cat introduction can take time. Let cats adjust to each other’s smell. Always give the new cat a place to hide – it can be a carrier in which you brought the kitty. Have separate litter boxes. Don’t force to eat from the same bowl.
Whether your cats will cuddle with each other over time depends on cats’ personalities. Some cats are truly solitary. They don’t show aggression towards other cats in the family. They happily share some playtime. But they like to be on their own and follow their own rules. Such cats are not likely to cuddle with others or it can take a long time, may be years, before that will happen.
Although we all want a happy picture of our kitties cuddling with each other, it can look ideal only in our, human, eyes. From a cat’s perspective this may be not an ideal situation. It is okay if your cats don’t cuddle with each other. Accept them who they are. Showing respect to their need and desire to be alone, or separate, is a quality of a caring cat parent.
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How did your cats’ “first time” go?
How do they do now? Share in the comments below.
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