Meow do you do? We are your resource for all things cat and all things Litter-Robot: tips and tricks, health and humor, and general feline fun. Getting a kitten is one of the most exciting things that can happen in life. However, if you already have a resident kitty at home, there are some necessary steps to introducing your new kitten in order to ensure that both cats live harmoniously. It is not advisable to bring your kitten home and immediately introduce it to your resident kitty. Rather, you want to have a safe room ready to go.
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Many cat owners do not realize their friendly, single adult cats may have trouble getting along with a new kitten. A new kitten is typically eager to make friends, but the older cats in the household may want nothing to do with the younger one. Often times the older cats will appear sad, reclusive, hiss a lot, and sometimes even stop eating if it isn't adjusting well to the new member of the family. These behaviors are because cats do not like change, especially when it involves their established territory. Introducing a kitten to an adult cat can cause a lot of stress in your household, but there are some things you can do to help make the introduction go more smoothly. Preparation is the key to a successful introduction of a new kitten to your older cat.
How to introduce a new kitten to your resident cat
Bringing a new cat or kitten into your home and allowing them to meet your resident cat can be quite a nerve-racking experience. Introducing too quickly with little preparation will often lead to cats feeling threatened and scared, which increases the chance of aggressive behaviour being shown. Once cats feel this way about each other, it can be extremely difficult to change their minds. A slow and careful introduction using this leaflet as a guide will hopefully prevent this from happening at all, and should lead to a peaceful co-existence for all concerned. Cats have very different social needs compared to dogs and people.
Join Now. Bringing a new kitten into the household is a special and exciting time for all the family Regardless of how good-natured your current cat is, she's still a cat and is therefore instinctively very territorial and aware of her place in a strict social pecking order.