If you are reading this, chances are you already own a fur baby and now you are thinking of getting a new one added to your family. Cats are very territorial in the sense that they like to know they are the kings and queens of their home so by introducing a new member will make them feel less in control and they would then in turn treat the other cat with hostility.
There are some rare cases where you will find a cat to be friendly and welcoming to a next feline, but like I said, very RARELY.
I have had an instance where one of my cats that I owned a while back would go wandering for days and one day he returned with a friend. He was very happy and loving towards his new friend and I ended up keeping that cat as well (didn’t really have a choice in the matter, because he kept coming back lol), he was a very sweet, adorable animal. It took him a while before he got accustomed to me though but he eventually did and he became part of the family. I named him “Squatter”.
In the not so rare cases, there would be cat fights, so to avoid that from happening there are steps you should take from the beginning. It’s better to be prepared and have a happy introduction.
Your existing kitty will already have access to the whole house because it’s his house, but for an introduction to take place, you will need for these two kitties to be separated for a while. They are going to need their own space to be comfortable in, so make sure to have a separate room for when the new kitty arrives. Don’t let the two cats see each other as yet. In this room you are going to have to fully equip it with a water bowl, feeding bowl and a litter box. Your new kitty has to get accustomed to his new space so put a few toys in there for him as well.
Even though your current kitty hasn’t seen the new kitty as yet doesn’t mean he doesn’t know that he is there. Cats do sense these things. After a few days when you think your new cat is comfortable enough, the introduction part has to take place. This has to be done in a completely different space, where either of them are not using as a room to sleep in. This way neither of them will feel like their space is being invaded.
Make sure the room or space you choose to do the introduction, is safe for you and for the cats. You have to be prepared for any attacks or bites on you and on your furniture. The room therefore needs to be spacious with easy exit routes so that they wouldn’t feel confined. Let your current kitty into the room first, let him be comfortable and then introduce the new kitty to him. What you can do, if there is someone else with you when you are doing this, let them sort of distract one of the kitties by playing games with him or just by patting and stroking him to make him calm. Have treats on hand so they will associate the whole interaction as something positive.
HOW TO MAKE THE CATS GET ALONG
Truth be told there is no way to make this happen. Cats are cats, they each have their own unique personality and only they can decide whether or not they want to be friends, playmates, caring siblings or just rivals. You can’t force them to like each other, all you can do is just give them their space and only time will tell. Also, you will need to give your new cat time to be able to adjust to you (his new owner), his surroundings and his new feline companion.
What you can do is:
TREAT ALL CATS EQUAL
We all know cats to be the jealous type, some show it distinctively while others just keep to themselves. This is not good for anybody, you need to treat each cat the same, give them both the same amount of attention, love and support. By doing this neither of them will feel neglected nor have the need to fight for their owner’s love. Let them have the same type and amount of food and toys.
You have a new cat in your home so you also have to make this one comfortable in his surroundings, your current kitty is already comfortable so now you just need to give them time to adjust and get accustom to each other and all the changes around them.
USE OF PHEROMONES
You may opt to use a cat calmer if you think it is needed. There are a few on the market you can choose from that are made from all-natural ingredients and are quite safe to use.
WHAT NOT TO DO
If you are taking advice from others, they might tell you to do the whole introduction in an unknown territory for both cats. They will say that having both cats in a different atmosphere will help them to adjust together at the same time. Being in a different space will be overwhelming for both cats when it comes to the different sights, smells and sounds. This in turn will make them quite timid and not open to each other.
Leaving personal belongings hanging around the area where your cats are going to be can be a cause for concern. If these objects are fragile and/or have some sentimental value then you would want to keep these items away. These cats may have an array of mixed emotions in their new environment and may cause them to be quite destructive by jumping on surfaces.
There you have it, a complete guide on how to go about introducing your cat to a new cat and how to make sure they get along in the process as well. Patience is the KEY word here if you don’t get the results you expected, both cats need time to get used to each other.