Adopted a new kitten- How to integrate him into house with our cat?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
1473 posts
Bumble bee

I have never had to deal with this, but I did see this on TV so I wonder if it could work for you. 

To introduce two cats, what they did was have the cats separated by a door – like what you explained. Take some cat food and see how close to the door you can get the food before your cat won’t eat it. You want to put the food far enough away that your cat is comfortable eating. Keep feeding both cats this way, and gradually inch the food closer to the door. This could take weeks, I think it depends on the cat. Each day, move it a smidgen closer – or as close as your cat is comfortable getting.

The goal is to have the food right up against the door on both sides eventually, so the cats are eating and happy as close to each other as possible. When you achieve this, open the door while they’re eating and let them eat together (be nearby to close the door if you must). Then close the door when food time is over. Then you could try having them meet through the carrier so they can see each other but not touch and see what happens. 

 The idea is that they associate each other’s smells as a good thing. I don’t know if it works, or if this extreme gradual approach is necessary but it looked like it worked on TV! Swapping the blankets and and everything is a very good idea too. 

Good luck with everything!

Post # 3
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Last year I brought home a eight week old kitten and I have a three year old cat and ten year old dog. Both my pets are really good with other animals so I just let the kitten explore and everyone was completely fine. No hissing, etc and my two cats have been best friends ever since. I think you’re doing everything exactly right. I previously had an adult cat and brought in another adult cat and followed much the same steps you are doing. After about a week of seeing each other (I built a milk crate barrier between the door opening in two rooms, one cat jumped over, they met and were fine after a few minutes of tense sniffing.

At the animal shelter I work at we have large communals that our cats live in and we often have up to 15 cats in a room. There are spats from time to time but I’m always amazed how well they get along. As long as they each have their own space and places to retreat on their own, everything should work out.

Post # 4
2189 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Your plan sounds pretty good. Just make sure you do things slowly. Your older kitten might take a while to adjust. Are the cats fixed? If not, I would do that pronto to help with aggression/marking territory.

Post # 5
3047 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It sounds to me like you’re doing everything just right! We had the same scenario a few years ago, with a tiny kitten and a very unhappy 3-year-old cat. My husband slept on the sofa with the older cat for three days while kitten and I slept in our bedroom (well, slept and slept… small kitten jumped on my head through the dark hours of the day) and through that time we slowly introduced them to each other. The kitten was just a bundle of happiness for the entire transition period, and the older cat slowly started to soften up. The “breaking point” came when we took them up to our cottage about a week after we got them. The first night turned out way chillier than we had thought and the two of them just snuggled up automatically. Then our older cat, that has a washing fetish, realized that he now had this tiny creature that he could pinch down and force wash whenever he wanted. LOVE was born and today they are the best of friends.

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