Post # 1
I’m wondering if anyone has got cats and have added to the cat family by getting another cat? We hav 2 cats who are bro and sis and grew up together, we got them the same day. Now have brought home a new kitten and I’m worried our other cats won’t adapt. Any advice or comments? I love my other cats and don’t want them too out of joint for long, but surely they will learn to adapt ???
Post # 3
@nearlymarriedlass: When we got a new cat, we kept them separated for 2 weeks.
We kept the new kitten in our bathroom (along with his own little litter box, food, and water dish.)
Kitten and older cat could sniff each other under the door, paw at each other, hiss at each other, etc… after 2 weeks, we opened the bathroom door and let kitten out.
Our older cat hissed for a little bit, but because we gave them a couple of weeks to smell each other, without invading each other’s spaces, there was no fighting.
Now they’re BFFs, lol.
So just keep them separated, but still able to smell each other, semi-interact with each other, for AT LEAST a week (2 weeks is better though). 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 4
@LadyMoriarty: thank u!!!!! Really appreciate the advice!!!
Post # 5
You can also feed your older cats in front of the closed door to the room where the kitten is. So they learn good things happen around this new addition. If you have a way to keep them separated but still see each other, that can help to slowly introduce them versus just opening the door after X amount of time. I only had my girl cat separated for two days. My boy cat was rolling around and chirping in front of the bathroom door. I thought I was nuts introducing them so fast. I put my boy cat on a leash (becasue I didn’t have anyway for them to see each other but still be separate) and opened the door. He charged and hissed at her once, but has been madly in love with her since about 20 minutes of her coming out of the bathroom!
Post # 6
I have had several cats. Just made an adjustment recently and added a baby kitten named Theodore. Our other 2 cats are 14 and 10, both neutered males. We added a tiny baby neautered male. We kept Theodore seperate from the other 2 adult cats for 2 weeks. I slowly introduced the oldest boy (since he is so kind and loving) by holding Theodore on my lap and letting the older one be at my feet and look at him. Needless to say the little kitten was silent, eyes large, looking a bit timid. The older one hissed a couple times, a little growling – and all I did was talk gently to him and pet him, then pet the little one with his scent and vice versa. That way even when seperated they could still smell eachother on their fur. Then a couple days later I did the same thing with both of them toegther. With-in 1 week they were all running around together, no more hissing or growling. Now they’re a pride and I feel I did my mom job very well Total seperation: 2 weeks, introduction time: 1 week. Total time: 3 weeks, all is well.
Post # 7
I had a two year old male cat, and got a female kitten. He “tried to kill her” for about 4 days. Then, settled down to ignoring her if she kept her distance. Now, over a year later, they still fight. But, they also curl up and sleep together. Most of the fighting is play, but the running/rolling/leaping around the house can get really annoying…
Post # 8
When I lived with my mom we had a siamese cat who was 5 or 6 years old when we added a stray kitten to the mix. The siamese was annoyed for awhile but got over it.