New Kitty Worries!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Congrats on the new kitty!  I don’t have cats, but I’m going to bump this for the morning Bees who may be able to help 🙂

Post # 4
4296 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would just let them do their thing. So long as no one is being actually injured, they will figure it out on their own.

Congrats on the new furbaby 🙂


Post # 5
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I agree with RoyalLime.  I’ve had several cats in my life and had to introduce new ones many times, they will work it out on their own.

Post # 6
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Did you separate them first or just have them all together right from the start?  Cats should be separated and slowly introduced to help prevent aggression.  If you have not done so already, separate the new kitten to a bedroom or bathroom.  Feed your old cats in front of the door, pet them, play with them, so they learn good things happen around the scent of the new cat.

Here are some tips for introducing cats:

Post # 7
1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sangriiia:  Cats typically take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to get used to a new pet. I’ve had several cats over the years, and only once have I ever had a cat that didn’t get along with the others. He was male, dominant, and tried to establish dominance over the other 2 boy cats (terrorizing them). Needless to say, he was given to a good friend who had a girl cat that he got along with just fine.

I think your kitties will be fine, just give them some time to get used to each other.


Post # 8
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@sangriiia:  I second PPs. Keep the new kitten in a separate room for about a week. Slowly introduce the cats by taking a sock or something and putting the new kittens scent on it and then give it to your resident cats to get used to. You can also put their food bowls on opposite sides of a door so they can eat near each other. It can take awhile, but the best thing to do is to keep them separate for awhile.

Post # 9
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sangriiia:  My vet told me to keep them separated but put a towel on where they usually sleep – and exchange their towels every few days so they get used to eachothers smell.  She also told me to always have them eat together since animals bond when eating.  Make sure the cats have eye contact with eachother, and move them closer together each feeding.

Post # 12
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@sangriiia:  good luck! It took about a week for us to introduce our cat to our new kitten, but it all worked out! I’m sure you’ll be fine 🙂

Post # 13
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Cats are extremely territorial and it does take weeks for newcomers and current residents to get used to each other. One does not simply dump a new pet into the family without some kind of problems arising. I rescued a cat from State Game Lands Last August and he is still not 100% integrated into the household. Newcomers should have their space limited and gradually expanded as the resident cats become more tolerant.

Post # 14
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Just wanted to recommend Feliway! I have no idea if it actually works, lol, but it seems to help my kitties when they’re stressed. You can buy it in a spray or a diffuser that you plug into a wall outlet. We moved twice within two months and had very little cat stress–I think the Feliway is part of the reason why!

Post # 16
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Feliway is good stuff, I’ve used it and liked it.

I have 3 cats, and let me ease your worries with an anectdote of my own. When I brought home the second cat, the older one hated him. To this day, they don’t much care for each other, but they at least leave each other alone. When we got the third one, the older one took to her, and the middle cat HATED her. He would hiss at her, growl at her, and swipe at her.

After the novelty wore off and he wasn’t suffering from change shock (cats can be so touchy about change), he seemed to tolerate her. Within a week, they were best friends. They still lay together, groom each other (well, she grooms him), and play together all the time. He’ll chase her to one end of the house, she’ll chase him back. They sit in the window and watch the birds together. She’ll jump on the cat tree and sit on his head until he lets her in. It’s all really quite sweet.

So give it some time, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

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