(Closed) Adding another Cat to the family…advice?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2906 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsPinkPeony:  Your vet is right – it could really go either way. If you decide to get the kitten, make sure to introduce them VERY slowly and be prepared that it could take months, if not longer, for them to really get along. There’s a lot of good advice on the internet about introducing a new cat to a resident cat. (ETA: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/introducing_new_cat.html) You’ll need to be able to keep them entirely separate for a while, though, so make sure you have a room that would be comfortable for the kitten for an extended period of time. 

I introduced a new kitten to an older resident cat. It took a long time before they could tolerate each other. They’re pretty good buddies now, but still have some conflicts, even three years later. It’s worth a shot, but make sure you’re ready to be very patient and that you’ll have a plan in place to re-home the kitten (please NOT with a kill shelter!) if it doesn’t work out. Good luck!

Post # 4
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Definitely introduce them slowly. We adopted a one year old female cat then about six months later, we got a male kitten (had him neutered when he was old enough). The kitten stayed in his own room for a while and we introduced them gradually. Our older cat wasn’t thrilled but they grew to tolerate each other. They play fight a lot but it doesn’t usually get out of hand.

Post # 6
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My older cat is pretty “normal.” She’s never been much of a lap cat, but she’s affectionate and loves attention. She’s usually good with new people, unless there are small children or large groups. Our younger cat is the more dominant/territorial of the two.

Post # 7
734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Initially we had my cat and the kitten separated so that she could smell him through the door… but the biggest purpose was because he came from a farm and had worms so we didn’t want them around right away.

You’re supposed to feed them on opposite sides of the door so they can smell each other while they eat or get a rag and rub it on the kitten’s neck and then put it by the adult cat’s food dish.

The adult cat didn’t like the kitten at first. She would sniff him and then hiss at them but especially if the adult is female, she probably will not attack the kitten violently. She might swat, but probably won’t bite or anything.

Over time she will get used to the kitten like our cat and every other cat I’ve known has. Sometimes the kitten plays with her and bites at her but she has never hurt him… most adult (especially female) cats won’t. Sometimes males can get a little iffy because of dominance issues, but they normally don’t hurt the kitten unless they think it has a mom around.

I think they’ll be fine. Just remember that dinner time is when cats relax and you want to associate the new cat’s smell with relaxation, not anxiety.

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