(Closed) Introducing a new cat to resident cat

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I adopted by boy cat at around one year of age, and had him for a year before getting my girl cat (she was also about a year old).  My integration of them was not what I would think is super typical, it went very smoothly.

When I brought her home I took her right to the bathroom and he hissed at the carrier.  She was in the bathroom and I would go in, pet her, and then come out and pet him.  He got fed in front of the bedroom door.  Whenever I went in and out, he would hiss at her if he saw her through the door.  On the second day, he started rolling around and rubbing himself all over the door.  I thought it was crazy but went ahead with introducing them.  I didn’t have a way to separate them while they could still each other so I put my boy cat on a harness and leash.  He charged at her once, but she just jumped on the bed like “whatever, I live here now”.  They have been madly in love with each other ever since.

For the first two weeks I did separate them when I wasn’t home, but it was mostly because my girl cat was underweight and not a great eater.  Plus she had just been spayed so didn’t want any issue with her incision if they were running around during the day.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@rcac1208:  This past May, we introduced a female kitten to our 5 year old female cat. My cat has never been around other cats and hates everyone but me. We were not sure how to do it but after research it only took us two weeks before the cats could be together successfully.

  • we kept them in separate rooms for a week, letting them smell under the door.
  • we purchased the Feliway Comfort Zone plug in to help with the stress for the cats.(really helped keeping them calm)
  • in the second week, we slowly introduced the cats, closely monitoring them together.
  • for a month, we would only let them be together as long as we were at home.

After a month, we didn’t have to worry about separating them when we left the house. It has only been 5 months and they are already cleaning each other, playing, sleeping and eating together.

hope this helps and good luck!

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