(Closed) Introducing new kitten to resident (slightly scaredy) cat

posted 3 years ago in Pets
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Hi! I have three happy cats. I’m glad to see you’re doing what you’re doing. Since the meeting will be heavily supervised, there is no harm in formally introducing them for a small amount of time. If it doesn’t work out (ex: the resident cat becomes aggressive), then the kitten is simply put away and you repeat all of the earlier processes and work up to a face-to-face meeting again. Even if you do a face-to-face though and it goes relatively well, I would still put the kitten away at night or if you’re going to work/running an errand/etc. I did that for a while even after the meetings just to make sure that my resident cat(s) didn’t get any ideas when I wasn’t watching them.

My male cat growled and hissed until he met my second cat in person. Then he wasn’t at all threatened by her once he got up close. My third cat was a bit more challenging because my second cat didn’t care for him too much, but I just left him in his own room for longer until she finally accepted him. They’re all currently laying next to me on the couch. smile

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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mrswhiskers :  I think you are just going to have to put them together under supervision for their first actual meeting. They have to establish their pecking order and its probably better to do it earlier than later. Your older cat will see her as less of a threat the smaller the kitten is.

We have a male cat that was about 10 years old when we introduced a female kitten into our home. He got hissy when she excitedly came up to play with him for the first time. She just backed off immediately after she heard his cues. They are firm friends 4 years on but when she comes up and purposely annoys him, he will swipe at her hard and fling her about a meter away. He never hurts her but gives a nice warning when she oversteps. He could have killed her or injured her at anytime but he never has. 

Hope all works out for your new family 😊

Edited….because I want some Kitty pictures!!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

That’s a very encouraging sign! Pretty kitties! I have two solid black male cats and a chocolate torti (so basically black with orange and gold splotches).smile

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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mrswhiskers :  Firstly, both are adorable. Secondly, it sounds like you are doing a top job of trying to get new kitten settled in with existing cat. These things take time. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Ohhhh they are both so cute! I think they’ll do just fine from the sounds of the first meeting! Next thing you know, they’ll be playfully wrestling and basking in sunny spots together. πŸ™‚

Also knowing that your first cat has an out-going and friendly personality increases the likelyhood of both kitties getting along just fine, if not becoming best buddies.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts

mrswhiskers :  OMG!! beautiful cats! I love them! Well, I love all cats. I’m a crazy cat lady! Anyway, I think what you are doing is great with how you are introducing them. It is actually what our vet suggested when we got our second cat. They got into a few fights, but now he could really care less about her. She does have a tendency to go up to him and swat and/or hiss at him if he gets too close to her. I feel bad. He just wants to love her! They are about 3 years in age difference.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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mrswhiskers :  aww omg they are beautiful! I say keep doing what you’re doing and let them have more face to face visits. They will slowly get accustomed to each other. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Your furbabies are absolutely gorgeous!

We’ve only got 1 kitty, but had to go through a similar process when we got our dog a few years ago. Our cat was about 5.5-6yo at the time, and our dog was about 2 years old.

It took a lot of hissing/growling/barking and quite a few months and repeated supervised meetings before our kitty and our dog were able to walk around each other normally but I am extremely happy we persevered as they get along fantastically now, even napping together! Occasionally, our dog will get a little too playful but one warning swipe from our kitty and everything settles.

Keep us posted with your progress! 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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mrswhiskers :  thanks for the pictures. Your cat’s are adorable!!!

Glad to hear all is going positively at this point! Can’t wait for a snap of them together having a cuddle and sleep together!🐈🐱🐱🐈

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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mrswhiskers :  Oh wow, they are super adorable together! Well done on such a marvellous job getting them together!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

This is exactly what I fantasize about when I ponder whether we should get a sibling for our cat! So cute 😻

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