How To Introduce A New Cat To The Household

Posted by in Pet Tips and Tricks | May 14, 2015
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introducing multiple catsHaving multiple cats in the same household can be a lot of fun but new cats have to be introduced slowly to avoid aggressive behaviours.

  • Make sure that each cat has his own resources like a litter box, food dish, water dish, toys, scratches, etc. 
  • Before the cats meet, introduce them by scent. You can take a piece of cloth and rub it in each cat while spending time with them and then bringing the cloth to the other cat.
  • Until the different cat scents are spread around the house the cats should stay separate. Alternate letting them explore the home separately to spread their scents. 
  • When ready to start introducing them to each other start from afar – they should be able to see each other but not come and sniff. Keep that first introduction short
  • Try to engage them in something they enjoy while they are in each other’s presence
  • One you physically introduce them if they show stress you may have to go back a couple of steps, but if they show curiosity and friendliness, reward both cats for being good

 

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