Introducing a New Kitten to your Existing Cat

Are you thinking to bring a new kitten to your home? Such an exciting news for everyone except
for your older cat. Most cat owners do not understand that their pleasant, single older cat may find
it difficult to get along well with a new kitten. Usually, a new kitten is ready to make buddies, but
your older cat in the house may not want anything to do with the new ones. The secret
for successfully introducing a new kitten to your cat is preparation. If you train your older cat for
the arrival of the new kitten and change things gradually to make them less drastic, then it will
accept its new fellow more easily. Take your time to prepare your older cat and yourself before
welcoming the new kitten.

Introducing a new kitten to your cat

When cats and kittens find themselves in one home, there are days they could be best friends one
minute and mortal enemies the next. A major problem is that cats are very possessive and if one
has adopted a corner of the room as his personal space, he will not hesitate to display his distaste
if a kitten so much as goes close to it. On the flip side, kittens may try to draw the attention of the
older cat by doing the “forbidden”. If you look closely, you will see that kittens are similar to little
children in certain ways. You may need to learn some of the tips for introducing a new kitten to
your cat.

Prepare a separate space for the new kitten

Before introducing a new kitten to your cat provide him his safe place. This room will offer a
sense of connection for the new kitten and a spot to escape if the rest of the things ever become
unbearable.
Choose a place from which you can maintain the distance between your older cat and the new
kitten. Place a water bowl, food bowl, and a lot of toys to keep the new kitten busy when you are
away from him. For optimum comfort, also provide him secure places for hiding and sleeping.

Get them used to each other’s scent

When both cats in their new spaces are cozy and comfortable, you can start introducing them to
one another in a passive way. Allow your older cat to feel the scent of the new kitten and vice
versa. It is the best technique for introducing a new kitten to your cat.
Take a soft towel to start the process and rub it all over the new kitten’s face and body. Give it to
your older cat while the towel has the scent on it and repeat the same process with the opposite.
If a veterinarian has cleared the health of the kitten, you can take him out of his separate room and
keep your older cat in the kitten’s room for at least an hour. Let your older cat eat from the kitten’s
bowl and use his litterbox. It will smell the whole space. In the meantime, allow the new kitten to
smell and explore the whole house.

Introduce them face to face

You can finally introduce the new kitten to your cat face to face when both cats become used to
the scents of each other. For instance, you can allow them to see each other through a small door.
Allow them to closely interact only when they behave normally in the presence of each other.
Once the older cat seems to be relaxed while seeing the new kitten, it is safe to introduce the new
kitten to your cat without boundaries. Ensure to monitor them during their first meeting.

Allow them to be together

To make sure your cat and kitten really hit it off, you have to do the opposite of what you feel is
right to do. This is actually for the benefit of the kitten, though you may feel like a big brute. Carry
the new kitten into the room and let it stay in its carrier for some time. Leave your cat to move
around and get used to the smell of the new kitten. Keep an eye on them to keep the cat being
physically aggressive to the little kitten.

Have a one-on-one with your cat about the new family member. Let him know that it is a play
buddy. Give him the assurance that he will not be pushed aside because of the new kitty. This is
not an assurance that they will become besties though. After all, it is a bit tricky introducing a new
kitten to your cat. When the cat settles down and quits whining, take out the kitten from the carrier.
Hold it but play with the cat. If you can, make them smell each other’s scent. As soon as they have
cohabited in one place, their smells will be similar, and they will be like family.

Keep calm during the whole process

Never lose hope even if the first interactions are not so positive. It may take time for older cats to
accept the new kitten. A major mistake is to rush things between your cats and then getting upset
if it does not work well. To make a good bond between your cats, stay calm, and proceed step by
step. Try to fix the period of their meeting and gradually increase those timings.
Over time, they will accept each other, well, especially on the part of the cat. Friendship will
happen with time. They might even foster a love-hate relationship, and have you thought that they
loathe each other. But try to separate them for a while and you will catch one missing the other.
Introducing the new kitten to the cat steadily and not bringing them together by force lets them
size one another up carefully and at their own pace. This way, you ensure they will not be trying
to scratch each other’s eyes out every day! Talk to your veterinarian for advice if the older cat is
overly violent towards the new kitten.

Caution

One of the most important tips for introducing a new kitten to your cat is this; do not ever let the
kitten out of your sight with the older cat around, especially when everyone’s asleep at night till
the little kitty grows big enough to hold its own against attacks. Most likely, it will be accustomed
to having its way with milk from its mother by shoving off its siblings, but the size of your cat
alone can put the little kitty at risk.

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