Introducing A New Kitten
Introducing A New Kitten
A GUIDE ON HOW TO BRING A NEW KITTEN HOME AND INTRODUCE IT TO YOUR OTHER CAT(S)
Have you always wanted to bring home a new kitten but somehow you’re not sure how to introduce it to your other cats?
Cats can be very territorial, so don’t always expect this transition to be an easy breeze. They could get very aggressive to their new feline friend and you cannot really blame them for that.
Well, since this is your concern as a loving cat parent, you’re at the right place and here we will be discussing the best tips that you can use to overcome this “unfamiliarity syndrome”.
So, keep reading!
Check The Health State Of Your Cat
One of the best ways to reduce the tension between your new kitten and the existing cat is by ensuring that your cat is in its best health state. That way, a new kitten is not likely to stress it out.
Before bringing the kitten home, schedule a meeting with the vet and ensure that proper medical attention is given to your cat and its vaccinations, especially its anti-rabies vaccines, are not outdated.
Don’t be surprised at all if your cat and kitten get into an uncomfortable situation of scratching and biting, if your cat’s immune system is strong(from the medical check-up), it can withstand any underlying health problems that your kitten has.
Finally, check your kitten’s claws, trim it where necessary and groom its furs. It’ll help your resident cat feel more comfortable with your new addition.
Create A Different Space For Your Kitten
Before you ever introduce a new kitten to your resident cat, you can start by buying a new litter box, new kitten toys, water bowls, and other things your kitten would need to have a comfortable stay.
Remember we said earlier that cats are very territorial; hence, the last thing you want to do is to force it to share its resting space and daily necessity with a new face. That will not go down well.
If you can, then you should ensure that the new items you’re getting for your kitten, carry the smell of a kitten. Cats have a very strong sense of smell, and they’ll begin to sense that a new kitten is around the corner.
Introduce Your Feline Friends Gradually
After ensuring that your cat and kitten are separated for a few days or even up to a week, your next line of action should be to introduce them informally.
You do not want your existing cat to feel like it has been overpowered in its territory, hence it’s better to give your cat an item that has the scent of your new kitten on it and vice versa.
Keep these items at some distance away from your cat, especially when you feel it’s very relaxed. If this works fine, then you can put your kitten in a cage and position it in a way that your cat can easily see but can’t touch it.
Take note of their reactions at this point as well.
Schedule A Brief Bonding Session
Depending on how well your cat has been responding to the other steps you’ve taken, that’ll help you decide on this next move. Set up a play session between your cat and kitten but Never leave them all by themselves. Remember that it’s still a very sensitive time, especially for your resident cat.
Watch how they react, and if you observe that they are somewhat enjoying each other’s presence, that’s a really good sign and you can hand them treats to promote this habit.
On the other hand, if your cats cannot stand each other, and shows extreme signs of distress, then you should give them more time and gradually introduce them.
Bringing a new kitten home is something you should think about carefully, especially if you have a resident cat. You’ll need to increase your bonding time with each of them, create separate spaces and do a lot more as listed above.
But the good news is that when they finally get used to each other, you’re happier for it and you’ll have two cute feline friends to call your own- who doesn’t want that anyway!