Introducing Cats to A New Home

When introducing cats in your home, it is usually more enjoyable for your family and you, than it is for the cat that is already in your house.

Although solitary by nature, most cats will  eventually accept or  tolerate most any additions. Make sure the new animal has no disease and overall good cat health before introduction.

Be careful when you introduce a new cat to your current pet, because cats can be very territorial.

Introducing kittens to one another, is easier than introducing adult cats. Introducing adult cats all depends on their personality and temperament.

When bringing a new cat into your home to join your family,  you should always make sure that you are not giving all your attention to the new cat and ignoring your existing one.

This is a time when you will want to show the existing cat that he is not in competition with the new friend and give him his usual love and affection, you will want to make him feel secure when introducing cats.

Introducing Cats – How to

When introducing a new cat in into your  home, try and set him up in his own room, a safe room. This way your existing pet doesn’t feel his space is being intruded upon, and will probably accept the new addition.  Your safe room can be any room in the home, such as a bathroom, cellar or spare bedroom. Pick a room where your current cat doesn’t like to go. Place all the new cats food, litter box, water, bedding… etc. in his room.

When first introducing cats,  your current cat may hiss, be aggressive – just letting the other cat know that this is his turf. This behavior is normal and not a big deal as long as they are not all-out fighting. Ignore this, they will have to work it out on their own as punishing your cat for his behavior will only lead to more problems.

After they get used to each other, the first cat will start accepting the new addition and start to calm down. This is a time to praise and encourage him for his good behavior and give him a treat. Once this happens, you can start introducing them to each other.

A great way for them to bond is to have them get used to each others scent. They will probably start eating from each others food dish, you will want to encourage this. This way the cats will get used to each other through smell, it will be present at the food dish, and each cat will get the scent when he eats his food.

Cats accepting each other will be through their scent, their natural instincts are what will actually bond them together.

After they start getting used to each others smell, you will want to start feeding them together. The best way to do this is to keep your new cat in the safe room with the door closed. Keep the first cat on the other side of the door with his food dish.

Now is the time to feed both cats at the same time, after doing this a few times, they should start eating and accepting each others presence while their eating. At this point, they are ready to be introduced to one another.

Now it is time to get them face to face and in close contact.  Although they may be used to each others scent, your first cat may still feel he has to protect his turf and hiss and howl a little. As long as they do not start to fight, in which case you will want to separate them, you should play with them both at first so they can smell one another and greet in their own way.

The time it takes for the two cats to bond together will depend on many factors: Has the new cat ever been around other cats? Is he a rescued cat? How long has he been without a home? Has he been without food for a while?

Once you get by the initial bonding process, they will become playmates for life.  Cats by nature are social animals, although it may be a bit rough at first, especially for your first cat, they will make each other their “Best Friends Forever.”

Introducing cats at first can require patience and be a little hectic at first, but in the end, it will be well worth it.