Imagine what it is like for you as a person, when you go into a new environment and are stressing as to what it is going to be like despite knowing your circumstances.
Now try to imagine how stressful it must be for a kitten taken from its mother and siblings, or an adult cat who doesn’t know what’s happening and why they no longer see the human parents with whom they spent years going into a new environment and being the outsider.
Cats don’t always take kindly to having another come into their home and you will be going through a feline to feline introduction process in conjunction with introducing the new kitty to its forever home.
Scent plays an important role with all animals.
You will be keeping the new kitty in his/her room initially as per the aforementioned article.
Do not let your cats who are already entrenched into the room with the new kitty for the first few days, instead take items from the new cat and the home kids and swap them, so that that they start to become acclimatised to each other’s scent.
And let them sniff each other through the door.
What can you expect?
There is likely to be yowling, hissing and growling initially but this will ease off. Don’t let this worry you, just be patient and gentle.
After a few days put the new kitty back in his/her carrier, open the door and let the home kid/s come into the room so they can sniff each other and do this a few times a day until they appear to be accepting each other.
The Big Meet
If you have dogs ensure that they are outside and also ensure that all the doors and windows in the house are closed securely.
Allow the cats the run of the house for a while and assess their acceptance level of each other.
During the process of introducing your new forever kid to the home and property caution is important in terms of escape routes, so the home kids may also have to endure being kept inside the home during this process from to time.
You already have cats, and you know this time and effort are worth it.
We wish you many years of joy with all your feline companions.
- Introducing your new cat to the Resident Dogs at http://scratzme.com/blog/introducing-cat-resident-dogs
- Introducing your Cat to His/Her New Home at http://scratzme.com/blog/introducing-cat-hisher-home
- Keeping Pets in Sectional Title Schemes at http://scratzme.com/blog/keeping-pets-sectional-title-schemes