Knowing how to introduce a new kitten to your existing cat can be daunting. But there are a few things you can do to help to reduce the risk of conflict.
This article explains all the things that can help your felines get on- making life easier for everyone!
How to introduce your new kitten to your cat
As well as adjusting to their new home, your kitten will also have to learn to adjust to new family member- and this includes other pets! If you have other kittens or cats, it’s important to bear in mind that multi-cat households can be problematic if you don’t do your research first, so it’s important to read up on cat and kitten behaviour, and make sure you are prepared in advance so your cats have the best possible chance of getting along.
The first thing to remember is that, while cats can form bonds with humans and other pets, they are not as social as some other animals. This means that they need their own space, often don’t like to share and will sometimes need things to be on their own terms.
If you have a multi-cat household it’s important to make sure that each of your cats has their own area of the house where they can be away from other pets if they are feeling overwhelmed. And it’s best to keep your felines separate at first, before taking the time to slowly introduce your kitten to your cat in a shared space for set periods while you keep an eye on them. You can gradually extend these periods until all cats have the run of the house, but make sure there are lots of hiding spaces available up high so your cats can have time to themselves if needed.
Cats don’t share!
As a general rule, felines don’t like to share their things and, even if they don’t seem upset, this can still stress them out! Because of this, it’s advised to have one litter tray, and one food and water bowl per cat and then an extra one on top. While this may seem a bit excessive, this really is the best way to keep all your felines happy and avoid conflict in your home.
What to do if your cats don’t get along?
If your cat starts showing signs of fear or aggression (which may involve them running away, putting their ears back or hissing) make sure you give the cats plenty of time apart before slowly introducing them to each other again. If your cat’s really aren’t getting along, and you’ve given the plenty of time and space to get used to each other, it’s best to keep them completely separate and speak to your vet. This is especially important if one or more of your cats are showing signs of aggression or trying to fight.
Why do cats fight with each other?
Cat’s can fight for many reasons, including fear, territory, food or simply because they don’t get along. If your cat is fighting with another cat that they live with or a cat that lives nearby, it’s always best to speak to a veterinary professional for advice.
Do cats get jealous?
While cats don’t normally get very jealous about owners giving them their time and attention in the same way a dog would, they do get very jealous over their things, which includes their belongings and their space or territory!
Should I get a kitten for my cat?
Many cats can live together harmoniously, and some can even be affectionate towards one another. That being said, cats are generally solitary animals and very much like living alone, so if you currently only have one cat, they won’t need another pet to keep them company.