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My friend Lisa Illman at Kritters That Twitter is going through the process of introducing a new kitten to Abigail, her seven year old female tabby. Those of you who follow Lisa’s blog know that yesterday started out not-so-good, but ended on a much better note.
Introducing a new cat into your feline household is always a challenge. Having acquired five adult cats and four kittens in the past four years, I’ve been through my share of hissing, growling, and swatting – so I thought I would share this article on how to introduce your new cat or kitten to your other cat(s).
Lorrie Shaw, community contributor at AnnArbor.com, suggests the following:
- Start the process by bringing the new kitty into the house in a carrier and taking it directly into its own room set up with a litter box, food, water, a bed and a blanket.
- Allow your new cat to acclimate for one week before attempting interaction with your other cat.
- Use a Feliway diffuser or spray to help reduce any stress either cat is experiencing during this time. Spraying doorways and furniture can help ease the transition.
- After a week, begin feeding the new cat and the resident cat on either side of the same door.
- Swap sleeping blankets between the new kitty and the resident kitty so they can become accustomed to each other’s scent.
- Once the new cat is using its litter box and eating regularly, allow it to explore the house while your other cat is confined. This provides another way for the cats to become accustomed to each other’s scent without meeting face-to-face.
- Once the cats begin to interact, you should expect some hissing, growling and spitting. If either cat becomes fearful or aggressive, separate them and continue the introduction process from the beginning.
- If a fight breaks out, throw a blanket over each cat. Wrap them carefully and remove them from the situation.
For more tips, you can read the full article at http://bit.ly/I7Qt44
Good Luck to Lisa as she continues with the introduction process of Abigail and the new kitty, who is yet to be named (you can read more about that here)!