Introducing a new cat to an old one. A not so difficult task

Let’s say you own a cat. A black, crazy and a bit aggressive male one. And let’s imagine that one day, when you were preparing to go for a show, a new tiny, cute, striped guy “falls” directly into your arms.

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Humans who know a bit about cats know that they are jealous creatures. Even animals, they resemble with people so much, especially that they can be really possessive, skeptical about new arrivals into the house (their house) and that you really can’t make them do what they don’t want to.

Ok…..So we had this new guy we had decided to keep especially to give a play partner to our older cat, Miaunel, who is beating all the cats around and who doesn’t tolerate any feline around.

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I was worried, of course, and we were thinking what to do and how to make the meeting as smooth as possible, especially that Norocel, the little one was so tiny and fragile that I could imagine Miaunel killing him with just one strike.

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So if you find yourself in this situation, follow these steps and your cats will become good friends or naughty brothers as ours

1. For the first 3-4 days keep the cats separate and try to spend as much time as possible with the new one. Show him you’re the one who’s going  to give him love and food. This way you’ll help him trust you.

2. When you feel and see the cat is not scared of you anymore, introduce him to the older cat. We kept Norocel in our arms when he first meet Miaunel to be sure Miaunel is not going to have a bad reaction

3. After 3 or 4 meetings like this let them eat together. This is how they’re going to relate each other with a nice experience like eating. Make sure to not yell at them and to not scare them

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4. Be always there, with your cats when they are together and if things are starting to heat and one of them gets irritated end the meeting

5. Let your cats eat together and when they feel comfortable in each other presence, let them stay together longer

6. Let them play but only under your supervision. Soon they will become good friends if they don’t beat each other

7. Be extra careful if the kitten is younger than 3 months.