How to Introduce New Cats – 9 Simple Steps

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You know, it’s one thing if you’re the owner of just one cat.

It could literally just be you and the cat.

Or if you have a family of your own, it could be you, your family, and the cat.

But there are people out there who own more than one cat.

Some people own only two cats while others can own as many as five or ten cats at once.

It all depends on the owner, I guess.

I, myself, own three cats and let me just tell you that it hasn’t always been a smooth-sailing process keeping all of them living in perfect harmony with each other under one roof.

You would think that it wouldn’t have been difficult for me to keep them co-existing happily together.

You would have thought wrong and I probably would have been the first person to tell you.

And for those owners who have struggled at times to keep the multiple cats they own, this article is for you.

I’m totally serious.

The last thing you want is to have your cats, if you own more than one, look like they engaged in a bout of kitty fisticuffs.

And that’s what I want to get into today.

So without further ado, let’s get into how to get cats to introduce your new cats to each other so they can co-exist with each other in perfect harmony.

9 Tips to Introducing New Cats

Don’t let the cats see each other.

Do not make the mistake of assuming that if you put one cat in the same room as another everything is going to be okay and they will co-exist peacefully.

Instead, let them hear and smell each other. This will allow them to get used to each other’s presence.

Acclimate both cats to each other’s scent.

Take a towel or washcloth and rub it on each cat.

Take the towel or washcloth that has your new cat’s scent and place it in areas your resident cat likes to be. Do the same thing for your resident cat.

Think of it as a way for cats to warm up to each other.

Swap locations.

Take your resident cat and place it where you had your new cat temporarily confined and take your new cat and give it the freedom to wander around your home. Each cat will likely pick up each other’s scent and associate it with positive feelings.

Staged encounters.

One way to go about doing this to bring each cat to a common meeting place. For example, you could use your bedroom.

You could place one cat inside your bedroom by the door and then bring the other cat to the other side of the door. You can accomplish this by giving each of them a reward.

By doing this, they associate these staged encounters with each other as positive experiences.

Face to face encounters.

You can do this by having a door open just slightly and using two door stoppers to wedge underneath the door on each side of the door.

By having both cats have limited visual encounters with each other, you will prevent them from having more contact than you want with each other.

Use crates.

You can start putting each cat into crates to have more limited visual encounters with each other.

By doing this, you will not only gradually increase more contact but you will make both cats more comfortable with each other.

You can have one cat inside a crate and the other outside of it or you could have both cats each in one crate and then gradually bring them closer together.

Watch out for friendly behaviors.

Before you grant each cat unrestrained contact with each other, just make sure there is friendly interaction between them.

One good sign to look out for is if they approach each other and sniff noses.

Don’t do too much, too soon.

This could lead to undesirable consequences.

Don’t assume that just because both cats displayed friendly interaction towards one another that everything is okay and you can leave them alone unsupervised.

You need to keep it under control.

Be accommodating to both cats.

Don’t assume that just because your resident cat has the toys, treats, scratching posts, and sleeping beds that it needs that your new cat is going to automatically want the same things.

Get your new cat toys, treats, scratching posts, and sleeping beds of its own because it may have a different preference.

Key Things o Remember When Introducing New Cats

  • You can get your cats to co-exist under one roof.
  • You’re the owner, therefore, you’re the boss so you will always decide what is best for your cats.
  • Pay attention to your cats’ behavior and make adjustments within your home if need be if they start getting annoyed with each other.
  • If you have problems, separate the cats and reintroduce them at a later time.
  • This will take time to accomplish, but it’s not impossible.

Video: Introducing Cats to Each Other

If you still feel like you’re more of a referee than a cat owner to your own cats and you still don’t know how to get them to co-exist in harmony, don’t worry! I have you covered. Just check out the video below and you should be good to go!

Final Thoughts on Introducing New Cats

This can be a messy, conflict-filled process, but any conflict between cats can be prevented.

Getting cats to co-exist with each other doesn’t have to be a pipe dream that will never come. It can be a reality and it can be accomplished.

You don’t have to have cats that would rather claw each other’s eyes out.

They can become friends and you can be the owner who will help them accomplish that.

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