It is never a good idea to just get a cat and expect him to go along with your other pets. Here is how to introduce a new cat to your preexisting pets. Most pets, especially cats, are very territorial. They are particularly protective of their own spaces and they feel threatened whenever there is a new entity that is unfamiliar to them. Here is an informative guide to lessen the friction among your pets.
Choosing A Cat
It is a smarter move to take time to consider the cat you will get. Each breed has varying personalities and preferences that can factor in the transition period. It is also ideal to get a cat that is already socialized. This means that it is better if your cat already had some experience mingling with other cats before.
The new cat should also be compatible with your old cat. Get a playful cat to match the playful energy of your old cat. Get a sleepy cat if you have a cat that likes to rest all day. Avoid getting a youthful and robust cat if you have a grumpy one at home.
Reduction Of Problems
There are many things you can do to reduce the friction between the two. The first step before you bring your new cat home is to allocate a specific area or “territory” for that cat. This can be a separate room in your house. It can even be your bathroom. Fill it with the things that the new cat will need such as food, water, a litter box, and some toys and a scratching post. It should also have access to natural sunlight and a comfortable bed or spot for the cat to rest in.
Leave the new cat alone in the new area while keeping the other cats separate. Do not drop in frequently and limit your visits or playtime to one hour per day only. After two days, transfer the cat to another secluded area in your room. Do so for the next days to come. This will gradually acclimate the cat to its new home while giving your old cats ample time to adjust and be used to the scent.
Cats have multiple scent glands all over their body and their scent profile is secreted in the form of pheromones. You can gently introduce one cat to the other by swapping their things that have their respective pheromones on it. This could be their favorite towel or a toy. After a few days of swapping scents, allow them to see each other through a crack of a door. Let them see each other and then if you sense zero aggression, you can release them to interact with one another. Keep a close eye because a fight might break out at any moment. Isolate the cat again if you feel like they need more time to grow accustomed to each other.