How should I introduce a new cat?

The local Humane Society is having an event and I am thinking about getting another kitty. Hoping that Luna and the new kitty will bond quite nicely. But I am thinking that requires a nice welcoming session. How would I do that in a way that is calming for both of the cats?

Asked by Luna on Jun 1st 2010 Tagged adopt, cats, new, welcoming in Bringing Your Pet Home
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Sadie/ In loving memory

Put your new kitty in a separate room for a couple of days, then bring in Luna for a few minutes to see how they act. Introduce them for a few minutes at a time. Sometimes they bond real quick, sometimes it takes a while. Be there to supervise their interactions. If they become agitated separate them and try again later. Remember,the new cat will be nervous since your home will be new to him/her. Give them both lots of loving and attention.

Sadie/ In loving memory answered on 6/1/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Before you adopt, speak frankly with the adoption staff at the event. Describe Luna and your lifestyle and what kind of kitty you are hoping to adopt. They know their cats and will be able to match you up. Do not impulse adopt based on liking a particular cat's hair length or color pattern. When you bring the kitty home, as was said, introduce them slowly. Bring the newbie out of it's room for an hour or so each day and let Luna explore the room to become accustomed to the newbie's smells. Each cat needs its own box and food dishes and even its own bed and toys. Expect some hissing and swatting at first. Keep the intro sessions short. It will take a few of them before Luna is comfortable. Be patient and loving. Rely on the Humane Society for help with the introductions. They want the adoption to work as much as you do. Good Luck!

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 6/2/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer