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If you have a cat and you want to bring another one into your home, what is the best way to introduce the 2 cats, so there isn't a cat fight?

Asked by Oliver on Sep 20th 2013 in Adoption & Rescue
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Orion Hemingway

S L O W L Y, and your best bet is to get a neutered/spayed kitten of the opposite sex and let it live in the bathroom for a couple of days while Ollie sniffs it out. Some cats will never be best buds, but they will learn to coexist if they don't become friendly. ^_^ SUPERVISED short visits are a must at first, until you are sure that there will be no fighting. Have a glass of water ready and be prepared to pour it on them if there is an altercation, because that will break them up.

Orion Hemingway answered on 9/20/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Our friend Orion is right. And, when you decide for sure to adopt, go to a reputable shelter and speak with their staff. Share your lifestyle, how much time you have to spend with the cats, and most importantly, give them a good idea of what Oliver is like. If he's the sort of cat who has to be "the boss", or a shy and retiring kind of cat, they will match you up with one of their cats who will get along the best. It could be male or female, so have an open mind. As Orion says, make sure the cat is "fixed" and up to date on all vaccinations and tests. If the people at the shelter won't give you the time of day, then leave. Set up a room that the new cat can stay in for a while with litter box, food and water. Don't ignore the newbie but visit and social the newbie into your home. Let Oliver into the room and let the new cat out to explore. Be prepared for hissing and swatting, but don't over-react it's just their way of "talking things out". I use a spray bottle. It proves the point,

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 9/23/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer