How to teach your kitten to properly interact with other cats?
I'm in the process of introducing my kitten to my other 3 cats that are all different ages (one is 3 years old and other 2 are 1 year olds) and this kitten is only about 4.5 months old - and her previous owner gave her to me at about 8 weeks of age and I had to keep her in a solitary room because she was covered in fleas and didn't have her shots yet so after 2 months of vet visits she is finally ready to formally meet the other cats... problem is the only way that she seems to interact with them is to fight with them - and maybe she is trying to be playful but my older cats don't really appreciate it... what can i do to encourage proper interactions between my cats and the kitten? I started slowly for the 2 months she was isolated i let the other cats smell her room and cracked the door a little so they could get used to the idea of her but now that i'm letting her out she seems very aggressive and plays too rough sometimes... help!
on Aug 18th 2012
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Thank you for caring enough to rescue this poor baby. So far, you've done everything right. When cats interact and/or play, sometimes things get a little crazy. One of your group is surely the dominant or "alpha" and the others will look to that one to set the ground rules for the youngster as well as the rest of them. Wrestling, rolling, hissing, yowling; all can be a part of cat play. The others will tolerate it for just so long and then they will "correct" her. It may take more than once. As long as there is no fur flying or blood-letting, I would let them work it out. In my home, Izzie and Lizzie will mix it up but no one messes with Delilah. Izzie outweighs her by 10 pounds, but even he isn't daring enough to try to engage her. Keep a watchful eye on the interactions. You'll know when there's trouble just by the sound. Keep a soda can with a few pennies in it handy and shake it to distract them if you feel things are too intense. A loud "HEY!" also works (in my house at least).
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 8/18/12. Helpful? / 0