|Purred: Wed Aug 8, '07 12:07pm PST |
|I don't know what those links say, but here's what we've always done.
Kitten/new cat stays isolated for at least a week to make sure it doesn't develop a cold that could get transmitted. Then start doing some scent transferring. Rub a towel on kitten and then on the other cat. Then let the other cat sniff the room the kitten has been in while the kitten is elsewhere.
Do that for a couple days. Then let them see each other briefly. Judge the time depending on how upset the existing cat gets. I start with about 15 minutes, then double it the next day. When I let the cats go I supervise.
Our older Nikki never really got over Mr. Echo moving in but other than some hard bops on the head it was ok. Mr. Echo took about 3 days to get used to Tennessee, but he's just a year old. Nikki was 12. And a female. Females take it harder because they're usually the alpha. Altered males are far more laid back.
I didn't let Echo and Tennessee have a night together while I slept til it was Friday and I didn't have to go to work the next day. They had Saturday and Sunday together and had their first day together all alone on Monday. It's been peaceful and they're bonding well.
Scent transferring is also really important if you take one to the vet and the other stays home. Often the kitty that stays home will react negatively to the vet smell that gets carried home. Rubbing each with the same towel can help with that.
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