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Help! Introducing kittens.

Got a new, young, furry love in your life? This is the place for you to ask all of your questions - big or small! Just remember that you are receiving advice from other cat owners and lovers... not professionals. If you have a major problem, always seek the advice of a vet or behaviorist! Most important is to remember to have fun with your new fur baby.

  


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11/19/2011
 
 
Purred: Sat Nov 19, '11 6:46pm PST 
Hello. We adopted a kitten about 3 weeks ago. I thought he would like a friend to play with so we adopted another kitten today. Everyone I spoke with thought that kittens would adapt easily. However, the first kitten bites and attacks the new one! Both are about 3 months old. The new kitten is currently put away in a room. What is the best way to encourage the first cat not to try and attack his new friend? Any world of help/encouragement welcome. Both are sweet kitties and I'd love them to get along.
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Emily

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Purred: Sat Nov 26, '11 1:50pm PST 
Your chances of friendship are great with such young ones. But the number one rule with cat intros is to take it slow. Ours were slightly older than yours when introduced but the new ones still lived in the laundry room at first (for anywhere from 6 days to one month.) We gradually got them used to the smell of each other (by rubbing each of them with the same sock...be ready for some hisses.) They also got aquainted with each other with under the door batting of paws and such. One addition got crate time around the other two cats so they could get used to seeing him but could not attack him...just hiss. The new addition was so glad to get out of the laundry room he didn't mind being in his crate. Even the hissiest cat loves him now. It just takes time with cats. Just keep visits supervised until you know they won't hurt each other. And remember that when they start playing together it will involve some chasing and wrestling. Good luck.
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Willoughby- Aloyisious

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Purred: Mon Dec 12, '11 10:08am PST 
The first cat sees the new cat as intruding on his/her territory. We had the same problem with our two boys. The first cat did not like the new cats presence. We began by having the cats in different areas of the house for the first couple of days. They could see and smell each other but could get to each other. Also we had a litter box and feeding area for each. After this we brought them together in a common room with cat toys. Both cats had a human available to step in if either one got angry of upset. It took about 3 days of 2 sessions a day of this. By the 4th day the first kitten (Willy) didn't feel threatened anymore and the newer kitten (Herbie) was just glad to have a play mate. Now they both still have their own litter box but eat in the same area and can be found together everywhere. The real fun began when we bought a 'cat tree' that they could run up and wrestle in.


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