Bringing a new cat home can be exciting and a bit stressful, both for you and your new pet. If you already have a cat at home, this is especially true, as not all cats want another feline to invade their space. To make sure both pets live together harmoniously proper steps should be taken to introduce the new cat.
Patience is key when introducing cats as it can sometimes take weeks. By paying attention to both cats’ moods and letting the cats control the progress, you will have both cats coexisting before long.
Before your new cat comes home, make sure both pets have their own space each with a bed, food bowls, and a litterbox. The new cat’s space should have a door so the cats are not able to see each other at first.
Bring the new cat to her designated space without letting the two cats see each other and give the new cat a chance to explore. If you carried her in with a carrier, let her come out when she’s ready.
When your new cat has gotten settled into her space, it’s time to let each cat get familiar with the other’s scent. There are a few ways to do this:
When the cats are interacting with each other’s scent without hissing, swatting, or showing other signs of aggression, it’s time to let them see each other.
Let the cats see each other without directly interacting using a baby gate, screen, or cracked door. Some of the following can help:
When the cats sniff each other or rub against the barrier, they are ready to meet in person.
Finally, remove the barrier and let both cats into the same room. If the cats show signs of aggression, end the meeting. Other tips include:
With these steps, your new cat will feel comfortable in their new home and your resident cat will learn to accept them. They might even become friends.