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Introducing Two Kitties

Are you adopting a second cat? That’s wonderful! We love seeing kitties go to great forever homes. However, your resident feline may not be quite as thrilled about the situation as we are. Cats can be very jealous, and many of them do not like to share their people. First impressions are a very big deal to Fluffy, so it’s very important to get your feline friends started out on the right paw. Read on as a Greensboro, NC vet discusses introducing two cats.

Bringing Your New Cat Home

When you first bring your new pet home, set her up in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, bedding, and, of course, a litterbox. Keep the door to this room closed at first. It probably won’t take your resident cat very long to realize that there’s another kitty in the house. Fluffy and Mittens may spend a lot of time staring at this door, and perhaps playing paws-under-the-door. Feed your cats near the door, so they begin to form good associations with one another.

Meet N’ Greet

Before letting your cats interact with one another, you’ll need to get the all-clear from your vet. Once you have the green light, bring your new kitty out into her living room, in a carrier if possible, and let your cats see and smell one another. Once both kitties seem fairly at ease, you can let your new furball out of her carrier. You may see some hissing and posturing at first, but this should diminish steadily. If your cats actually fight, separate them and start over.

Making Friends

Cats can take a very long time to warm up to one another. In most cases, fighting and tension will slowly decrease. There are some things you can do to help your furry pals make friends. First, be sure to pay both cats equal attention. You’ll also want to be sure your kitties have separate dishes and litterboxes, and plenty of toys and napping spots, so they don’t fight over resources. If you get pet furniture, choose pieces that can fit both your feline buddies at once. Playing with your kitties at the same time, and giving them toys and treats together, can help them form positive associations with one another.

Do you have questions about cat care? We can help! Contact us, your local Greensboro, NC pet hospital, today!

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