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Tips for introducing two cats - pets


Adding a new component to your catlike children is customarily more exciting for you than your existing cat. Even although they are individual by nature, most cats in due course learn to acknowledge or at least tolerate newcomers. As they are very territorial, the way you go about introducing the new cat to your free cat can mean the alteration connecting accomplishment or "cat-astrophe. "

The foreword course can take as diminutive as 10-12 days for kittens and very young cats, to as long as 12 weeks for older cats. It all depends on each cat's personality. Be sure to give your "first" cat a lot of attention. This will help him feel assure that he is not in contest for your affection.

Confine your new cat to a "safe" room until the foreword course of action is complete. This be supposed to be a small room, such as a bathroom or small bedroom that your in progress cat not often visits. Endow it with a bed, scratching post, food, water and litter box.

In the beginning, your first cat may hiss and yowl at the cat on the other side of the door. Just dispense with him and walk away. Never punish him for vocalizing aggressively, it will only cause anxiety amid the two cats. Be sure to praise and pet your first cat when he acts evenly when near the new cat's room.

After a few days, take a rag or washcloth and rub it over your new cat as you pet and play with her. Use a atypical rag to do the same thing with your first cat. At feeding time, put each cat's aromatic rag under the other cat's bowl. This will help them acquaintance the other cat's scent with a touch positive-food. Lots of hardly feedings each day will help them get used to the smell more quickly. Be sure to renew the scent on the rags each day.

Next, you can feed them in earlier proximity. Keep your new cat in her "safe" room with the door confidently closed, and place each cat's dish on their side of the door. Be sure to feed them at the same time. Once they both eat with no growling or hissing, you can move to the next level of the introduction.

Close your first cat in a room he likes to frequent, creation sure he has water, some choice food and a litter box. Let your new cat out to explore the house. After a few hours, put her back in her room and let your first cat out. He will in all probability hiss and fuss when he smells an added cat's scent in HIS territory. Again, be tolerant and praise him when he acts calmly. Duplicate this bustle at least once a day until both cats seem comfortable.

Before you let the cats have full approach to one another, let them come face to face in a safe situation. Use two hard fake doorstops to jam the door to the new cat's room open a mere 2-3 inches. Check that the door can't be hard-pressed open any further, and that neither cat can get its head by means of the opening. The balk is to give them a attempt to swat paws at one a new and even go nose to nose not including the chance for full body contact. Feed each cat on their respective side of the door. Once they no longer hiss or growl at one another, you can try in concert with both of them in the same room.

2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard.

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