Old Cat Meets New Kitten

@Aurone (4758)
United States
May 11, 2007 12:19pm CST
Has anyone had any luck in introducing a new cat to your household of cats? I got a new kitten yesterday and my Ashley does not appreciate Carly the new kitten. There is a lot of hurt feelings and hissing. Any helpful hints besides getting rid of Carly?
4 responses
• United States
11 May 07
we have 4 cats in our household and even now a puppy too.. each of our cats were introduced at seperate times as we got them, and its rough for a while, but they do get used to each other with time. just keep an eye on them and make sure they dont hurt each other physically.. if the kitten gets too rambunctious give your other kitty a break by you playing with the kitten or what not.. ive also found that it helps when the cat who was there first, has a safe haven in the home from the new cat. anyways what your experiencing with the cats is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. just give them some time and all will be well :) no need to get rid of the kitten :)
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
11 May 07
Thanks for your insight. Thats good to hear as Carly is really sweet and my husband really likes her.
• United States
11 May 07
anytime :)
• United States
11 May 07
You need to keep them separated for quite awhile. One locked up in a bathroom, the kitty. They need to get to know eachother slowly, as they are territorial. If they are together, they can fight and get hurt. Brush one cat alone. Then the other, so they can smell eachothers fur. I have a 9 year old, and brought a 6 month into the house. The both are fixed and different genders. That is what I did, and all is fine. Good luck honey. Call the vet for more advise if you need it.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
11 May 07
Thanks. We do have the kitten in the Bathroom cause I am afraid my older cat will hurt her and we are trying to introduce them slowly to each other. Thanks for the advice. Its also hopeful to hear that other kitties have co-inhabited.
@ElicBxn (60692)
• United States
12 May 07
I have 20 odd cats, most came in at different times. I lock them up in my bedroom (as compared to other rooms) because its one we keep closed off. then the old cats can smell the new cats under the door &, honestly, some come in. the new cats leave the room when they are ready - most take a week or so, some left in a few days, I've got a couple that have been here for over 4 months that still spend a good bit of time in the room but have been coming out for a month now.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
11 May 07
Cats are very teritorial. They will work it out in their own time. Dont push the situation or interfere. Give them about a week, by then they should be a bit civil.