Are you planning to bring a new
Regardless of where your future
The first step
First and foremost, if you already have a feline friend, then you must make sure that there will be harmony between the newcomer and the current resident. That is exactly why you have to pick a pet that will be the best possible fit for your lifestyle and household.
Just like us, all cats are individuals, so there will be some that can adjust better to your environment rather than others.
How to choose a new
Those looking to add a new friend to their litter might want to look for cats who previously lived with other cats in the past. That is because they will be more likely to accommodate with your current friends than those cats who felt that they were like an only child.
When looking for a new
Last but not least, if you are currently in possession of a grumpy old
Check with your vet
Let’s say that you already chose the future member of your family. Even if he or she comes with a full list of vaccinations updated to the day, you should still check with your vet to make sure that everything is okay.
This should be a priority regardless of the place that your new
Reduce the risk of problems
If you managed to adopt the new
These new ‘territories’ should be properly equipped with water, food, a litter box, comfortable places to rest, sunlight and, why not, a scratching post. Doing this might make your other little furry friends a little bit jealous — that’s why you should do the same for them as well.
Prepare your home
Let’s say that this new
Those unfamiliar with cats will most likely be surprised with the places they can go to hide or the amount of trouble that they can get into.
cat some space
As we said before in regards to introducing a new
To avoid her becoming overwhelmed, you should set up a special room, like that extra bedroom or any room whatsoever that can be closed off for her to take her time and adjust to the new place. Make sure your home temperature is on par so that both of the cats are fully comfortable.
A quirky way of introducing cats to each other
Perhaps you already know that cats produce pheromones. They have special glands in their cheeks which make their own unique smell. You saw how your
These pheromones help her to relieve anxiety and they can also provide info regarding the animal that secretes them. You can take advantage of this piece of knowledge and use some towels which you can gently rub against your
What to do if it doesn’t all go according to plan?
If you see that any of your cats begins to show signs of aggressive behavior or stress, you should separate them as soon as possible and then reintroduce them slowly. You should allow them to be separated by doors so that they can get a whiff of each other.
Once they are comfortable with this, you can bring them into the same room, on opposite sides. You can ask a friend to help by playing with one of them while you do the same with the other one. By repeatedly doing this, you can be sure that your cats will become friends sooner than you think.
The bottom line
Hopefully, we managed to give you some guidance in acquiring a new