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mph123
December 20th, 2004, 02:20 PM
when is a good time to interduce a new cat to a older one

Stewart
December 21st, 2004, 04:26 AM
;) Hi ! I have twice introduced cats and on both ocassions it was straight away no short meetings before . Yes after the initial looking at each other and followed by the sniffing of the other there was some biffing with paws.You dont say the ages or sexes of the two cats you want to introduce ?Both times I have done it the cats were of the same sex the last time it was two males that we still have to this day. I would suggest you try the first sight in a closed room but not to small a room so they can have space to move.There may well be some violent exchanges which you may have step into to help the little one from getting a bad beating but over time they will sort themselves out.When we introduced our present two 4yrs difference in age the youngster was about a year old and he got bowled from one end of our hallway to the other by the bigger and elder,But after a week to ten days the bashings got less and still continued for about four weeks and at the end it was only the ocassional slap.Nowadays 7yrs later they get on fine ;) They have thier own pecking order.Being from different litters and solitary animals its hard to watch this all unfold but it does work out ;) All you can do is help keep the bashings from getting to bad at first ok ! Oh ! And feed at the same time but a distance apart keeping an eye they may well swap bowls the bigger one moveing into the others but as long as the smaller gets its food from one bowl or the other so what ! Good luck ! Have patience :)

crazyhorse
December 21st, 2004, 08:22 AM
As for my experience. As long as both cats are healthy anytime is a good time, other than big holidays when there is so much activity,which can make the adjustment difficult on everyone. Try to keep this a calm enviroment(not to may people). Children and children at heart can really raise excitement over these events. Especially during this season. Just a few notes you may need another litter box all pending. The pet carrier you bring your kitten home in leave it out and accessible this may be it (safe) place to start. With my 2 kittys they were a year apart in age. It only took 3 days for them to accept each other. After a week the older one was mothering the kitten. Good thing because our second one was a "pet/buddy" for the fist one. Good luck and I hope this goes well for all.