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Introducing a new cat into another cat's home. Answered by N. Kitching

May 1st, 2001, 09:15 AM

I hope you can help me with this. I have a 1 year old male Himalayan who was fixed last week. I am moving and he must become acquainted with an 8 year old fixed female who does not always respond to other cats in a positive fashion. This is going to happen in about a week.

First we are going to trade scratching posts and see if that helps.
Do you have any suggestions. Your input is greatly appreciated. Jennifer Routley


Hi Jennifer,
So far, you seem to be doing things correctly by introducing your 1 1/2 year old Himalayan cat to his new friend and surroundings. May I suggest that you take some of your Himalayan's toys over to his new friend's place and vice versa. Handle the other cat and your own - don't wash your hands then go from one to the other petting them. You'll have the scent of both cats on your hands. (The smell will stay on your hands by the time you get home.) Switch cat blankets, etc.

When it comes time to moving your Himalayan over to his new dwellings, keep him in a closed off room along with his kitty litter and food and water for a while and stay with him. This is a good as he not only gets used to his new dwelling but the new world he's being introduced to. When he looks comfortable, open the door and let him get acquainted to his new surroundings in this one room. Continue to let him get used to each and every room on his own before you introduce his new friend so he gets used to all the smells, etc., around him.

Don't leave the two cats alone -- be with them.
A male and a female is usually a plus but you have to play everything by ear.
This may take a bit of time but you'll have a happier set of cats in the long run.
Good luck and keep up the great work!

Nancy Kitching 2001

Nancy Kitching
Dog Trainer Member of CAPPT, CKC, OKC (Ottawa Kennel Club),
and Bytown Obedience Club in Ottawa.
156 Fairhaven
Hudson, Quebec J0P 1H0
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