Cats are territorial animals for whom first impressions make a big difference. Here are some tips for introducing cats the right way!
1. Take them to the vet.
Make sure both cats are fit and healthy! This is extremely important if the cat you are bringing into your home is adopted from a shelter, many cats come home with upper respiratory infections when adopted.
2. Keep cats separated at first.
It is always a good idea to keep cats separated when introducing them to each other. Even a bedroom door can make all the difference. Cats can smell each other underneath the door so they can get used to having them around without the face to face meeting first. Give each cat their own bed where they can feel safe and secure. After some time has passed, try putting a blanket that one cat has laid on with the other cats so they can get used to each others' scent.
3. Give cats space.
If one cat starts to become aggressive, refrain from interfering. Don't try to pick them up and soothe them, which can cause additional stress and confusion. Give them more time apart. It can also be good to try hands-off enrichment toys like a teaser toy or catnip-filled toy to put the cats at ease in each other's presence while you stay out of the picture.
4. Be patient.
There is no way of knowing how long it should take. Every cat is unique. Be patient and try and make sure both don't get too stressed out. A stressed cat is not a happy cat! Some
5. Adopt together.
Getting your cats at the same time is the easiest way to create a fight free household! As kittens, they will accept anyone so they can play and bond and spend their lives snuggling!