So you’ve decided to add a new kitten to your family. Congratulations! You’re in for a lot of fun (and a few challenges) over the next few months. One of those challenges will be introducing your new kitten to your resident cat.
Do cats accept other kittens?
Pet owners with multiple cats often ask whether their felines will accept a new kitten into the family.
The answer depends on several factors, including the age and personality of the cats involved. Older cats are more likely to accept a new kitten than young cats. This is because older cats tend to be more relaxed and less territorial than their younger counterparts.
However, even older cats can resist change, so it’s essential to introduce a new kitten gradually.
Start by letting the two Cats meet each other under close supervision. Then, if all goes well, you can gradually increase the time they spend together until they are comfortable living in the same home.
Remember that it takes time for cats to get used to each other, so be patient and keep your expectations realistic. Luckily, your cats will eventually learn to accept each other as family members.
The Introduction Process
Cats are territorial creatures and don’t always kindly welcome newcomers invading their space. But with patience and understanding, you can help your cats adjust to each other’s presence and hopefully even become friends. Read on for tips on making the introduction process go as smoothly as possible.
1. Give your resident cat time to adjust to the idea of a new kitten before bringing the kitten home. Leave out a blanket or piece of clothing that smells like the kitten, and let your cat sniff it and get used to the scent. This will help reduce stress when the actual kitten arrives.
2. When you do bring the kitten home, keep them confined to one room at first so that your resident cat can slowly get used to the new addition’s presence. Provide litter, food, water, toys, and a scratching post in the room so the kitten has everything they need and won’t have to venture out into unknown territory.
3. Allow your cats to smell each other through a door crack or baby gate before meeting face-to-face. Then, if both cats seem curious and relaxed, you can open the door and let them approach each other on their terms. If either cat hisses, growls, or tries to swipe at the other through the door, give them a little more time to adjust before proceeding with an introduction.
4. Once they’ve met face-to-face, continue supervising their interactions closely for signs of aggression or stress. If either cat seems uncomfortable, give them some space and try again later. With patience and gradual exposure, most cats will eventually become used to each other’s presence and even develop friendships.
Adding a new kitten to your family can be a fun and rewarding experience—but it’s not always easy. Cats are territorial animals, so it’s essential to introduce them slowly and carefully to adjust to each other’s presence without too much stress or aggression. With patience and understanding, you can help your cats build strong bonds with each other that will last for years to come.”