How To Introduce A Second Cat To Your Home

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Introducing a new cat into the household should be easy, right? Your current cat will get a new play buddy and you will all live happily ever after, right? Well, you’re mostly wrong. In most cases, things will go awry and you will end up with two cats that hiss and scratch at each other.

In order to avoid this horrendous scenario, the first thing to do is to let them get used to each other’s smell. You should keep the cats living in different rooms at first, switching them from one to another until you can tell by their body language that they are getting used to the smell of the other cat.

The next thing you should do is put in a baby gate in the doorway and then let them see each other for brief periods of time through the gate. You should keep these sessions very short and extend them as they start feeling more comfortable. Keep in mind that both these processes may require some time.

Finally, the first couple of actual interactions between the cats should be supervised by the owner. You need to be present in the room when they get to meet each other for real. You can engage in play with them using some kind of a toy which can also come in handy if they start showing signs of aggression.

Once they start living with each other, you should still remain alert, at least for the first few weeks or months, making sure everyone is comfortable and not in any way stressed or feeling endangered.