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Tips for Introducing Two Cats


Adding a new member to your feline family is usually more exciting for you than your current cat. Even though they are solitary by nature, most cats eventually learn to accept or at least tolerate newcomers. Because they are very territorial, the way you go about introducing the new cat to your existing cat can mean the difference between success or "cat-astrophe."

The introduction process can take as little as 10-12 days for kittens and very young cats, to as long as 12 weeks for older cats. It all depends on each cat's personality. Be sure to give your "first" cat plenty of attention. This will help him feel secure that he is not in competition for your affection.

Confine your new cat to a "safe" room until the introduction process is complete. This should be a small room, such as a bathroom or small bedroom that your current cat rarely visits. Furnish it with a bed, scratching post, food, water and litter box.

In the beginning, your first cat may hiss and yowl at the cat on the other side of the door. Just ignore him and walk away. Never punish him for vocalizing aggressively, it will only cause trouble between the two cats. Be sure to praise and pet your first cat when he acts calmly when near the new cat's room.

After a few days, take a rag or washcloth and rub it over your new cat as you pet and play with her. Use a different rag to do the same thing with your first cat. At feeding time, put each cat's scented rag under the other cat's bowl. This will help them associate the other cat's scent with something positive-food. Lots of little feedings each day will help them get used to the smell more quickly. Be sure to renew the scent on the rags each day.

Next, you can feed them in closer proximity. Keep your new cat in her "safe" room with the door firmly closed, and place each cat's dish on their side of the door. Be sure to feed them at the same time. Once they both eat with no growling or hissing, you can move to the next level of the introduction.

Close your first cat in a room he likes to frequent, making sure he has water, some favorite food and a litter box. Let your new cat out to explore the house. After a few hours, put her back in her room and let your first cat out. He will probably hiss and fuss when he smells another cat's scent in HIS territory. Again, be patient and praise him when he acts calmly. Repeat this activity at least once a day until both cats seem comfortable.

Before you let the cats have full access to one another, let them come face to face in a safe situation. Use two hard plastic doorstops to jam the door to the new cat's room open a mere 2-3 inches. Check that the door can't be pushed open any further, and that neither cat can get its head through the opening. The object is to give them a chance to swat paws at one another and even go nose to nose without the opportunity for full body contact. Feed each cat on their respective side of the door. Once they no longer hiss or growl at one another, you can try playing with both of them in the same room.

© 2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard.

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Temporary housing for pets affected by wildfires  KDRV

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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?  The New York Times

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Pet-friendly home design choices  Washington Post

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Seahawks Mailbag: Pass Defense & Obscure Pets, Pearl Jam For Kids & More  Seahawks.com

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Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pets of the Week: Bella and Brody  TAPinto.net

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Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane – Pasadena Weekendr  Pasadena Now

Pets of the week - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week  Chicago Tribune

Program allows local firefighters to scan lost pets for microchips - KWTX
Program allows local firefighters to scan lost pets for microchips  KWTX

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A Pet Primer for the Holidays. Is Your Pet Ready?  PRNewswire

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Stayton animal clinic cares for pets impacted by wildfires  KOIN.com

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Pets and other animals shine in art in current Denham Springs exhibit  The Advocate

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No injuries reported, pets saved in town of Delton fire that destroys home  WiscNews

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Two-Thirds of Students Attend School Year Virtually, Turning Pets into Classmates  PRNewswire

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How enjoying brunch could help pets in need  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Spay/neuter clinic benefits pets in Fort Hall - Local News 8 - LocalNews8.com
Spay/neuter clinic benefits pets in Fort Hall - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

Pets of the Week: Sept. 29, 2020 | Pets | tbnweekly.com - Tampa Bay Newspapers
Pets of the Week: Sept. 29, 2020 | Pets | tbnweekly.com  Tampa Bay Newspapers

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Local woman raising money to help pets impacted by California wildfires  KELOLAND.com

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All About Pets: Items needed for your pet's first-aid kit  Prescott Daily Courier

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PET TALK TUESDAY - PAIN MANAGEMENT AND PETS  Yahoo News

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Lost Cat, Gray and White Cat in Pinehurst | Pets | thepilot.com  Southern Pines Pilot

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Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows  Science Daily

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This pet home and carrier is an emergency kit designed to safely evacuate your pets during disasters!  Yanko Design

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SoMD Pets in Need Pet of the Week: Billy Boy  The Southern Maryland Chronicle

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Blessing Of Pets Planned At Mendota Hospital | Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO  lcbcradio.com

Essential Pet Wellness Franchise Kicks Off National Expansion in Pittsburgh - GlobeNewswire
Essential Pet Wellness Franchise Kicks Off National Expansion in Pittsburgh  GlobeNewswire

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Pets Can Be a Mental Health Buffer During The Stress of Lockdown, Study Shows  ScienceAlert

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Northport Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Admiral Ackbar & Ren  Northport, NY Patch

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PET TALK: Thank you, four-legged friends! | Features  Charleston Post Courier

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New 'Rescue Ale' at Lost Dog Cafe Supports Local Pet Rescue Efforts  ARLnow

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Tips for Keeping Pet Dander Down – GantNews.com  GANT News

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Finding the purr-fect vacuum for picking up pet hair  wtkr.com

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Lost Dog, American Hairless Terrier in Southern Pines (Weymouth Woods)  Southern Pines Pilot

OPINION: Adopt, don't shop for pets – The Daily Evergreen - The Daily Evergreen
OPINION: Adopt, don't shop for pets – The Daily Evergreen  The Daily Evergreen

Pet of the Week: Baloo - Arizona Daily Sun
Pet of the Week: Baloo  Arizona Daily Sun

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The streets of heaven are too crowded with animals tonight  Daytona Beach News-Journal

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East Bay pets of the week for Oct. 2  East Bay Times

Wildfire relief drive for pets Wednesday - Manteca Bulletin
Wildfire relief drive for pets Wednesday  Manteca Bulletin

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Bounce Spin-Off Claims To Stop Pet Hair Cling, Timely For COVID-Era Adoptions 09/29/2020  MediaPost Communications

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Here Are the Hilarious Finalists for the Comedy Pet Photo Awards  Distractify

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DHEC reminds pet owners to keep their pets vaccinated on World Rabies Day  Abccolumbia.com

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Toledo building becomes a work of art to help pets  WTVG

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Reptiles vulnerable to unscrupulous pet trading: study  FRANCE 24

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Arlington animal shelter starts pet pantry to help keep pets fed during the pandemic  WJLA

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Pet foster families needed: COVID-19 increases demand for loving homes  70 West Sentinel

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TYCO Animal Control Says Pet Bites Are "Unacceptable" No Matter the Reason  TAPinto.net

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Critter Corner: How to prepare your pet for an evacuation  Milpitas Post

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PETS OF WEEK: Meet Finn and Sawyer  The Oakland Press

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Las Vegas Raiders fan’s pets can join game action with swag  Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Buddy is KLBK’s Pet of the Day!  KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com

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Halloween Events Slated For Pets and Children In Vernon  Vernon, CT Patch

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Pet of the Week: 9/29/20  WANE

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Barely Used Pets hosts fundraiser Friday and Saturday  Urbana Daily Citizen

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Grand Valley Pets Alive Partners with Gobbo's Family Farm for Fundraiser  KKCO

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Good Day Pets – Meet Baxter!  KCAU 9

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Fargo apartment fire causes $30000 in damage, kills 4 pets  INFORUM

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Torchlight III Goes Live October 13 With Exclusive Fairy Pets  Kotaku

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St. Paul's hosts 12th annual Pet Blessing Oct. 4  The MidWeek

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Pet of the Week: Seiva  KEZI TV

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9 things to know about Giving Day to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando  WFTV Orlando

N.J. pets in need: Sept. 28, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: Sept. 28, 2020  nj.com

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Best vacuums for cleaning up pet hair  KSDK.com

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Buy these stocks to ride the pandemic 'pet boom,' according to Bank of America  CNBC

Cos Cob pet food company makes donation to animal shelters - Greenwich Time
Cos Cob pet food company makes donation to animal shelters  Greenwich Time

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Minnesotans take part in World's Largest Pet Walk  KSTP

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Meet Bubba, Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week  The Outer Banks Voice

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Trividia Health, Inc. Announces Launch of Test Buddy™ and Healthy Tracks for Pets™  Business Wire

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Viking Cats: The Preferred Pets of the Northmen  Life in Norway

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Empty The Shelters: Adopt A Pet For Just $25 October 1-4 | WWJ Newsradio 950  WWJ Newsradio 950

WCSPCA reducing adoption fees Oct. 2-3 - Examiner Enterprise
WCSPCA reducing adoption fees Oct. 2-3  Examiner Enterprise

Boehringer Ingelheim invests to further develop the pet care market in China - BioSpace
Boehringer Ingelheim invests to further develop the pet care market in China  BioSpace

Pet Talk Tuesday – Pain Management - WKBW-TV
Pet Talk Tuesday – Pain Management  WKBW-TV

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PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week -- Sept. 28  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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Pets Linked to Better Well-Being During Pandemic  Treehugger

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DRIVE-IN MOVIE: West Seattle Chamber of Commerce presenting 'Secret Life of Pets' October 9th  West Seattle Blog

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"Dog-tober" at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe for National Pet Wellness month  KRNV My News 4

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Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Blue, Fluff & Marley - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

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Humane Society takes 161 cats from Lake County pet sanctuary  cleveland.com

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Pets of the week: Dozer and Haley are two happy, energetic dogs in need of new homes  MLive.com

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Pet Industry Is Ripe for Mergers, Acquisitions | Blogs  PetProductNews.com

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Everything on October's Pet-Centric O List  Yahoo Lifestyle

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Pet owners cancel plans to spend time with dogs, cats instead, Pet Census finds  Fox News

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Senior living community in Troy getting dose of pet therapy  WDTN.com

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Association of pet-keeping in home with self-reported asthma and asthma- related symptoms in 11,611 school children from china  MD Linx

Zesty Paws® Functional Pet Supplements Are Now Available at PetSmart® - PR Web
Zesty Paws® Functional Pet Supplements Are Now Available at PetSmart®  PR Web

PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel - The Franklin Sun
PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel  The Franklin Sun

Pet Blessing | Darien, IL Patch - Patch.com
Pet Blessing | Darien, IL Patch  Patch.com

Honest Illustrations Reveal What Life Is Like Before and After You Get a Pet - My Modern Met
Honest Illustrations Reveal What Life Is Like Before and After You Get a Pet  My Modern Met

Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for Oct. 1 - Ormond Beach Observer
Halifax Humane Society's Pets of the Week for Oct. 1  Ormond Beach Observer

Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA) - FDA.gov
Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA)  FDA.gov

Fact check: Thousands of ballots were not sent to dead people or pets in Nevada, Virginia - USA TODAY
Fact check: Thousands of ballots were not sent to dead people or pets in Nevada, Virginia  USA TODAY

How Pets May Improve Our Immunity - Psychology Today
How Pets May Improve Our Immunity  Psychology Today

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Roxy - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Roxy - 47abc  WMDT

Pets of the week: Barney is the perfect family dog. Zelda is just plain adorable - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Barney is the perfect family dog. Zelda is just plain adorable  MLive.com

Pets, Pets, Pets - Amityville Record
Pets, Pets, Pets  Amityville Record

Weekend reads: Can you catch the coronavirus from your pet? Probably not, experts say. - The Daily Briefing
Weekend reads: Can you catch the coronavirus from your pet? Probably not, experts say.  The Daily Briefing

Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8 - LocalNews8.com
Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

How to get pets - Among Us - Shacknews
How to get pets - Among Us  Shacknews

28 top-rated Amazon products your pets will love - CNN
28 top-rated Amazon products your pets will love  CNN

NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home - New York Post
NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home  New York Post

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The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet  CNBC

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