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Introducing a New Kitten to Your Older Cat.


So, you read somewhere that introducing a new kitten into your home could be great for your existing cat, for companionship. And you remember how much fun your cat was when she was a new kitten, and you would love to re-live those days.

It is generally thought that cats thrive better with the company of another feline, especially cats confined indoors. But before you rush off to your local cat shelter or breeder, here are a few tips to make bringing home a new kitten as stress free as possible.

Choose a time when your home is not too busy and you will have time to devote to your new kitty and your existing cat, avoid holidays, for example, or other times when friends and family are likely to visit.

Before bringing home the new kitten, take her to your veterinarian to get her checked and vaccinated, kittens have weak immune systems and are likely to pick up something at the shelter or cattery. Consider adopting a cat of the opposite sex to your existing cat, this will avoid same sex rivalry and associated problems. For a number of reasons all your cats must be spayed/neutered.

If possible arrange to bath your new kitten at a friends house before you take it home, this will neutralize kitty's odor, and go some way to prevent unsettling your cat.

A short isolation period is necessary when introducing a new kitten. It would be ideal to have a separate room for the new kitten, your new little pet will need her own litter box, and food and water bowl. Some kittens will hide out under furniture for some days, more adventurous ones will be eager to explore their new home almost straight away. Do not try and force kitty to leave the room, you will know when she is ready.

Allow your new kitten to explore around your home while your older cat is in another room. Make the introduction, slowly, bit by bit, it is a good idea to let your existing cat sniff your new kitten's blanket a few times before they actually meet. Make the initial periods of contact short. Gradually increase the time that they spend together as they get used to one another. It is not unusual for there to be a few spats in these first meetings, so do not leave them alone together until they get on. If a fight does break out, distract the combatants and get them into separate rooms as soon as possible, never punish either cat.

The process of introducing a new kitten to an older cat, can often be relatively stress free and need not be full of problems. The key is in making the introduction slowly, and perhaps the best tip of all is to give your older cat just as much attention and affection as you give the newcomer.

Before you know it you will have two cats that thrive on each others company.

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Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report  Fox News

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A passion to help pets: BG animal lover creates Facebook group  Sentinel-Tribune

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Some Houstonians are returning pets they adopted during pandemic  Houston Chronicle

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See The Latest Adoptable Pets In The Massapequa Area  Massapequa, NY Patch

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Did High Levels Of Forever Chemicals Make These NC Pets Sick?  WFAE

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Returning to work can lead to anxiety for pets  Cleveland Jewish News

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East Bay pets of the week for May 14  East Bay Times

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Weis Market launches 13th annual Paws for Pets program  NorthcentralPa.com

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Coyote concerns in Lincoln include 2 pets killed by them  Sand Hills Express

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NJ pets in need: May 10, 2021 - nj.com - nj.com - nj.com  nj.com

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Adopt A Pet From Smithtown Area Shelters: New Pets Added This Week  Smithtown, NY Patch

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How to keep vet bills down as pets battle spring allergies :: WRAL.com  WRAL.com

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Joplin business has helped 49 pets find homes in the past 2 months  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

PFAS found at high levels in pet near Chemours plant - NC Health News - North Carolina Health News
PFAS found at high levels in pet near Chemours plant - NC Health News  North Carolina Health News

Islip Pets Now Up For Adoption: Vinny, Sierra, River & More - Islip, NY Patch
Islip Pets Now Up For Adoption: Vinny, Sierra, River & More  Islip, NY Patch

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Homeowner injured trying to save pets in SW Wichita house fire  KWCH

Pet allergies? Consider insurance to cover recurring treatment costs - WRAL.com
Pet allergies? Consider insurance to cover recurring treatment costs  WRAL.com

Creative Acres Sanctuary founder says owners are giving up 'pandemic pets' as they head back to work - The Denver Channel
Creative Acres Sanctuary founder says owners are giving up 'pandemic pets' as they head back to work  The Denver Channel

What happens to your pets if you die unexpectedly? - Columbus CEO
What happens to your pets if you die unexpectedly?  Columbus CEO

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Travis Barker's CBD Brand Offers Vegan Options for Anxious Pets  LIVEKINDLY

How to Help Your Pets Adjust Post Pandemic - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
How to Help Your Pets Adjust Post Pandemic  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

How at-home euthanasia can provide comfort to pets and owners - The Washington Post
How at-home euthanasia can provide comfort to pets and owners  The Washington Post

Livonia senator's 'Beagle Bill' inspired by city's efforts to protect pets in cold weather - Hometown Life
Livonia senator's 'Beagle Bill' inspired by city's efforts to protect pets in cold weather  Hometown Life

Empty the Shelter event at Humane Society of Southeast Mo. sends 60 pets to new homes - KFVS
Empty the Shelter event at Humane Society of Southeast Mo. sends 60 pets to new homes  KFVS

Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues - WRGB
Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues  WRGB

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Exotic pets are in the spotlight at expo in Chesapeake  13newsnow.com WVEC

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San Antonio Pets Alive! is overflowing with animals, administrators say; fosters and adopters needed  KSAT San Antonio

Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events - 69News WFMZ-TV
Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events  69News WFMZ-TV

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Don’t forget your pets in your family’s emergency preparedness plan  WJXT News4JAX

The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work - CNN
The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work  CNN

How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger - The New York Times
How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

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Pandemic Pets and Pet Companionship: Seven Benefits/Considerations for Care Coordination and Estate Planning  JD Supra

China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue - Reuters
China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue  Reuters

Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted  Tampa Bay Times

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Pet Expert on Microchipping Cats and Dogs: It's 'the Safest Way to Find and Keep Your Pets'  PEOPLE

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‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms - Vogue
The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms  Vogue

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Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street  KELOLAND.com

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Pet photos from USA TODAY readers to brighten your day  USA TODAY

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

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Stolen pet dies shortly after return  WILX-TV

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Vote 4 the Best: Pets - Voting  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing  WLNS

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Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms  CBS News

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PET/CT scans verify dose delivered during carbon-ion therapy – Physics World  Medical Physics Web

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Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram!  POPSUGAR

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Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners - New York Post
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners  New York Post

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My friend set up a GoFundMe to pay for her sick pet, instead of getting a refund on our vacation. I canceled the trip. Who’s right?  MarketWatch

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Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards?  Vox

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‘The Joy of Pets’ topic of virtual women’s forum  Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police  ABC News

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Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds  PEOPLE

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Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us  The Washington Post

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Your pets can catch coronavirus, but don't spread it  Spectrum News 1

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Foggy - 47abc  WMDT

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Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping  PRNewswire

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Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits  Baltimore Sun

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Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families  PRNewswire

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We Won't Be the Only Ones Eating Lab-Grown Meat—Our Pets Will Too  Smithsonian Magazine

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Photos: A look at presidential pets through the years  Winona Daily News

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Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat  Modern Farmer

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Barron’s Stock Pick: Pet Care Is Booming. Here’s a Stock to Play It.  Barron's

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Does Your Pet Have Separation Anxiety? Or Do You?  The New York Times

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How to buy a pet without getting scammed  MarketWatch

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Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/5/21)  ABC15 Arizona

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Hill's Pet Nutrition Teams Up With TikTok To Celebrate National Pet Day  PRNewswire

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28 Pet Products You May Want To Bring On Your Next Trip To The Park  BuzzFeed

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Can your pet make you sick? Here's how you can stay healthy  WXYZ

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United States Pet Market Report 2021: US Retail Sales of Pet Products Reached $107 Billion in  GlobeNewswire

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U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing  NBC News

Celebrity Pets We Lost in 2021 - PEOPLE
Celebrity Pets We Lost in 2021  PEOPLE

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Chewy cashed in on pandemic pet boom but now must keep leash on Amazon  Financial Times

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Pets Of The Week: Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh  CBS Pittsburgh

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GALLERY: News 2 celebrates National Pet Day!  WKRN News 2

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Ask 2: Can you drive with your pet on your lap?  KPRC Click2Houston

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The Obama family mourns the death of pet dog Bo: 'He lived such a joyful life full of snuggles'  Yahoo Entertainment

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Dog owners warn pet owners about coyotes after dog barely survives attack  KOMO News

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Pet Licenses  yumaaz.gov

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Fun pet facts  The County

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The 20 Least Expensive Pets to Own  Newsweek

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Pets and Pesticides: Keeping our Companions Safe  Beyond Pesticides

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The 19 Easiest Pets to Take Care of  Newsweek

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Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time  Science Magazine

'I don't want these dogs to suffer': Pet surrenders becoming tragic part of pandemic - USA TODAY
'I don't want these dogs to suffer': Pet surrenders becoming tragic part of pandemic  USA TODAY

Tampa Bay area pets looking for new families - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for new families  Tampa Bay Times

Living with Pets: Help your older pet stay comfortable at home - The Mercury News
Living with Pets: Help your older pet stay comfortable at home  The Mercury News

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Pets and the pandemic | Articles | fairfaxtimes.com  Fairfaxtimes.com

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U.S. regulators inch toward pet-insurance rules as Sir Purrs A Lot ails  Reuters

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Pet product bestsellers: Most purchased pet food and supplies we covered  NBC News

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Pets are helping us cope during the pandemic—but that may be stressing them out  National Geographic

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Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down  Crunchbase News

Do we need a COVID-19 vaccine for pets? - Science Magazine
Do we need a COVID-19 vaccine for pets?  Science Magazine

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11 best Valentine's Day gifts for your pets in 2021  NBC News

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News Scientists Scanning Household Pets for COVID-19  WebMD

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All the Presidents' Pets - Today.com - Today.com - Today.com  Today.com

Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD - WebMD - WebMD
Salmonella Scare Drives Pet Food Recall - WebMD - WebMD  WebMD

The pet business is booming as Americans spend more on their animals while they work from home - CNBC
The pet business is booming as Americans spend more on their animals while they work from home  CNBC

Should You Get A Dog Or Cat? Stories Of Pet Ownership In The Pandemic : Shots - Health News - NPR
Should You Get A Dog Or Cat? Stories Of Pet Ownership In The Pandemic : Shots - Health News  NPR

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White House pets, from adorable to very weird  CBS News

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