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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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Nationwide dropping pet insurance for 100,000 - Fox Business
  1. Nationwide dropping pet insurance for 100,000  Fox Business
  2. Nationwide drops pet insurance for 100,000 policyholders  USA TODAY
  3. Nationwide to drop about 100,000 pet insurance policies  CBS News

HFD says Waimanalo home fire results in death of 2 pets - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
HFD says Waimanalo home fire results in death of 2 pets  Honolulu Star-Advertiser

As heat builds across Maine, make sure to protect your pets and animals - WMTW Portland
  1. As heat builds across Maine, make sure to protect your pets and animals  WMTW Portland
  2. Tips to keep pets safe in the heat  WSAZ
  3. Pet owners prepare to keep their animals safe, hydrated during extreme heat wave  WKRC TV Cincinnati

How to navigate the end of your pet's life - The Associated Press
How to navigate the end of your pet's life  The Associated Press

Give a Shelter Pet a Snuggly Summer - countynewscenter.com
Give a Shelter Pet a Snuggly Summer  countynewscenter.com

How hot is too hot for New York City pets? Some tips as the dog days of summer approach. - Gothamist
How hot is too hot for New York City pets? Some tips as the dog days of summer approach.  Gothamist

Over 200 pets found new homes at Best Friends' adoption event - KFSM 5Newsonline
Over 200 pets found new homes at Best Friends' adoption event  KFSM 5Newsonline

Carrie Underwood's Tennessee home catches fire; family and pets unharmed - Fox News
Carrie Underwood's Tennessee home catches fire; family and pets unharmed  Fox News

Carrie Underwood, family and pets safe after house fire - Good Morning America
Carrie Underwood, family and pets safe after house fire  Good Morning America

Carrie Underwood's Nashville home catches fire... but singer's family and pets were 'unharmed' - Daily Mail
Carrie Underwood's Nashville home catches fire... but singer's family and pets were 'unharmed'  Daily Mail

Sweet dog in downtown Dallas window shows power of connection - The Dallas Morning News
Sweet dog in downtown Dallas window shows power of connection  The Dallas Morning News

Investigation of outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella shows link to pet treats - Food Safety News
Investigation of outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella shows link to pet treats  Food Safety News

Easy Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During 4th of July Fireworks - K945
Easy Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During 4th of July Fireworks  K945

Toledo Humane Society leaders frustrated by the number of calls about pets being left alone in the heat - WTVG
Toledo Humane Society leaders frustrated by the number of calls about pets being left alone in the heat  WTVG

Tips to keep your pets safe during stormy weather - KRIS 6 News Corpus Christi
Tips to keep your pets safe during stormy weather  KRIS 6 News Corpus Christi

San Antonio Pets Alive! to offer free adoption event on Thursday - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio Pets Alive! to offer free adoption event on Thursday  KSAT San Antonio

Las Vegas pet owner one of 100,000 dropped from Nationwide pet insurance - Fox 5 Las Vegas
Las Vegas pet owner one of 100,000 dropped from Nationwide pet insurance  Fox 5 Las Vegas

Dangerous heat in cars can be lethal to people and pets - WMNF
Dangerous heat in cars can be lethal to people and pets  WMNF

Family pets killed in Waimanalo house fire - Hawaii News Now
Family pets killed in Waimanalo house fire  Hawaii News Now

Keeping your pets safe in the heat - WNEM
Keeping your pets safe in the heat  WNEM

Nationwide Insurance dropping policies for around 100,000 pets - KIRO Seattle
Nationwide Insurance dropping policies for around 100,000 pets  KIRO Seattle

How ‘Mega' was one SPCA's adoption event? Check out how many pets found homes - NBC Philadelphia
How ‘Mega' was one SPCA's adoption event? Check out how many pets found homes  NBC Philadelphia

Brentwood certified as a 'Better Cities for Pets' until 2027 - williamsonherald.com
Brentwood certified as a 'Better Cities for Pets' until 2027  williamsonherald.com

Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review - Business Insider
Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review  Business Insider

Pets of the Week: June 17 - WAKA
Pets of the Week: June 17  WAKA

Augusta pet shelter working on a plan to cut its kill rate - WRDW
Augusta pet shelter working on a plan to cut its kill rate  WRDW

Tips to keep pets safe in the heat - WSAZ
Tips to keep pets safe in the heat  WSAZ

Love pets? So do the artists in latest arts council exhibit - The Mountaineer
Love pets? So do the artists in latest arts council exhibit  The Mountaineer

Pets in Fiction by Eliza Knight - BookTrib
Pets in Fiction by Eliza Knight  BookTrib

Northeast Ohio extreme heat: How to keep your pets safe and help those at risk - Cleveland 19 News
Northeast Ohio extreme heat: How to keep your pets safe and help those at risk  Cleveland 19 News

Here's how to keep your pets safe during Pittsburgh's heat wave - CBS Pittsburgh
Here's how to keep your pets safe during Pittsburgh's heat wave  CBS Pittsburgh

Local humane society offers tips for keeping pets safe in hot weather - WJRT
Local humane society offers tips for keeping pets safe in hot weather  WJRT

Brett the Vet talks microchips for pets - 12news.com KPNX
Brett the Vet talks microchips for pets  12news.com KPNX

My Turn: Pet abandonment is a form of abuse - The Recorder
My Turn: Pet abandonment is a form of abuse  The Recorder

140 pets received free spay, neuter services provided by City of Weslaco - KVEO-TV
140 pets received free spay, neuter services provided by City of Weslaco  KVEO-TV

Nationwide dropping 100,000 pet policies. Could more companies follow? - WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm
Nationwide dropping 100,000 pet policies. Could more companies follow?  WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm

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Giving your pet ice cubes when it's hot outside won't hurt them, and other pet safety tips for extreme heat: VERIFY with ...  WKYC.com

Protecting Children And Pets: The Laws On Hot Car Risks In Cheyenne - Kgab
Protecting Children And Pets: The Laws On Hot Car Risks In Cheyenne  Kgab

Never leave kids or pets in a car in hot weather - WTRF
Never leave kids or pets in a car in hot weather  WTRF

Here's how to keep your pets safe during this week's intense heat wave in Maryland - CBS Baltimore
Here's how to keep your pets safe during this week's intense heat wave in Maryland  CBS Baltimore

Veterinarian gives advice on keeping pets safe in the heat - ABC17News.com
Veterinarian gives advice on keeping pets safe in the heat  ABC17News.com

Country's largest pet insurance provider drops thousands of pet insurance policies due to spiraling costs in vet care - KPRC Click2Houston
Country's largest pet insurance provider drops thousands of pet insurance policies due to spiraling costs in vet care  KPRC Click2Houston

Nationwide Insurance drops thousands of pet policies. Here's why | cbs8.com - CBS News 8
Nationwide Insurance drops thousands of pet policies. Here's why | cbs8.com  CBS News 8

Keep people and pets safe during dangerous heat - WCVB Boston
Keep people and pets safe during dangerous heat  WCVB Boston

Heed the heat: Protecting pets, kids, and the elderly from extreme temperatures - Turn to 10
Heed the heat: Protecting pets, kids, and the elderly from extreme temperatures  Turn to 10

Separate fires damage homes, destroy Evans shed, kill 4 pets - WRDW
Separate fires damage homes, destroy Evans shed, kill 4 pets  WRDW

Pets at risk: Local vet warns of heat dangers as temperatures soar - WJAC Johnstown
Pets at risk: Local vet warns of heat dangers as temperatures soar  WJAC Johnstown

Nationwide Pet Insurance Drops 100,000 Policies - RetailWire
Nationwide Pet Insurance Drops 100,000 Policies  RetailWire

Pet Summer Safety Tips | Keep Your Pets Cool & Safe This Summer - The Spokesman Review
Pet Summer Safety Tips | Keep Your Pets Cool & Safe This Summer  The Spokesman Review

CNY record heat wave prompts neighbors to keep pets inside - CNYcentral.com
CNY record heat wave prompts neighbors to keep pets inside  CNYcentral.com

Protect your pets in soaring temperatures, high humidity - UpNorthLive.com
Protect your pets in soaring temperatures, high humidity  UpNorthLive.com

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Pets Fur People's Pet of the Week | News | jacksonvilleprogress.com  Jacksonville Daily Progress

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Diphtheria-like illness found in Utah and Colorado pet owners  Axios

Love 4 Pets: June 18, 2024 - KOB.com - KOB 4
Love 4 Pets: June 18, 2024 - KOB.com  KOB 4

Carrie Underwood, family and pets safe after house fire - ABC News
Carrie Underwood, family and pets safe after house fire  ABC News

Diamond Pet Foods, Kennelpak expand partnership | PetfoodIndustry - PetfoodIndustry.com
Diamond Pet Foods, Kennelpak expand partnership | PetfoodIndustry  PetfoodIndustry.com

Expert Tips to Support and Celebrate Aging Pets - AccessWire
Expert Tips to Support and Celebrate Aging Pets  AccessWire

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More than 4,000 additional robotic pets to be given to seniors in New York to combat loneliness  ABC News

Spare Your Pets From Tragedy By Embarking On Emergency Preparedness - Samantha Laturno
Spare Your Pets From Tragedy By Embarking On Emergency Preparedness  Samantha Laturno

First-Ever California Adopt-a-Pet Day Finds Homes for 3,609 Pets, Nearly Doubles Goal - PR Newswire
First-Ever California Adopt-a-Pet Day Finds Homes for 3,609 Pets, Nearly Doubles Goal  PR Newswire

Indiana State Police warns hot cars, kids and pets don’t mix - Daily Journal
Indiana State Police warns hot cars, kids and pets don’t mix  Daily Journal

Keeping your pets cool in extreme temperatures - FOX 47 News Lansing - Jackson
Keeping your pets cool in extreme temperatures  FOX 47 News Lansing - Jackson

Philadelphia heat wave: Here's how to keep your pets safe - FOX 29 Philadelphia
Philadelphia heat wave: Here's how to keep your pets safe  FOX 29 Philadelphia

How to use 24PetConnect, an online database for lost pets in Dane County - WKOW
How to use 24PetConnect, an online database for lost pets in Dane County  WKOW

Laramie Police: Don't Leave Kids Or Pets In Hot Cars - laramielive.com
Laramie Police: Don't Leave Kids Or Pets In Hot Cars  laramielive.com

10 biggest summer health hazards for pets: Expert - Yahoo Canada Shine On
10 biggest summer health hazards for pets: Expert  Yahoo Canada Shine On

Rabid raccoon confirmed in Clarendon County, four pets exposed - Abccolumbia.com
Rabid raccoon confirmed in Clarendon County, four pets exposed  Abccolumbia.com

Heat wave prompts safety tips for residents and pets - wrde.com
Heat wave prompts safety tips for residents and pets  wrde.com

West Mifflin council rejects proposal for pet limit - WPXI Pittsburgh
West Mifflin council rejects proposal for pet limit  WPXI Pittsburgh

Keeping pets safe in the heat | wnep.com - WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Keeping pets safe in the heat | wnep.com  WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Maine officials offer tips to keep pets safe during extreme heat - WGME
Maine officials offer tips to keep pets safe during extreme heat  WGME

Keeping your pets safe from the incoming heat wave - WLNE-TV (ABC6)
Keeping your pets safe from the incoming heat wave  WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Experts give pet safety tips for the heat - WBNG
Experts give pet safety tips for the heat  WBNG

Experts give pet safety tips for the heat - WBNG
Experts give pet safety tips for the heat  WBNG

Rabid raccoon confirmed in Clarendon County; four pets exposed - The Post and Courier
Rabid raccoon confirmed in Clarendon County; four pets exposed  The Post and Courier

15 pets dead after fire fills Iowa City home with carbon monoxide - KGAN TV
15 pets dead after fire fills Iowa City home with carbon monoxide  KGAN TV

Keeping children and pets safe during a heat wave - Eyewitness News 3
Keeping children and pets safe during a heat wave  Eyewitness News 3

Tips to keep your pets safe during heat wave - PHL17 Philadelphia
Tips to keep your pets safe during heat wave  PHL17 Philadelphia

Pets could be at risk for heartworm as more mosquitoes show up across valley - KTNV 13 Action News Las Vegas
Pets could be at risk for heartworm as more mosquitoes show up across valley  KTNV 13 Action News Las Vegas

Pets of the Week | Online Features | tampabeacon.com - Tampa Beacon
Pets of the Week | Online Features | tampabeacon.com  Tampa Beacon

Nationwide insurance: Thousands of pet owners to lose coverage - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Nationwide insurance: Thousands of pet owners to lose coverage  Daytona Beach News-Journal

June is Pet Preparedness Month | WFIW - WFIW
June is Pet Preparedness Month | WFIW  WFIW

Don't forget to make a plan for your pets when a storm approaches - Wink News
Don't forget to make a plan for your pets when a storm approaches  Wink News

Nationwide is dropping pet insurance coverage for 100,000 animals - Scripps News
Nationwide is dropping pet insurance coverage for 100,000 animals  Scripps News

Pet Parents Left in a Panic After Nationwide Drops 100000 Pet Insurance Policies - The Wildest
Pet Parents Left in a Panic After Nationwide Drops 100000 Pet Insurance Policies  The Wildest

Mom Upgrades Deck Just to Make Golden Retriever Smile & Pet Parents Totally Get It - Parade Pets
Mom Upgrades Deck Just to Make Golden Retriever Smile & Pet Parents Totally Get It  Parade Pets

Soak up the sun: Readers share summertime pet photos - Greenfield Daily Reporter
Soak up the sun: Readers share summertime pet photos  Greenfield Daily Reporter

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Pet of the Week: Perfect Pisces  WTVY

Find out how Ames Pet Food Pantry serves 500 animals a month - Ames Tribune
Find out how Ames Pet Food Pantry serves 500 animals a month  Ames Tribune

How to keep your pets safe in the extreme heat - WTOL
How to keep your pets safe in the extreme heat  WTOL

Top Pet Insurance Plans: Coverage, Comparisons, and Tips - Business Insider
Top Pet Insurance Plans: Coverage, Comparisons, and Tips  Business Insider

Tips on how to keep pets safe in the heat - FOX 32 Chicago
Tips on how to keep pets safe in the heat  FOX 32 Chicago

Top Multiple-Pet Insurance Plans in 2024: a Guide for Multi-Pet Owners - Business Insider
Top Multiple-Pet Insurance Plans in 2024: a Guide for Multi-Pet Owners  Business Insider

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Pawsing 4 Pets: Kitty cat chat with Jax Humane & how you can name a kitten  WJXT News4JAX

Nationwide drops coverage of 100000 pets - TheStreet
Nationwide drops coverage of 100000 pets  TheStreet

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer Season - WGN TV Chicago
Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer Season  WGN TV Chicago

How to keep your house pets and farm animals cool during Maine's heat wave - Lewiston Sun Journal
How to keep your house pets and farm animals cool during Maine's heat wave  Lewiston Sun Journal

Cortland County SPCA Reminding of Dangers to Pets in High Temperatures - X101 Always Classic Local News
Cortland County SPCA Reminding of Dangers to Pets in High Temperatures  X101 Always Classic Local News

Pets and livestock susceptible to extremely high temperatures in Ohio - Mansfield News Journal
Pets and livestock susceptible to extremely high temperatures in Ohio  Mansfield News Journal

Petco Love Celebrates Foster a Pet Month, Reminds Pet Lovers YOU Can Save a Life - PR Newswire
Petco Love Celebrates Foster a Pet Month, Reminds Pet Lovers YOU Can Save a Life  PR Newswire

Nationwide plans to drop 100,000 pet insurance policies across US - San Francisco Chronicle
Nationwide plans to drop 100,000 pet insurance policies across US  San Francisco Chronicle

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You Auto Know: Leaving Pets in Car with AC, Loud Clunking Sound  erienewsnow.com

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