Introducing a New Cat
Adding a new cat to the mix? It’s possible that your current kitty will react to the newcomer by distancing herself. She may hide for a few days, refusing to even acknowledge the newbie. Or she may act up in an effort to scare new kitty away. Tidy has some simple ideas to help ease the transition and make everyone feel at home:
- Introduce them slowly. Give each cat some personal space for the first few days to let both cats get used to each other’s scent.
- Set up a litter box, food and water in the new cat’s room. You know—her own stuff, her own space.
- Supervise their first meetings.
Selecting a New Cat
If adopting an adult cat, try to find one who’s lived with other cats. And keep in mind that your current cat will be more likely to accept the new one if they are the same sex and close in age.
For a harmonious two-cat home, Tidy suggests any of the following pairings: two kittens; a mature, neutered cat and kitten; or two mature, neutered cats (either two females or a male and a female). A pair of intact mature male cats can lead to some wild shenanigans.
If you already have a mature kitty, consider her personality when choosing a new pet. If she’s active, she might like a kitten for a playmate. But if she’s on the quiet side, she might prefer a more mature friend.
Your cats may not have an all-out turf war, but they may get a little territorial. Keep things calm by placing litter boxes throughout your home so each cat has a place to go when they need to. Make sure you have enough scratching posts and toys to make sure everyone has a (non-destructive) place to play.
Tidy says welcome to the family.