Cat Care Tips

Introducing your new cat to other pets

Cats to cats: When introducing a new cat to a household that already contains cats, make the meeting gradual. It takes one to two weeks for most cats to get used to living together. Not all cats become the best of friends but most will tolerate each other. Completely separate the cats in two different rooms to start. Allow the cats to get used to each other's smells under the door. Also, rub a towel on each cat, especially around the chin glands and let the other cat smell it. Some hissing and growling is to be expected. Owners can try to elicit play by passing a string or "Cat Dancer" under the door. When the hissing and growling decreases, open the door a crack with a doorstop to allow the cats to see each other. Start to do this during feeding time so the cats associate seeing their future companion with good things. When they can tolerate seeing each other with little or no signs of aggression, let them be together in the same room. This can also be done during mealtime at first. Owners should keep the initial sessions together short before there is any chance that aggression will occur. Comfortable cages are often helpful in the introduction process to help with the process of separation and gradual introduction.

Nine Good Reasons for Adopting an Older Cat


Avoid the "Crazy Kitten" stage. Older cats are generally calmer than the "little ones" and make more mellow roommates than do their junior counterparts.

Adult cats are usually less destructive and less prone to ruin furniture, curtains, clothing, etc

Adult cats have generally completed their "hyperactive" stage.

Adult cats have already developed temperaments and personalities. As a result, you can choose an adult cat with a personality that pleases you.

Older cats have already been spayed and/or neutered.

Adult cats are already fully trained.

You know what an adult cat looks like. There are no surprises in terms of wondering what your adorable little kitten will look like when it grows up.

Adult cats stay adult cats for a long time. Kittens become adult cats more quickly than you can imagine.

Adult cats can teach humans things. Count on your adult cat to teach you the benefit of a snooze; the pleasure of watching a sunbeam; the fascination of a shadow; the joy of a warm snuggle, and the beautiful sound of a purr.

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