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Yesterday i got a new kitten to add to our family. Tilly is 9 weeks old and im at a loss as to what to do. We have an almost three year old male (desexed) andi am usure as to how to introduce the two. Vinnie notice tilly in the bathroom last night and had a good sniff through the door. Hissed a bit and then sat there for an hour. What next?
Also tilly isnt 'trained'. I am not sure how toas vinnie came to us litter trained. Any tips wouls be much appreciated
My friend has had lots of cats, and she just usually lets them sort it out between themselves....but then her cats are already used to having other cats around, so a new family member tends to have to just slot in with the established order of things.:confused:
If you provide litter and a clean litter tray kittens generally work it out for themselves. Else gently place the kitten in the tray a few times a day.
As for introducing the two cats I just let them slowly do it themselves. It can take a while for them to become friends, if they ever do. It took my current cat and my kitten 6 months to even sit next to each other. The hissing stopped after a few weeks.
Kittens are easy! food, water, litter and loving :)
I think you will need to bite the bullet and introduce them, WITH SUPERVISION.
I found that combined with watching their parents do it (my kittens grew older before we gave them away) helped them to understand.
Keeping a low to the ground litter tray would help.
Putting kitty in there when she first wakes up and directly after a feed helps too. :yes:
Don't get too in-her-face about it though otherwise you might find she will stay AWAY from the litter tray.
Just pop her in gently and walk away.
We introduced a new female kitten to the family (we have a desexed male as well) about 2months ago, we just plonked them in the same room supervised let them suss each other out, it took about a week for them to tolerate each other, and a couple weeks til they became friends, now they are inseperable! You may need to get a second litter tray as I have found the male won't use the same tray as the kitten!
With liter training cats will usually train themselves (much easier then dogs!) but like what Nibble said is a good idea - cause like children they sometimes forget!
With introducing cats what I have found that works best and is less stressfull for everyone is if you keep them seperate for a few days and let them check eachother out under the door. Once they get used to that swap an item over - a bed or blanket the other cat sleeps on and let them check that out for a while till the get used to that.
Then after another day - swap them into eachothers spaces and wonder around for the next few hours or so and then swap them back then the next day or two you can slowly give them supervised visits.
At the end of the day they're going to hiss and fight but as you have a kitten the process should be a little easier!
I've moved so many times now - the two times that stand out the most for me was introducing my 2 cats (one male one female both 2 yrs) to a 15 year old male - in a new house for all of them. And introducing the same two cats to a house of 4 females...
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