Are You Introducing a New Cat to the Family?

How to Introduce Cats to your Current Fur Family

4 Tips for Introducing Cats

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Keep Introductions Short At First

After your cats start becoming more comfortable with each other's scents and during their visual meetings, you can slowly start introducing time together. Start by removing the barriers between the two and let them explore on their own (while keeping a watchful eye). These meetings should be short and in a “neutral space” that neither cat has been spending most of their time in. It’s normal for them to be shy or hesitant at first - no need to rush them. Try adding toys in the space to encourage play. If there are any signs of discomfort, long staring or hissing, or fighting, you should step in and separate them and go back to the visual phase. Pay attention to both cat’s cues, they will tell you how relaxed and accepting each cat is (or isn’t).

Repeat this process as many times as you need until they show signs of being more comfortable and relaxed with each other. Longer term interactions and unsupervised access should be introduced gradually. Start with shorter interactions when you are there and increase as each cat shows their comfortability. Don’t worry if they aren’t playing or snuggling right away - time is key!

Keep Calm

Pets are very perceptive of our emotions. They can pick up on your anxiousness as well as the other animals in the home. Patience and understanding is key.

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Introducing cats & dogs?

It’s a common misconception that cats and dogs don’t get along. Or course, each pet has a different personality that will impact their relationship, but not all hope is lost! Similar to introducing cats, creating safe spaces, swapping scents, and being patient can help your pets become friends.

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