will my cat accept a new kitten

Adult cats will usually accept a new kitten much more easily than they will accept a new adult cat. Cats are territorial, and your cat may resent an adult feline intruder. If you’re able to choose from a group of kittens, avoid a kitten that’s hissing, growling or engaged in serious battle with his mates.

Get Your Home Ready

Before the kitten comes home, you should set up new furniture for them, including beds, food bowls, extra litter boxes, and toys. A week or so before the new arrival, begin placing these items in their new locations so your adult cat can get used to the smells and all the new stuff. Try to incorporate things that already have the kitten’s scent on them if at all possible. Make sure you are ready for the kitten. Your elderly cat can sense when you’re anxious and unprepared, and it will have a bad effect on them.

Give your new kitten a small room to hide out in for the first week or so, like a bathroom. Although it shouldn’t interact with the kitten, your older cat should be able to reach the door of this room and smell and hear them. Put the kitten’s things in this room, including the food bowls and litter box, and add an older cat’s toy in there as well.

Cats are typically stressed by limited access to resources. Food, water, litter boxes, ideal perching locations, and you are among the resources. Every cat should have their own litter box in addition to an extra one, and the boxes should be placed all over the house. Remember that cats prefer not to walk in the same direction as other cats when they are trying to get to a resource, so arrange resources in different areas of the house. Recall that utilizing pheromones and calming supplements is a good idea before making any changes to your home, as this procedure alone has been linked to stress-related illnesses in cats.

Allow Your Cat to Establish Boundaries

Cats require order, and any newcomer to the house needs to be taught the rules. There might be a while when your older cat tries to set limits with the new kitten. When the new kitten does something unpleasant, your older cat might hiss and swat at it. As long as it’s just hissing and swatting, this is perfectly normal, so try not to get involved. The kitten is learning where its boundaries as a new cat are from your older cat.

Introduce Your Cat to the New Kitten

Allow your cat to sniff your kitten while it’s in a carrier when you first bring it home. Proceed straight to the room that has been prepared and assigned for your new kitten, and let it explore. The bed, food bowls, toys, and litter box should all be within easy reach. Keep your older cat away from the kitten right away.

Keep the kitten in its allotted room with the door closed at night, when you’re not home, and whenever you can’t keep an eye on it and your older cat. When your cat becomes inquisitive, it might listen to the kitten, stick a paw under the door, and sniff under it. Continue doing this for a week or so, based on how your cat responds to the changes. After playing with your kitten, remember to give your older cat lots of attention. Simply wash your hands after each play session to stop the initial spread of infections. It will require your care and encouragement, and the scent of the kitten on your clothes will aid in its acclimatization to the new environment.

FAQ

How long will it take for my cat to accept a new kitten?

You should expect the introduction process to take no less than a week but could take much longer depending on your cats’ temperaments. Before bringing a new cat home, ensure that you have the time and resources to handle this process with care and compassion.

What if my cat doesn’t accept the new kitten?

Gradually get closer to the door, but take it very slowly, monitor reactions, go back a step or two if your cat gets aroused, and so on. Eventually, the cat may begin to feel more comfortable in the presence of your new kitten, and start to accept the kitten as a new member of the household.

How do you tell if your cat will accept a kitten?

They Have Feline Friends In The Neighborhood If your cat is friendly with other cats, they might be more likely to accept a new cat in the family. So, if your cat regularly sits or sunbathes near another cat in the garden and seems relaxed in their presence, this could be a positive sign.

Will a new kitten change my cat?

Any time you bring another cat into the house, you risk a personality change in the existing cats. That doesn’t necessarily mean less affection. You just have to know as a cat owner that something may change. A colony of cats is like a compound; add or remove one element and the qualities of the whole may change.