Monday’s Best: How To Add A New Kitten To Your Family When You Already Have A Cat – A Step-By-Step.

Viral Spell’s Monday’s Best gives you one big success story! For anyone who doesn’t know, adding a cat to your already-cat-occupied house isn’t that easy, because cats are very territorial. We show you how to do it!

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1. Adding a new kitten to the family isn’t simple when you already have a cat, but they did it! The Introduction. New cat is going to be in her crate or be protected during this time. At this point your home cat “knows” what the new cat smells like, but they need to register it with a face. Take your new cat into home cat territory and let them meet face to face. There will be hissing / growling that will occur. This is normal. After a minute or two, separate them again by putting new cat back in their room.

Monday's Cutest: Adding A New Kitten To The Family Isn't Simple When You Already Have A Cat, But They Did It!

The Door Technique. Now that home cat knows that new cat is behind door #1, it’s time to encourage the two to interact with each other little by little.

The best way to do this is to have planned eating times and to feed both on the opposite sides of the door at the same time. This allows them to associate food with friends (friends aren’t food). Playing with toys (string under the door) and having them play with each other’s paws is good.

If there is any hissing or growling, distance the food and toys away from the door. Once they seem comfortable with each other and there is no aggressive behavior, we can move to the next technique. THIS CAN TAKE DAYS TO ACHEIVE (it’s not simple).

Always remember to help your cats associate food, play, and love with each other.

Monday's Cutest: Adding A New Kitten To The Family Isn't Simple When You Already Have A Cat, But They Did It!

The Gate Technique. You can use gates to separate the two cats. Allowing the cats to see each other adds a greater and more difficult component to them associating food, play and love together.

You need to distance them AGAIN because they are going to be more on edge now that they see each other (even though they were having fun touching each other’s paws). Day by day, move the gates closer together as long as there is no hissing / growling.

Eventually, you want to have only one gate separating them.

Monday's Cutest: Adding A New Kitten To The Family Isn't Simple When You Already Have A Cat, But They Did It!

The time has come! If no hissing or growling has come about after a day of having one gate (at least a week since you brought new cat home) then you may now introduce them to each other without any walls. This is the time where you feed and play with them. Hopefully, Home Kat might take a liking to new cat and will try to groom (lick) new cat to put their scent on new cat. This is good! You only want to have them be together for a short time though. Things tend to escalate pretty quickly in the animal kingdom and they might literally be fighting in no time.

If no hissing or growling has come about after a day of having one gate (at least a week since you brought new cat home) then you may now introduce them to each other without any walls. This is the time where you feed and play with them. Hopefully, Home Kat might take a liking to new cat and will try to groom (lick) new cat to put their scent on new cat. This is good! You only want to have them be together for a short time though. Things tend to escalate pretty quickly in the animal kingdom and they might literally be fighting in no time.

Gauging times together. More and more you want them to spend more and more time together. However, you have to be smart about this. Home cat is always going to be the top dog (cat) and will not accept any disrespect. What will happen is home cat will bite new cat as a domineering act.

You will want to disrupt these conflicts with food, play, and love as much as possible. You might also want to make loud noises such as clapping your hands. Ultimately, after these encounters you want to put new cat is a different room than home cat. If new cat is a kitten, they need time to get as big as home cat so they can fend for themselves.

Monday's Cutest: Adding A New Kitten To The Family Isn't Simple When You Already Have A Cat, But They Did It!

A fluffy companion. Your ultimate goal is to help both cats learn to live in harmony with each other and associate positives with each other (not negatives). Don’t hurt home cat just because they’re biting new cat or vice versa. They’re just being animals and they need love and understanding too.

Monday's Cutest: Adding A New Kitten To The Family Isn't Simple When You Already Have A Cat, But They Did It!

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