Introducing a Kitten to an Older Cat

Create a safe space for the new kitten. Set up a separate area with food, water, and a litter box. Ensure the older cat's territory is respected.

Prepare the Environment

Introduce scents before physical meetings. Swap bedding or toys between the two cats to familiarize them with each other's smell.

Scent Exchange

Allow the cats to see each other through a crack in the door or a gate. This helps them get accustomed to each other's presence without direct contact.

Visual Introduction

Reward good behavior with treats and affection. Encourage positive interactions and create positive associations between the cats.

Positive Reinforcement

Gradually allow the cats to interact under close supervision. Keep initial meetings short and gradually extend the time as they become more comfortable.

Supervised Meetings

Observe body language closely. Look for signs of stress or aggression. If any issues arise, take a step back and proceed more slowly.

Watch for Signs of Stress

Ensure each cat has its own resources like food bowls, water bowls, and litter boxes. This prevents competition and reduces stress.

Provide Separate Resources

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