Introducing a new cat or kitten to one or several resident cats can be quite stressful, to all concerned. A little bit of extra effort at the beginning can make the difference between a good or bad relationship in the future.
You want your cats to get along and this should be done gradually. Whilst the new cat is restricted to one room in the home (with their own food and water bowls, litter box, bedding, toys, scratching post), you can swap scents between the cats, so they get used to each other before meeting for the first time.
Scent swapping can be done either by stroking one cat after the other or by rubbing material on their cheek and placing it with the other cat. This will allow them time to get used to each other’s scent before meeting for the first time.
Supervise first meeting of the cats:
- You need to supervise the first meeting of cats.
- Each cat should be able to have an escape route.
Use a FELIWAY Diffuser:
Use a FELIWAY Diffuser for at least one month. The FELIWAY Diffuser will help both the new and resident cat(s). Sometimes resident cats may need longer to adjust, in which case you can use FELIWAY Refills as long as needed.
Plug-in a FELIWAY Diffuser in the room your cats spend most of their time in. If cats are separated or do not share the same living areas, this may require having one diffuser in each area.
Each cat should have access to their own resources.
Additionally, each cat should have access to their own resources (food and water bowl, litter box, resting area).
Conflict between cats:
If after a few weeks your cats don’t get along and exhibit signs of conflict such as fighting, chasing, blocking or staring you can use a FELIWAY Friends Diffuser to reduce conflict between cats living together. A FELIWAY Friends Diffuser is only necessary if your cats don’t get along.