"They make it out among themselves" is unfortunately still a widespread prejudice when it comes to wanting cats to get used to each other. But if you just put the newcomer in front of your first cat in the nose, it means a breach of trust for both animals - depending on the cat personality, they react with aggression or with fear and withdrawal. Both are very stressful and stressful for the poor fur noses. So keep the following tips in mind when bringing two cats together and take your time.
A new kitty comes into the house: view from a cat's perspective
In the wild, cats usually have a cave or hiding place just for them to retreat to to sleep, rest and eat. This is their realm, their territory, where they feel comfortable and are safe. If a strange animal, a companion or other intruder comes, they see themselves and their secret place threatened and want to defend it or to get to safety as quickly as possible.
For our house cats, the apartment is this retreat, where they feel safe and secure, can move freely and eat, sleep and curiously watch their surroundings. Bring a new cat into the house and let it run around immediately, the first cat considers it an intruder. The second cat, on the other hand, senses exactly that it is on hostile terrain and is undesirable there. This is pure stress for both animals.
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How best to get two cats used to each other
Under no circumstances, therefore, should you be compelled to socialize two cats. The animals have to get used to each other carefully. Make sure that both velvet paws feel safe at all times and can make their own decisions according to their free will. This means that you do not simply lock the room tigers together in one room until they have fought out the hierarchy and hierarchy, but always offer the two fur snakes the opportunity to hide or retreat at any time if they want to be left alone. In addition, all cats need their own litter box (it is optimal if you always have a toilet more than cats in the house), your own sleeping places and your own drinking and feeding bowls.
It is best to take several days if you plan to provide a playmate to your friend. Ideally, you want the newcomer to move into your vacation or at least for a long weekend. Prepare a separate, separate room for the second cat by spending the first few days and feeling safe without disturbing the other fur nose. In order to be able to get two cats used to each other without the need for serious arguments and territorial battles, it helps to proceed step by step, using the senses of the velvet paws as a guide:
At the beginning, it is recommended that the two animals can only hear each other at first, so that they can get to know the voice of their new roommate and notice that there is still a member of the same species in the apartment, but who is not a threat.
Smell and taste
But the sense of smell in cats is even more important - the group smell is essential for the cohesion among house tigers, for example, because they recognize that the other kitty belongs to their family. There are various tricks here to familiarize the two cats with the fragrance of their new roommate without having to meet each other. For example, your old cat can sniff the transport box in which your new arrival has arrived. You can also use a clean sock or rag to wipe the cheeks of your new cat and lay down the piece of cloth from your old kitty to explore - and vice versa.
Then it is important that your fur lines link the smell of the other kitty with something positive and what would be more suitable than food? Keep the cats in separate rooms, but place the food bowls about a meter from the closed door. So the house tigers smell both the other cat and their food and notice that the other animal is not a threat to their resources. In addition, it makes sense to play with both cats next to the closed door, so that they also connect a positive impression with the smell of the strange kitty. Then you can also swap rooms, which means that your old cat can explore and sniff the room of the new entry, the new one can get to know the rest of the apartment comfortably. In addition, it can help if you use a pheromone atomizer for cats or spray a pheromone environmental spray - this has a calming effect on the fur noses.
sense of sight
Then the cats can see their "heart leaf". Make sure that you cannot touch them yet, so open the door just a crack or place a baby gate in the open door. The salon lions are already familiar with the smell of the other cat, and this way they can "talk" about body language without fighting and injuries.
Both animals still have their own realm, where they are safe, and can view and assess their roommate from a distance. Continue to feed and play with your cats near the "border" - ideally you are also a couple, so that there is always a person who takes care of the fur noses and does not feel disadvantaged.
sense of touch
Now comes the last step: the actual encounter. You can now remove the barrier in the door and introduce the cats to each other without a barrier. Be sure to oversee the first few encounters so that you can intervene if the cats are seriously beating and threatening to hurt, or if one animal tortures the other through bullying. A little hissing is fine, however, as are slight paws to keep the other cat at a distance.
In the following video you can see how the two famous cat friends Cole and Marmalade met:
When two cats fit together
If you have an older cat who mainly needs rest, you should not take the small, strong cat from the shelter who wants to play and run around. Even rather shy cats don't believe in daring new roommates. If possible, the characters of the old and new cat should harmonize so that the reunification is reasonably peaceful. In the animal shelter and at the breeder, you should describe the personality of your cat in as much detail as possible, so that the employees can recommend a character-appropriate kitty.
If your kitty’s beloved cat partner has recently passed away, let them process the loss before you bring in a new cat. If the cats have lived together for a long time, the bereaved will almost certainly mourn and withdraw for a long time. Wait until your old-established velvet paw is feeling better.
In our guide "How cats become friends: tips for a multi-cat household" you can find out more about how the fur noses develop sympathy for their conspecifics - or not.
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