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Introducing kitten to old cat

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by KittyNoir, Jun 24, 2010.


  1. KittyNoir

    KittyNoir PetForums Newbie

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    Hi. I'm just after some advice about introducing my new kitten Coco to our resident cat Smudge.

    We got Coco last Friday and brought her home and put her in our bedroom which we are using as her 'safe room'. We have been swapping the cats smells between them both, swapping bedding, toys etc and yesterday we gave them their first introduction. We put Coco into her cat box and opened the bedroom door so Smudge could go in and have a nosey. Smudge stood at the door looking at Coco, hissing and growling (we expected as much) and walked away after a few minutes. I just want advice as to how many times we should let them see eachother like this before we actually bring them together without Coco being in her box, and what would be the best situation to do so i.e. should we open the door to the bedroom so Smudge can go in or do we take Coco into the living room (Smudge's territory) and let them meet face to face there? I know theres going to be some hissing and spitting no matter what we do until Smudge gets used to the kitten, but I just want to introduce them in the best way possible so that its a bi easier for them both.

    Any help very much appreciated.

    Thanks :)
     
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    serenade PetForums Newbie

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    we are going through similar:

    we have 2 2 year old sisters and an 11 week kitten, slighly different as the kitten has come from a well socialised environment with cats & dogs and is quite bold.


    anyway after a lot of soul searching and also obtaining advice from someone who fosters(has done the isolation & the put them straight together approach) and the outcome the same hissing and growling.

    we are now on day 4 and i must say things are slightly better, the get quite close but once the kitten gets to friendly and close she is quickly brought back into line.

    I have also brought a couple of feliway although they take a few days to work


    good luck it is very stressfull to watch
     
  3. KittyNoir

    KittyNoir PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks Serenade :). Which approach did you go for? The isolation or just putting them together?

    I know theres going to be some hissing and growling from Smudge, and that when they do get face to face Smudge will probably make more nice and give Coco a swipetoput her in her place. I just don't know whether to keep doing the introductions with Coco in the box or to just open the bedroom door, let Coco out and see what happens. Is it a case of the sooner they can meet face to face the sooner Smudge will realise that Coco isn't really a threat? :confused1:

    I've just introduced them again and it was the same, Coco meowing in her box and Smudge puffing herself up and hissing and growling
     
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    Debi PetForums Member

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    we got our 2 kittens 3 weeks ago, they slept with us the first 3 nights. the first evening we let them explore downstairs with the other cats upstairs. then they had supervised time together (we put the kittens in our room when we had to go out). by the third day everyone was fine. there was some hissing and growling and an occasional swipe but not much else. tbh the kittens pretty much ignored the older cats and the older cats just walked off if it got a bit much. took a bit longer with the dogs, about 10 days or so.
     
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    KittyNoir PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the tips, Glad I'm not the only one starting out making a new kitty family!

    Smudge and Coco met face to face for the first time today for a couple of hours. Coco played on the floor and Smudge just sat and watched her from the sofa, giving a hiss or growl if Coco got too close. She then moved to the windowsill and went to sleep. When she woke up she moved back onto the sofa. Coco went up a couple of times and Smudge kind of swiped at her but didn't actually touch her and it looked a bit half hearted. So fingers crossed it will be the same tomorrow and we can slowly let them spend more time together, yay! :p

    I was so nervous about what would happen!
     
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