"Hey Deb, did I ever tell you you look 90 from this angle?"
Here's a Cat-tip-for-the-day =^..^=Introducing a new cat to the resident cat
Here are a few tips from someone who really does believe that baby-steps need to be taken.
First, put the new cat in a room of its' own with food, water and litter.
Give your resident cat time to get used to something being on the other side of the door.
Then rub down each cat with a sock. Be sure to rub around the cheeks where the scent glands are.
Put the opposite sock with the cats to watch the reaction of each cat.
Once they stop hissing (or they may not) from smelling the sock then switch rooms. Put the new cat in the room that the resident cat was in and the resident cat goes into the room where the new cat came out of. Let them roam around a bit getting used to each other's scent.
Think of it this way. If a person was to arrive at your home that you had never met would you feel more comfortable knowing something about this person before they arrive? Wouldn't you have lots of questions? Once being informed about this person would you not feel more comfortable once you meet? It is the same for the animals.
Before introducing them have on hand some treats and toys. There most likely will be some hissing so be prepared for that. Give the resident cat more attention and keep your eyes on that one mostly. If it looks like there will be an attack you should immediately put the new cat back into its' room and wait for another day to try this. This could take awhile so take your time with it. It could be up to two weeks or so before the cats can be left in a room unsupervised or you might be lucky and they like each other immediately. Remember....baby steps.
I was one spoiled Nana this week. Three days seeing our little Gwyn. She is first in line to check out the little Spring/Easter cupboard. We played and took photos and a tired little baby most likely slept all the way home.
polka dot pants, polka dot shirt, polka dot sweater and a polka dot barrette. :)
Hope everyone has a good weekend. It's + weather all week-end. Yippee!
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For Sophie - due to some problems I had with my email I wonder if you could give me another update on your kitty. Thanks.