Are you thinking about bringing another cat into your home? Introducing cats can be tricky, as cats are territorial by nature. This is why you need to be cautious when bringing a new pet into your home and you should make sure that you take things slowly.
No matter how friendly your cat is with you the likelihood is that your pet will not welcome a new cat or kitten into the home with open paws – at least not right away. It can take time, effort, and a lot of patience for your pet to accept a new cat. Whilst there is no guarantee that they will become the best of feline friends, putting some effort and time into getting them properly acquainted can really pay off.
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Once you have both cats out and around each other, it's important to give them their space and their own belongings. Have separate litter boxes that aren't too close to one another and not too close to their food. Each cat will want his own privacy. Don't put their food bowls too close to one another, and never keep them next to their litter boxes.
You should provide separate bedding for each cat, even though once they get used to each other, they might end up cuddling up next to each other when they sleep.
After introducing cats you should make sure that you spend equal time with each cat. It is extremely important that you do this. Just like a child who may feel neglected if you pay more attention to a sibling, cats can feel neglected and jealousy can arise. Give lots of love to each cat so neither one feels neglected.
This is a possibility that should always be considered. It is possible that neither cat will take a liking to the other. Sometimes this is not a big problem. You may find that whilst the cats aren't the best of friends they will tolerate one another and simply do their own thing separately, which is fine – many cats are solitary creatures and don't want other cats to intrude on their privacy.
However, in other cases you may find that the animosity between the cats is too much. They may be fighting in and out of the home every time they see one another, and this can lead to injury, behavioural problems, and difficulties for both the cats and for you. If this is the case, it may be in the best interests of both the cats and you to find another good home for the new cat so that both of them can be happy and relaxed in their homes.
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