This all depends on how many people are in your house, if you have other animals, if you are introducing a new cat that had bad experiences with other cats or dogs, or even people, all these factors and a lot more can influence the difficulty of introducing a new cat.
What you will learn here:
- Introducing a new cat when there are no other animals in your household.
- Introducing a new cat when there is a dog older than 8 months in your household.
- Introducing a cat when there is a puppy in your house.
- Introducing a new cat to your older cat.
- Introducing a new cat to your children.
- Introducing a new kitten to your household
- Introducing a new kitten to your older cat
- Introducing a new kitten to your older dog
- Introducing a new kitten to your puppy
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Introducing a new cat that is 10 months old or more, is a bit different than introducing a kitten because an older cat already developed certain habits that were influenced by the environment it grew up in.
The first thing you need to know is that besides the instincts a cat has to help it survive, a cat is also highly influenced by it’s surroundings and the people around it. This is why before introducing a new cat to your household, it’s very important to know as much about it’s past as you can.
This is especially important for rescued cats that may have had traumatic experiences with other cats, dogs or people.
Remember that even if the cat you are trying to introduce to your household had traumatic experiences in the past, it’s fears can be overcome if you have a bit of patience and, of course, the right information.
Now let’s get to the part where you learn how to introduce a new cat to your household.
Introducing a new cat when there are no other animals in your household.
This is quite an easy thing to do, provided that the cat you are bringing home hasn’t had any traumatic experiences with other people in the past.
When you brought the new cat home, make sure you make it familiar with the scent of the people in your house. This makes it a lot easier for the cat to accommodate to you and your family. To do this just put different objects that you and your family use often, around the house. You don’t have to turn your house into a warzone to do that by throwing all your dirty laundry on the floor. Just a few things here and there are enough, for example, if you often wear a certain hat, put that hat on the sofa or where the cat usually hangs out. Also leave something near to it’s food bowl, so every time it eats your scent is also present. Just keep in mind that some cats, especially younger ones tend to chew things, so don’t use your best things for this part of the introduction process.
If the new cat you just brought home didn’t have a traumatic experience with other people, it will accommodate very fast to you and your family. In this case it helps to give it as much attention as you can by petting it, grooming it, playing with it and so on.
A cat that had no traumatic experiences with other people will adapt to your family very fast, within hours or days at most.
Of course, developing a strong bond with the cat takes time, patience and devotion, don’t forget that.