How do you introduce a new kitten...

  1. to a home with one cat(a female)who thinks she runs the house already? I adopted a cutie pie kitten today...my son named her Raven. Well, I didn't think it would be easy bringing her into the house with my already spoiled adult cat...but watching them hunch their backs at each other and seeing who can hiss the longest is making my hair stand up. I am leaving to go to the movies in about an hour. Locking them up in 2 separate rooms is the right thing to do while I'm gone, right? Any advice on how to help these 2 live harmoniously would be greatly appreciated
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  3. by   jnette
    heh heh....... all in due time. They'll accept each other after a week or two, and before you know it, be best friends !

    You wait and see. The kitten will "hide" awhile, but eventually they'll get used to each other.. and all will be well.
  4. by   PennyLane
    I feel your pain. I'm going through this right now with a stray that I rescued off the streets. He's male, I got him fixed, and despite his small size, he's older than I thought (about 1 year). I have two other male cats at home. One gets along with the new kitty just fine, but the other, the head honcho, my big boy Murray HATES this new kitty. It's been about a month now.

    For a while I had to keep them totally separate with only supervised visits. Now I just keep the new kitten in his own room at night and when I'm not home. They still hiss at each other, but there haven't been any more big blow out cat fights.

    You may want to look into a product called "Feliway". I've ordered some from Drs. Foster Smith. I've heard from a couple of people that it really helps calm cats down.
  5. by   moonchild20002000
    My son rescued a kitten a few days ago,she looks like shes about 2-3 months old.
    We have four other cats and a dog. We just brought the kitten in and don't try to seperate her from the other kitties..
    We have had some hissing and hard looks,but,it will work out in a few days.
    I think the best way is to let them just work it out.
    All of our animals are pretty laid back and tolerant of one another.
  6. by   SugarMagnolia
    Here's what I did. I have two senior cats, Miss Bianca & Sinbad. They believed they were the only cats in the world. Then last summer I rescued a pair of kittens from an unsavory environment. They are Daphne & Caesar. There was much spitting & growling mostly from the adult cats. It's been a year now & they are all settled in for the most part. I just let the kittens go loose in my house, oriented 'em to the cat box & their food dishes & let 'em all work it out on their own. Your cats will settle down. I promise. Pam
  7. by   suzy253
    I agree it's very upsetting when you see your other cats react to a new kitty. I've usually kept the new kitty separated from the others--especially when no one was home to supervise. but having 5 cats right now, I can attest that they will get used to each other. although my oldest, Ally, who is 15, still hisses at the others--she could never adapt but that's just her personality. The others give her a wide berth when they come across her. My other cat, Bonnie who we call the mother of the family, immediately adopted our orange kitty, Harry when we got him about 4 years ago. She had to check him out first, smell him, etc. and then after awhile proceeded to give him an extensive bath. He loved it--loves her. She put her 'paw down' when he tried to nurse from her though. None of that! To this day they are best buddies and sleep together with their arms wrapped around each other. Too cute!
  8. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    We were constantly taking in animals as my children grew up. At one time we had an embarrassing nine cats! We started with one, of course, so the idea of getting cats used to the newer members got to be a real focus for us.

    Certainly keep them separated until you can trust them to behave while you are gone. Important for them and for your stuff.

    We used to place them close together (within the same 4 square feet) each held by his/her own person, and as they hissed etc., we would talk soothingly, stroke them gently behind the ears, and give them little goodies (bits of tuna were popular). Generally, as long as they had enough food, water and access to the litter box, everybody was happy. Adjustment generally only took at most a few days.

    We did have two cats who seemed to assume the foster parent role with the new additions, especially when those additions were kittens. The male would play with them--he was really big, but he would never put his weight on the kitten. It was like watching a daddy play with the baby--a little rougher than a mom would, but still gentle. The female would kind of ignore them initially, and sometimes she would actually lie in the litter box (as if to say, go get your own, shrimp!), but within days she would be grooming the kitten.

    Both those cats have passed on, but what wonderful animals they were. Makes me remember some wonderful times. Thanks for the post.
  9. by   canoehead
    I've got 5 cats, and generally set up a closet with litter box, food, water and a soft place to sleep for the new cat and show them where it is, so they can get away if need be. Then I let them work it out so long as there is no blood drawn. Everybody gets 1-1 time with me every day, especially if they have been picked on a lot, out of sight of the other cats. I generally plan on staying home for a few days so they will be supervised, but shut them into their own rooms for awhile if things get too heated.
  10. by   Katnip
    My son brought a kitten home a couple of weeks ago. Our cat was actually afraid of him, now they wrestle and play together. I do watch them very carefully and they aren't hurting each other.

    However, the older cat has not forgiven me. One of the problems is he tried to jump in my lap a few times and the kitten would do the same. The older cat would always leave, even when I put the little one down. Now he doesn't try to sit in my lap at all, or let me touch him.

    I can only hope in time he will get over his hurt feelings soon.

    My dog is afraid of the kitten because he hisses whenever she gets close. But that I see starting to work out as well since the little guy is getting used to having a dog around.
  11. by   Truly_Blessed
    Thanx for the suggestions and replies. There is not as much hissing today. My adult cat is following the kitten everwhere and batting at her really hard. I can't tell if she's using her claws, but the kitten sure does yowl when my adult cat touches her. Hopefully they will have this all done and over with soon.
  12. by   KarafromPhilly
    When I had this kind of situation, I put the adult cat in her kitty carrier and let the new kitten investigate the adult cat. They got to hiss and sniff and posture but they can't hurt each other, and it seemed to make it easier for them to get over their initial anxiety.
  13. by   ?burntout
    It takes a while, but they will grow to like each other.

    We went through this too after Simba passed away (4/02) and Belle was left by herself.
    We got a new kitten (5/02) because Belle was so lonesome. But as soon as she and Todd were "introduced"-the hissing and fur raising began (on Belle's part). :chuckle We kept Todd in our basement with his own litter box and food dishes; we moved Belle's to the garage and they had supervised play time. Belle would swat at Todd on occasion but she never did hurt him. It took several months until they were cordial to each other...and now they are the best of friends!

    Just watch them closely so they won't hurt each other...

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