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Cat behavior

Discussion in 'Cat Discussion' started by _unoriginal, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Is there a 2 week shutdown for cats? What's the proper way to introduce cats especially when the existing cat isn't thrilled that there's going to be another cat?

    I don't know anything about these darned little creatures but my neighbor just got a kitten and her current adult cat is not happy about it. She doesn't attack the little guy but she avoids the room.

    I think she needs time to adjust but I don't know about cats.

    And because we love pics.

  2. dogeatdog

    dogeatdog Good Dog

    A cat won't be happy about a new kitten in the house, just give them spaces to be apart (much easier if indoor /outdoor cats) and they will sort it out.
    It sounds like things will be OK if the adult cat is not attacking the kitten, but they need to make sure that the kitten is not pestering the older cat to much. It is very unlikely that they will fall in love with each other, play and cuddle together, so best you can hope for is two cats going about their business while taking little notice of the other, that is the best way with cats and dogs too.
  3. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I always give the new cat/kitten a week in a separate room to adjust to the new place/people, and your other cat can smell him through the door.
  4. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Right now the kitten is in a large wire dog crate (think Great Dane sized) with a blanket, food, water, and a litterbox. He is in there all the time unless he's being supervised to be outside of the crate. The resident adult cat doesn't go near the crate.

    The owner carried the cat over to the crate after just a couple hours and the cat hissed and howled and scratched to get away. I told her she was forcing things and it would backfire.

    I'm just worried if the resident cat doesn't warm up to the kitten, she's going to get rid of the kitten. The cat isn't very social anyway and I don't think it's going to end well for the kitten :(
  5. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I used to have the grumpiest, most antisocial cat ever and I thought it would never work to get another cat, but one day I had a 4 week old kitten literally shoved into my arms at work so I really had no choice. It took a few months, but my grumpy old cat finally warmed up to the kitten and they became totally inseparable. Not saying that it will definitely improve, but there's a good chance that they will get used to the kitten. They may not be best friends but I'm sure they'll tolerate each other. Definitely tell her not to force it though.
  6. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Yea she definitely needs to back off. Resident cat is curious. She hangs out in the hallway and watches. I think that's a good sign.
  7. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

  8. Alabai

    Alabai Puppy

    The proper way to introduce a new cat is to dedicate a single room for the new cat that the house cats aren't allowed in while he's in there. New cat will have his food, bed, litter box, and toys in this room.
    Leave him in there for a week or so before switching him out with the other cats, but do not let them see each other. My method for the switch is to take the free-roaming cats and put them in a bedroom, take New Cat and put him in the bathroom, free-roaming cats into New Cat's bedroom, and then let New Cat roam. Later on in the day switch them back.
    Introducing cats usually takes a long time. Sometimes cats will be okay with one another in just days, sometimes it takes months, maybe even years of stand-offs for cats to get along. The most important thing to note is that you CANNOT rush the introduction of two cats, meaning no more of bringing the older cat up to New Cat's cage, that can't happen. Every time a fight occurs, it brings the introduction process a few steps backwards.

    The way I did it was as follows:
    - New Cat goes into his own bedroom, Old Cats get to roam.
    - Three feet on either side of the door I lay down a strip of electrical tape as a marker, this is where the food bowls go.
    - Every two days, the food bowls are moved two inches closer to the door until all cats are comfortably eating against the door and can hear/smell New Cat on the other side, and vise versa.
    - If the cats are comfortably eating beside the door, you can put up a baby gate and cover it with a towel. Bring the food bowls back 3 feet, and repeat the process up to the baby gate, lifting the towel every time you move the bowls closer.
    -- I skipped the baby-gate part because I don't have one, and because the New Cat was "playing paws" under the door with the cat of mine who was the most aggressive towards him. This was a huge step in my opinion but perhaps a mistake to let them out so early.
    - Once the cats are okay with this, you can allow them to freely interact unrestrained, but keep an eye out for any fights. If fights break out, quietly pick up a cat and bring it into another room to relax; no shouting or screaming as this will negatively re-enforce feelings towards one another.
    When I let my New Cat out with my other cats, it was okay but the cat who was bullying him the most would chase him down, give him a smack, chase him up on the couch, etc. Eventually he decided this was some weird form of game I guess? So he turned it into chasing her when she left the room after chasing him, but never made any contact with claws.. Very strange.
    Now they can interact and hang out with one another but aren't the best of friends... they do still like chasing one another from one end of the house to the other, but at least it's no longer in an aggressive manner.

    The Duel For The Box - Imgur

    This was just a little spat, but she would have never let him get anywhere near that close before. (New Cat is the grey one)

    Good luck!
    (Remember: Anybody who is telling you to put two cats in a room to let them "fight it out" should be ignored. There will always be that one person in your life who suggests that. :no2:)

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