Blending cats into one household: April 2008 Archives
Sometimes you have the option to choose the perfect cat to be a companion to the cat you already live with. In that case blending cats into one household can be a breeze. If you are thinking about getting another cat, here are some ways to make blending cats into one household a little easier.
So how do you choose? In a perfect world, choose the cat that comes close to the following criteria. Choose a cat that is:
* younger - a kitten younger than your cat might make your cat become a surrogate parent for the kitten.
* smaller - a kitten smaller than your cat is no physical threat so your cat won't likely cause any harm.
The sex of the cat is important too, your cat can feel threatened if you introduce a sexually mature unneutered cat into the household so try to get a new kitten that is either:
* opposite sex - get a male if you have a female and vice versa.
* sexually immature - older cats do not usually feel threatened by a younger kitten.
* neutered/spayed - if the kitten is already spayed or neutered, that's great, but if not, get the new cat spayed or neutered as soon as your vet says.
Sometimes you just don't have the ability to choose your second cat so blending cats into one household becomes a challenge. If the new cats are abandoned cats that need rescuing, you have to move quickly. See my previous post on Blending Cats Into One Household for pointers on how to prepare for the new cat.
Blending cats into one household can be the most challenging thing for cat owners. But here are some tips and pointers that have worked for thousands of cat lovers everywhere. Just remember to be patient and to make the introductions slowly.
I realize that sometimes you just can't prepare to introduce a new cat. Often times the new cat is literally dumped on you and you are left with the problem of blending cats into one household quickly. But whether you have two hours or two months to prepare, you need to be prepared.
So how do you go about blending cats into one household?