when will my cat stop hissing at new kitten: When a new pet arrives in a house where there are already others, it can be complex. How to present a kitten to adult cats in the best way for everyone?
Who doesn’t like a house full of furry animals (and not only) who play together and give us a lot of love? Maybe we also have numerous furry ones, but we still want to adopt another one because we can never get enough of these wonderful beings. There is nothing better than the new energy of a kitten entering our house! If we normally adopt adult cats, adding a kitten can be a real adventure and can give a sense of play and joy to our family. If we already have several cats in the family, we must make sure that the introduction is as smooth and regular as possible – for the kitten, the other domestic cats and also for us. So how do you introduce a kitten to adult cats when it has just arrived? The behavioral problems of a newcomer can be negative if the impact is not the best.
Slowly and calmly
This is always a good rule of thumb for any introduction of cats to other animals or people. In the case of a kitten, we also have security to consider since puppies are small and could easily get hurt in a new home, or between larger and unknown cats. It can be useful to isolate the kitten in a small room free from dangers and free from places to fall. Kittens need time to develop their coordination and learn to jump and fall gracefully.
We must provide stimuli in the form of safe cat toys and with our presence. This will help us bond with our new kitten, get used to us and the appropriate game. Of course, we must also provide for his needs with a litter box where he can easily get in and out, points to scratch on, hiding places, food and water.
Presenting a kitten to adult cats is a different introduction each time. In a family with many cats, the variables include the different personalities of the various cats. We must try to find time for our kitten to get to know each cat slowly, one at a time.
We don’t have to introduce a kitten to adult cats all at once, but we have to organize these meetings so that the newcomer can meet one or two cats at a time. Over the course of a few months, we will usually be pleasantly surprised at what will be created.
As with all presentations, let’s go slowly. We first let the cats become aware of each other through the smell through the door, if possible. So we could put the kitten in a room, safely inside a pet carrier, and let one or two of the other cats take a look at it for a short time. We bring the kitten back to his room if any of the adult cats start to get angry.
Let’s look at the kitten and the other cats, for any signs that make us understand that they are ready to spend more time together. A sociable kitten will let us know that he is anxious to have more company than other cats, and is ready to never be alone in a room all the time. Assuming that it has been medically controlled and can be comfortable with other cats, we continue with the introductions.
Let it happen by itself
There is nothing more beautiful than looking older cats teach a kitten how to behave. Puppies have a lot of energy to burn and if our older cats are well behaved and with a behavior that we are sure of, they will teach the newcomer what is right and what is wrong. Presenting a kitten to adult cats also means introducing it to the house habits.
Some kittens may have lost their mothers, therefore they didn’t have the initial teachings on mom’s appropriate behavior. But adult cats can replace it in this task. They can learn to patiently endure his way of playing endlessly, they can engage in wrestling style fighting and make the kitten understand when he was enough. They will then teach what the appropriate behaviors are, the appropriate games and how to properly bite without hurting.
The kitten will learn not to bite and will know which more aggressive games are good with some cats, but not with others, and what is not good with humans. We help this type of training not by encouraging the kitten in that kind of behavior with us humans, and by removing the stimulus (hand or finger, for example) from its reach and instead providing an appropriate toy.
The final touches
Cats will need a place to escape. when the kitten becomes too much for them. Depending on how small the kitten is, it could be stairs, a vertical space, a counter or even another room. We give larger cats a break when the kitten becomes too insistent and gets impatient. We also give the kitten a place to escape even if he has to face aggressive behavior from other cats.
Presenting a kitten to adult cats and accepting the newcomer will move forward more smoothly if the other cats don’t feel supplanted or neglected. Let’s make sure that all cats get the attention they want and need during this period. And remember that every cat is different: one perhaps loves to be brushed. Another loves to be held in his arms or to ride our shoulders. We nurture our bond with each cat as we develop the new and growing bond with the newcomer. Recall that we are preparing the ground for many years of joy to come.