Introducing A Cat To A Kitten

Introducing A Cat To A Kitten


Anyone who has brought home a new cat or kitten knows the feelings of excitement and joy that go into preparing your home for the arrival of your new furry friend. You set out a bed, pick up food and litter, and maybe even get a couple toys. You’re ready to become a cat parent! The only things you have to do now are decide on a name, wait patiently for your new pet’s arrival…and introduce them to your current pets. Wait—what? Yes, it is possible to have more than one cat, but bringing in another animal can be difficult if you don’t know how to introduce them properly. Luckily, we’ve put together this guide on how to add another cat safely and effectively: from letting your kitty explore the house before their sibling arrives to looking for signs of friendship between two felines.

Let Kitty Explore

  • Let Kitty explore the new kitten. You might be tempted to force Kitty to interact with the kitten, but this can cause anxiety for both cats and should be avoided. Kitty will come around when she’s ready—and that may not happen until later on in the introduction process.
  • Let Kitty sniff out the kitten’s scent. Give her time to check out where and how often you’ve cleaned up after your new arrival, as well as any scents left behind after feeding or playtime in that area of your home.
  • Let Kitty listen closely to what her new companion sounds like (and vice versa). It’s important for both cats to get used to each other’s voices so they’re comfortable hearing one another when they’re nearby at night or while relaxing during daytime naps under covers together on top of beds!

Take it Slowly

The main thing to keep in mind when introducing a cat and kitten is that they need time to get used to each other. It’s important not to rush the process, as both animals can become stressed if they feel like they are being forced into an interaction with one another.

It’s also important that you don’t force your cat or kitten into interaction with one another, which will only make them more anxious. If the kitten seems scared of your adult cat, try giving them some space from each other until they’re ready for contact.

Look for Signs of Friendship

  • Look for signs of friendship. Do the cats appear relaxed when they are in each other’s company? If so, then this is a good sign. Watch their tails and ears to see if they are flicking or upright; this indicates happiness and relaxation.
  • Observe whether the cat is stressed by the kitten’s presence. Is it hissing at the kitten or avoiding it? These are bad signs because they show that there is an issue between the two animals that you need to address immediately before it escalates into violence or aggression between them. You might also want to watch for additional bad signs like flattened ears (indicating fear), dilated pupils (indicating fear), dilated nostrils (indicating anger), flattened body posture (indicating submission), crouching low on all fours instead of standing tall with its tail held high like usual—all of which indicate that something isn’t right!

Start Playing Together

The most important thing to remember is that you should never leave the cat alone with the kitten. They may be able to get along in this situation, but it’s better to play safe than sorry.

Never leave the kitten alone with your cat as well. The kitten will likely want nothing more than to play with your adult cat, which can be very dangerous for both parties involved. The kitten is much too fragile and small to defend itself against an adult cat if things go wrong!

If you do let them interact, make sure they don’t get hurt or cause harm by playing rough—make sure each animal has a chance at winning without getting hurt (by biting too hard or scratching too strongly).

Increase Supervised Visits

  • Increase the time of supervised visits.
  • Increase the number of supervised visits.

Add a New Cat to Your Household the Right Way

Adding a new kitten to your household is exciting and can bring joy to the entire family. However, it’s important to introduce the new cat into your home in a way that will ensure they both get along well. There are many ways to do this, but we’ve put together some tips that will help you understand how best to keep everyone happy!

  • Let the kitten explore the house first: It’s important that the kitten gets used to their new surroundings before meeting other animals or people in your house. This way, they won’t feel stressed when exposed for too long at one time. If possible, try not bringing them into certain rooms until after their initial exploration of where things are located in each room (i.e., bedrooms vs kitchen).
  • Allow them time together during supervised play sessions: This way both cats have time together without being overwhelmed by too much attention from one another right away — especially if they’re still young enough where they don’t know anything else but themselves yet! During these sessions make sure there isn’t anything like food out on counters because kittens’ mouths are small enough so eating off something like this could cause choking which could lead up towards death if not treated immediately due lack oxygen supply (known medically as hypoxia).

Introducing your cat to a new kitten can be easy!

  • Introduce your cat to a new kitten in safe and controlled environments
  • Introduce the kittens slowly, and allow them to explore each other on their own terms
  • Watch for signs of friendship, but don’t force it if there’s any tension between the two!
  • Start introducing playtime between the cats, then give them more time together (supervised visits are best) as they get along better over time


You might not be able to get your two cats to become best friends right away, but you can set the stage for them to tolerate each other and hopefully learn to like one another. The process might take some time, but if you follow these steps, you’ll likely find that they’re playing together (or at least sleeping near each other) before long!

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