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Have you had guests arrive at your home, only to find that your cat disappeared as soon as the guests entered? If that’s happened to you, don’t be surprised if your cat distances herself when new pets or kids come into the household. Cats like stability, so adding someone (or something) new to the mix can be a game changer. Rest assured, your cat will come around, but it can take time.
Here are some tips and strategies to help your cat feel safe and comfortable.
Cats react better to kittens than to adult cats. Why? Your adult cat is the dominant one! Even so, here are some things you can do to make for a match made in feline heaven.
Your first cat will feel a sense of ownership and priority when a new adult cat comes in.
In general, the following combinations in a multiple cat household seem to work best: two kittens; a mature, neutered cat and kitten; or two mature neutered cats (either two females or a male and a female). The most volatile combination seems to be two un-castrated mature male cats
“Fighting like cats and dogs” is less common than you’d think! Surprisingly, it’s easier to introduce cats to dogs, than cats to cats.
If you have young children, the American Humane Association recommends getting an adult cat rather than a kitten, Kids, especially those six and younger, can be inadvertently rough with kittens. And playful kitten claws and sharp teeth can injure your child.
While transitions are a part of family life and often bring with them great joy, they can be challenging for all involved. Remembering to take care of your cat’s needs will make for a smoother transition and a happy family!
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