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My life would not be complete without our cats. I cannot remember a time in my life when I haven’t had some sort of pet. I love animals so much that I have a pet sitting business in our town so I can enjoy other people’s pets too. Adding a new cat to your home isn’t something to be done without some serious thought. Most cats react quite well to a new owner and a new home but you cannot know for certain what will happen until it’s done. All three of our cats had some adjustment to make when they became part of our lives.
Adding a New Cat to your Home
Most cats are territorial and unlike dogs, they do not generally live in packs. Many cats will adjust more easily to a new home if they are the only cat in the home. If you are bringing a cat into a home that already has a cat, many times it’s easier to add a kitten than a mature cat. Many cats will attack the new cat or hide and refuse to come out when a new cat is present. Male cats may mark their territory by peeing on blankets and furniture.
If you want to introduce an adult cat into a home that already has a cat in it, a lot will depend on the personality of the cats involved. Some cats are mellow and easy going. Others are high strung and require more maintenance. When you bring home your new cat, confine him in one room where the other cat is not allowed. Make sure that he has his own food, water and litter box. After a few days, set their food bowls on each side of the closed door and allow them to get used to each other while eating. After a few days, allow them to meet but make sure you monitor the situation closely. If you see any fighting, hissing or bad behavior, separate them again and try again in a few days.
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