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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2005, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Today's our first day with our second cat. Mouser is hissing at the kitten, but I think that will stop in a day or two.

The problem I am having though is Mouser eating the kitten's food. It is the Iams for kittens. Is eating each other's food a big deal? Are there any tricks to stopping this?

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Feeding them separately, unless you want to stand guard and referee during feeding time.
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I agree with Tim. I would also introduce the cats more slowly. A drop of vanilla on the back of the neck of each cat will make their scents more alike, and that's important. Ideally, you would start with the cats in different rooms, and allow them to get to know each other by scent alone. Then, if possible, allow them to see one another and sniff noses without having direct contact. Eventually, with you in the room, allow them in the same room. If there's any problem with things as they are, start from the beginning. Even now, the vanilla is a good idea. And, by all means feed them separately. Good luck!

P.S. Usually an adult cat will accept a kitten more easily than another adult. Is your new cat fully grown?




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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2005, 10:22 PM
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The kitten food wont hurt the older cat.
It just has more calories which are essential
for kittens growth and development.

Sounds like your in for alot of fun! Kittens
are a delight.
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By feeding them separately, do you mean feed each one at a separate time, or should I actually separate the cats and feed them in different rooms?

I am going to try the vanilla thing today, thanks for the help.

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I'd feed the in seperate rooms at the same time. Enjoy the new kitty!
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I agree. I should have read your post again. Of course the newcomer is a kitten. I think all will go well. However, adult cats love to eat the little one's extra rich food!




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I'm actually having the opposite problem...my new kitten seems to only want to eat out of Mouser's dish (Iam's Weight Control!).
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Can you put them on an all ages food, like Natural Balance? Then they can both eat at the same time and you won't have to worry about being the referee.
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If you feed them together, and don't watch them, the big cat will eat in a hurry and then eat the kitten's food too!




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