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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Introducing young cat to kitten?

So, my current cat Morrigan is about six months old now and we've been presented with the opportunity to take in a three month old kitten as a companion for her.

I've been reading up about introductions but I'm still a little unsure. I know that if there's an adult cat involved that you have to do the introductions gradually but that kittens can often be put together straight away and allowed to sort out their differences themselves. I'm not sure which approach to take.

Any advice?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 09:58 AM
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I'm going to be watching this thread closely...I have to do the same thing in a few months, and I'm equally clueless :]
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I'd bring the new baby in in a carrier and set her in the middle of the floor just like that. See how they react to each other; excited, scared, upset, ect. A little bit of hissing is fine, but watch the rest of the body language.

TBH I've done straight intros at that age and it's always gone nice and easy. Use toys and treats to break the tension since kittens at that age have short attention spans. They'll likely be best buddies within a few hours.

That being said I wouldn't leave the new kitten alone with the older one, but that's mostly because at that age I'm all about promoting good litter box habits by putting the young kitten in a smaller room with a litter box when they can't be supervised.
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I just got a tiny companion for my almost 5 months old kitty. The older and bigger kitten loves to play with the tiny one, but also loves to show who is the boss at home. The tiny one is a provoker, and teases him a lot... So even under supervision we get quite a few fights.

That being said, they both cannot stand to be apart. At all. They both cry when separated by door. But for now they are separated when I am not at home, as the bigger kitty is not gentle at all, and he is 5 times bigger...
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I would supervise the contact for awhile and allow the newbie to sleep alone in a separate room until you KNOW they are compatible. That being said, I introduced two new kittens to my one year old cat and it was love at first sight. I was astounded. You would have thought they were long-lost siblings... I did separate them the first night (because I would be sleeping and unable to watch for trouble) but it wasn't necessary after that.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I've had our new little girl home for about three hours now.

There's been a lot of hissing and posturing but nothing physical, and now the new kitty is just enjoying exploring her new home so I'm hoping that's a good sign. Morrigan looks truly offended that she's not an only child anymore, but hopefully she'll get over it :p

They'll be kept apart tonight while we're in bed, just to be safe.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the double post but I just wanted to give a quick update.

It's been a week since I brought new kitty (Zoe) home and things are going great. There was a lot of hissing a growling for the first few days but then one morning they seemed to declare a truce and were just kind of ignoring each other.

Now they're actually playing together and grooming each other! I couldn't be happier with how things turned out

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Glad all worked out well! I though it would from the start. Young cats and kittens are quite easy to assimilate; much easier than two older kitties. They are close enough in age that they will probably be life long friends now! Congratulations.

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