Introduction:It is a wonderful thing to adopt more than one cat from a shelter. However, to avoid some big "cat fights" when the new cat meets the resident cats, a few handy tips will keep the peace in the family.
Same Time: If your heart is set on having two cats, then the best practice that leads to peaceful living is to adopt both cats at the same time. Rescuing two cats at the same time is also a noble deed!
Separate Litter Boxes: If you have had your one and only kitty for a while, and you bring in a new cat, then make sure you have separate litter boxes for each cat until the cats in the family have had time to get to know each other and are living in harmony.
Separate Food Bowls: New kitty and resident kitty should have their very own food bowls. Each cat should eat his food without the other cat around. Feeding both cats in separate rooms is a good way to avoid a fight.
Safe Exit: If a battle starts between new kitty and resident kitty, make sure each cat can beat it out of the room to a place of safety. Leave the doors to other rooms open so they can serve as a go-to place to escape the drama.
Smell Introduction: Before introducing the new kitty to the resident kitty, let resident kitty smell the other new kitty's scent. Place a toy or a towel that has the scent of the new kitty in the same room with the resident kitty. Also, let new kitty whiff the scent of resident kitty before they are introduced.
Keep Cats Indoors: Sure, you can do a variety of things to keep a new cat from fighting with the resident cat inside your house, but no way can you keep your cat from being ripped to shreds if you let your cat wander in the great outdoors. If you want your cat to experience the beauties of nature in the great outdoors, make sure your cat is wearing a harness with a leash attached so you and kitty can go for a nice, safe walk around the hood.
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