How long does it take for two cats to get used to each other?
It takes most cats eight to 12 months to develop a friendship with a new cat. Although some cats certainly become close friends, others never do. Many cats who don’t become buddies learn to avoid each other, but some cats fight when introduced and continue to do so until one of the cats must be re-homed.
How do you introduce two cats quickly?
First – Visual contact between cats
- Separate physically with screen door or baby gate.
- Give cats treats so they spend time close to each other or play with a feather to encourage play.
- When comfortable with each other they will sniff noses, play through the door or rub against the door.
How do you get two cats to accept each other?
Place the cats’ food bowls on opposite sides of a closed door. This will encourage them to be close together while they’re doing something that makes them feel good. Each day, have the cats switch rooms so that they both experience some variation and get access to each other’s scents.
Can two cats get along immediately?
Cats are solitary, territorial creatures by nature so don’t force siblings together. It may take weeks or months for a cat to adjust to their new lifestyle. Cats introduced too quickly may fight and never learn to get along. Gradual introductions are essential for long-term brotherly/sisterly love.
How do you properly introduce a cat?
Make sure it is a room where the resident cat has been, that it can be easily accessed by all human family members for social interactions and playtime, and that it is set up with food, water, litter, toys and soft beds. Choose a room that has an inch or two of space under the door for feline introductions.
What do you do if your old cat doesn’t like your new cat?
Your current cat probably doesn’t hate your new cat, she’s probably just scared of him. If you already have one or more cats and you bring a new cat home, the reaction of your old (or resident cat or cats), may simply be to avoid the new cat.
Is hissing bad when introducing cats?
Don’t be alarmed; it’s normal for cats to hiss at something new or something they don’t understand. Hissing is a distance-increasing behavior. Simply put, it’s a warning saying, “Please back off, and do not come any closer.”