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Helping Your Cats Get Along

Have you recently added a second or third kitty to your household? Congratulations! We’re always thrilled to see cats going to good homes. However, your resident feline may not be quite as happy about your new pet as we are. Here, a Green Bay, WI vet discusses helping your kitties get along.

Make Introductions Carefully

First impressions are a very big deal to kitties. Don’t rush introductions. Keep your feline pals in separate rooms at first, and let them get used to each other’s scents. When you feel it’s time, bring your new cat out in a carrier, and let them meet.

Don’t Play Favorites

You’re going to want to spend lots of time petting and playing with your new furry friend. There’s nothing wrong with that, but don’t ignore your other cat. Kitties get extremely jealous of one another!

Offer Plenty Of Everything

Make sure that your feline friends don’t have to compete over resources. Set out a variety of playthings, so they always have plenty of toys. If you get pet furniture, choose pieces that will hold all of your kitties at the same time.

Separate Bathrooms

Cats hate sharing bathrooms! Multiple cats means multiple litterboxes. Generally, we recommend getting one litterbox per cat, plus at least one extra. Put the boxes in separate areas: if you put them side-by-side, your kitties may just think of them as one big box.

Playtime!

One great way to ease tension between two cats is to play with them together. Use a toy that you can control, like a wand toy or laser pointer. This will help your kitties work off any jealousy or anger they feel in a healthy manner.

Treats

Give your feline buddies yummy treats together. This will help them form ‘pawsitive’ associations with each other.

Veterinary Care

If either or both of your kitties haven’t been fixed yet, see to this right away. Cats that are intact are often much more aggressive and more territorial than those who have been fixed. It’s also important to keep up with your pets’ exams and parasite control.

Patience

It can take cats quite a long time to make friends. You may see some hissing and even fighting at first, but this should steadily diminish. Don’t give up!

Please reach out to us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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