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Getting two cats used to each other: Tips for keeping them


If you want to get two cats used to each other, extreme caution and patience are required. The fur noses generally feel more comfortable with a fellow species than alone, but it means stress for them if they have to get along with a roommate whom they do not like. When merging, you should therefore follow important basic rules so that your velvet paws can get to know each other in peace. These two fur patties are a heart and a soul - if two cats have to get used to each other, it takes some time before they cuddle so peacefully - Image: Shutterstock / Mikhail Olykainen

"They make it out among themselves" is unfortunately still a widespread prejudice when it comes to wanting cats to get used to each other. But if you just put the newcomer in front of your first cat in the nose, it means a breach of trust for both animals - depending on the cat personality, they react with aggression or with fear and withdrawal. Both are very stressful and stressful for the poor fur noses. So keep the following tips in mind when bringing two cats together and take your time.

A new kitty comes into the house: view from a cat's perspective

In the wild, cats usually have a cave or hiding place just for them to retreat to to sleep, rest and eat. This is their realm, their territory, where they feel comfortable and are safe. If a strange animal, a companion or other intruder comes, they see themselves and their secret place threatened and want to defend it or to get to safety as quickly as possible.

For our house cats, the apartment is this retreat, where they feel safe and secure, can move freely and eat, sleep and curiously watch their surroundings. Bring a new cat into the house and let it run around immediately, the first cat considers it an intruder. The second cat, on the other hand, senses exactly that it is on hostile terrain and is undesirable there. This is pure stress for both animals.

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How best to get two cats used to each other

Under no circumstances, therefore, should you be compelled to socialize two cats. The animals have to get used to each other carefully. Make sure that both velvet paws feel safe at all times and can make their own decisions according to their free will. This means that you do not simply lock the room tigers together in one room until they have fought out the hierarchy and hierarchy, but always offer the two fur snakes the opportunity to hide or retreat at any time if they want to be left alone. In addition, all cats need their own litter box (it is optimal if you always have a toilet more than cats in the house), your own sleeping places and your own drinking and feeding bowls.

It is best to take several days if you plan to provide a playmate to your friend. Ideally, you want the newcomer to move into your vacation or at least for a long weekend. Prepare a separate, separate room for the second cat by spending the first few days and feeling safe without disturbing the other fur nose. In order to be able to get two cats used to each other without the need for serious arguments and territorial battles, it helps to proceed step by step, using the senses of the velvet paws as a guide:

hearing
At the beginning, it is recommended that the two animals can only hear each other at first, so that they can get to know the voice of their new roommate and notice that there is still a member of the same species in the apartment, but who is not a threat.

Smell and taste
But the sense of smell in cats is even more important - the group smell is essential for the cohesion among house tigers, for example, because they recognize that the other kitty belongs to their family. There are various tricks here to familiarize the two cats with the fragrance of their new roommate without having to meet each other. For example, your old cat can sniff the transport box in which your new arrival has arrived. You can also use a clean sock or rag to wipe the cheeks of your new cat and lay down the piece of cloth from your old kitty to explore - and vice versa.

Then it is important that your fur lines link the smell of the other kitty with something positive and what would be more suitable than food? Keep the cats in separate rooms, but place the food bowls about a meter from the closed door. So the house tigers smell both the other cat and their food and notice that the other animal is not a threat to their resources. In addition, it makes sense to play with both cats next to the closed door, so that they also connect a positive impression with the smell of the strange kitty. Then you can also swap rooms, which means that your old cat can explore and sniff the room of the new entry, the new one can get to know the rest of the apartment comfortably. In addition, it can help if you use a pheromone atomizer for cats or spray a pheromone environmental spray - this has a calming effect on the fur noses.

sense of sight
Then the cats can see their "heart leaf". Make sure that you cannot touch them yet, so open the door just a crack or place a baby gate in the open door. The salon lions are already familiar with the smell of the other cat, and this way they can "talk" about body language without fighting and injuries.

Both animals still have their own realm, where they are safe, and can view and assess their roommate from a distance. Continue to feed and play with your cats near the "border" - ideally you are also a couple, so that there is always a person who takes care of the fur noses and does not feel disadvantaged.

sense of touch
Now comes the last step: the actual encounter. You can now remove the barrier in the door and introduce the cats to each other without a barrier. Be sure to oversee the first few encounters so that you can intervene if the cats are seriously beating and threatening to hurt, or if one animal tortures the other through bullying. A little hissing is fine, however, as are slight paws to keep the other cat at a distance.

In the following video you can see how the two famous cat friends Cole and Marmalade met:

When two cats fit together

If you have an older cat who mainly needs rest, you should not take the small, strong cat from the shelter who wants to play and run around. Even rather shy cats don't believe in daring new roommates. If possible, the characters of the old and new cat should harmonize so that the reunification is reasonably peaceful. In the animal shelter and at the breeder, you should describe the personality of your cat in as much detail as possible, so that the employees can recommend a character-appropriate kitty.

If your kitty’s beloved cat partner has recently passed away, let them process the loss before you bring in a new cat. If the cats have lived together for a long time, the bereaved will almost certainly mourn and withdraw for a long time. Wait until your old-established velvet paw is feeling better.

In our guide "How cats become friends: tips for a multi-cat household" you can find out more about how the fur noses develop sympathy for their conspecifics - or not.

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  • person

    06-05-2017 14:05:33

    PatrickReinartz: Hey guys I got a second cat the day before yesterday she is 11 years old and my first one is 5 years old the younger hisses at the older one how can I help after getting used to each other also the pheromone already bought report abuse
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    27-09-2016 13:09:23

    MarionGrzyb: Hello, I'm new to this page. My two Siamese cats haven't been together for three years. Now I'm going to try the pheromone. I hope the remedy helps my little mice. Report abuse
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    30-07-2015 14:07:55

    KresaGamer: Hi everyone, I'm new here and can you help me at a loss? I have an 11 month young male. On Sunday a 10 week old kitten came to us spontaneously. For the first 2 days, the new one just hissed and growled at our cat. That has pretty much subsided. Now I have the problem that my cat wants to "sit on" the little one. but the little one is still too young and not yet sexually mature. can something happen or can I do something against it? My cat has not yet been neutered. We actually wanted that if the new one was old and big enough that they could have young ones. please help me report abuse
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    15-06-2015 20:06:22

    SabineParpart: What do I do if the two cats that I already have at home both avoid contact with the new cat? The two have retired to the bedroom and as soon as they see the new one they go donate. The new one is not overtly aggressive. But after two days he now owns the apartment and the others are sitting in the bedroom and hardly dare to report abuse to the toilet
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    16-09-2014 02:09:03

    Asturia: In my experience, cats have always been much more confident than cats. With my hangover (3 in a row) there were never any problems. Finally, they ignored or taught the young animals. My females, on the other hand, were bitching. I am just about after our old cat went rainbow half a year ago to our, our cat lady to get new cats and as I foresaw she zickt it. The animals have 140 square meters and all the time in the world. Cats are not pack animals, so it takes time to accept yourself to live in a territory. Report abuse
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    24-08-2014 13:08:08

    justnuaii: I got a small cat today, a cat, he is only a few weeks old (old enough to be separated from the mother). And my first cat, a Maine Coon lady who is now one year and 10 months old. She has been very, very boring the last few months, screaming a lot and stuff. Really bad. So I thought I'd get a little cat. Today it is just that the little one is there. I know it's still early to say something, but Allunga (my first cat) hisses badly and growls. Everything okay at the beginning, but is it normal that she growls and hisses at me? Report abuse
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    09-08-2014 20:08:10

    ramonastalling: hay.i have a cute cat pia.one of my loved ones died 4 months ago.had to be put to sleep.you was the same age as pia.i would like to find a new playmate for pia because i feel she is lonely. but honestly, I am quite afraid that it will not work, and how old should she be? the fear is that pia dan runs away from me. in the past it always worked, but this time it is somehow different. someone can give me advice ? romana Report Abuse
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    09-08-2014 20:08:08

    ramonastalling: hay.i have a cute cat pia.one of my loved ones died 4 months ago.had to be put to sleep.you was the same age as pia.i would like to find a new playmate for pia because i feel she is lonely. but honestly, I am quite afraid that it will not work, and how old should she be? the fear is that pia dan runs away from me. in the past it always worked, but this time it is somehow different. someone can give me advice ? romana Report Abuse
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    09-08-2014 20:08:26

    ramonastalling: hay.i have a cute cat pia.one of my loved ones died 4 months ago.had to be put to sleep.you was the same age as pia.i would like to find a new playmate for pia because i feel she is lonely. but honestly, I am quite afraid that it will not work, and how old should she be? the fear is that pia dan runs away from me. in the past it always worked, but this time it is somehow different. someone can give me advice ? romana Report Abuse
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    09-08-2014 20:08:04

    ramonastalling: hay.i have a cute cat pia.one of my loved ones died 4 months ago.had to be put to sleep.you was the same age as pia.i would like to find a new playmate for pia because i feel she is lonely. but honestly, I am quite afraid that it will not work, and how old should she be? the fear is that pia dan runs away from me. in the past it always worked, but this time it is somehow different. someone can give me advice ? romana Report Abuse
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    04-08-2014 21:08:04

    aaronschwarz94: I have a cat that is 3 years old, I have almost a week, I have a second one that is 9 weeks old. Unfortunately, the two keep their distance (the small one is curious, but hisses a lot). I am thinking about getting cats pheromones but don't know if that's a good idea. Can you give me some advice. Report abuse
  • 15-10-2013 15:10:46

    binchenvonh: Our Bonnie and our Clyde have been together for over three years. now Bonnie has been since 22.08. disappeared without a trace. A friend now has a litter of young cats. Can I expect a new lady from Clyde? He is very sensitive and a freelancer - so you would not be forced to spend the whole time with her. I would bring the offspring over Christmas to be sure to be there for the first 14 days. Report abuse
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    11-08-2013 20:08:28

    melindakruppe: To Cindy: Can it be that your cat is jealous of the new cat or feels excluded? I have often seen that animals don't understand each other when a new one is added. So in my opinion, you do everything right with the separate feed and the litter box. Wait a while and try to get the cats used to each other in a playful way. It took me several weeks to get my cats used to each other. Good luck to you. :) Report abuse
  • 08-08-2013 19:08:46

    Ciindarella: We have had our cat for almost 2 years now, now we have a new cat for almost 1 month. The cat can come and go through the cat door as he wants. He is hardly at home, especially in summer. Since we have our new kitten, he comes even less often and disappears as soon as he sees or hears the new one. In the garden, however, he still spends a lot of time with us. What can you recommend? The young Büsi should now slowly get out. But I think it is better that both get along / like each other. Especially in winter, our cat is often at home again. Including both in the apartment will probably not be the right thing either ... They have separate food / drinking places, as well as 2 litter boxes ... Do you have any tips? Report abuse
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    08-08-2013 08:08:47

    melindakruppe: I've had to get used to two cats quite often. Sometimes it worked great and the other times it took time. If you notice that the cats don't understand each other, you should first take them apart. Report abuse
  • 07-08-2013 22:08:07

    lauragartne: So we decided not to bring another cat. I had just read too much negative. Since our cat is a bit older now, I don't know how she behaves if there is such a little rascal. Report abuse
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    07-08-2013 21:08:50

    NinaMller: My mother had only one cat for years. After about 5 years she brought another little one. The two were a heart and soul after only a few days. So it always depends on the animals. Report abuse
  • 07-08-2013 21:08:29

    sylviakasser: It takes some time to get two cats together. This can not be done overnight. If the two suffer, it will go faster. Otherwise just keep calm. :) Report abuse
  • 30-04-2013 12:04:14

    KlausVogler: never had 2 cats to get used to each other. They knew each other beforehand because we got them from the farm so they did it all before. Report abuse
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    30-04-2013 10:04:22

    sarahkoch756859: If you want to get two cats used to each other, you should also take care that you are calm and relaxed. You should also be able to intervene if the fight gets too strong. Report abuse
  • 15-04-2013 14:04:51

    veravorgrimler: When my husband and I moved in together, we also had to get 3 cats used to each other, I had brought 2. But it worked great, one of them is even treated a bit like a baby by my cats. Report abuse
  • 15-04-2013 11:04:43

    michaelschi: we had to get 5 cats used to each other. One was pretty much excluded at the beginning and withdrew, then we tried this pheromone atomizer and since then the 5 get along great. No one is excluded Report abuse
  • 09-04-2013 10:04:50

    jessikaeichel: neee cats get used to each other is really not easy! unless you understand each other to report abuse from the start
  • 09-04-2013 10:04:00

    silkeschult: real ???? I thought cats get used to each other is not that difficult! thought they always get along report abuse
  • 06-04-2013 16:04:55

    mariekastner75: It wasn't possible for a friend, she had to give her second cat back because the older one didn't like her ... Report abuse
  • 04-04-2013 15:04:26

    susannekell: Getting cats used to each other is really not that easy ... we had the two in different transport boxes and then they were able to sniff abuse first
  • 04-04-2013 12:04:45

    lauragartne: We also considered buying a second cat. I heard from a friend that her cats had a fight and then the order was cleared. Maybe we'll take an older one from the shelter, since ours is also 8 years old. Report abuse
  • 04-04-2013 11:04:04

    michelleneu: So getting my cats used to each other was easy, they might report abuse right from the start