Introducing a New Kitten: Day 5

by Melissa R. on October 13, 2012

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Bengal Kitty

Bengal Kitty

We currently have three cats in our home: a 10-year-old black male, Kai; a 3-year-old Silver Ocicat female, Cirrhi; and a 3-year-old male Chocolate Ocicat, Ritter. We also have a 13-year-old Border Collie! After a loss of a pet earlier, we decided it was time to get a new kitten. We had always admired Bengals, and were fortuitous enough to find a 16-week-old male available in our area. Here is how we introduced him to our household.

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5th Day: Things are really progressing well! Mr. Kitty was out and about all evening exploring and playing. There was still a lot of hissing going on by him, and our female cat, but slightly less than before and it continues to be only when they make direct eye contact. Our other males continue the same mostly, although our oldest one has decided he just plain doesn’t like the kitten and is spending a lot of time downstairs where the kitty isn’t at often. Our younger male sure would like to play with the kitten! I’ve seen him prance by in a play stance a few times, trying to entice the kitten to play, but he just hisses. I think he looked a little bit interested once though. Kitty sure does like his cat tree! When he’s tired, he climbs up in it for a nap, which is perfect.

We keep doing playtime and treats with everybody together so that they learn being together is a good thing. They are all accustomed to each other’s scents now, so it’s just a matter of figuring out the pecking order and what’s-what, I believe.

Our other 3 cats

Our other 3 cats

The Bengal kitty seems to be much more aggressive and territorial than any of our other cats have been when introduced as a kitten. I suppose this is because he has much closer ties to an actual “wild” cat (Asian Leopard Cat) than our other breeds. Our kitten is an F5 (5th generation down from a ALC) so is far enough down that he is domestic, but still has quite a lot closer ties to wild cats. None of our other kittens have been hissing and growling as he has. The older cats did, but not the kitten. Our female Ocicat and he are VERY similar as far as instincts go. It is interesting to see.

I DID see the two of them about a foot or two away from each other, hissing madly, with ears back. This is not a friendly posture, so I redirected them with toys. I am going to watch those two carefully. They are far too similar in their natural instincts, and don’t want them to hurt each other. Cirrhi is tiny, but she packs a mighty wallop and she’s quicker than lightening!

We will be keeping an eye on those two. Stay tuned!

See Part One here

See Part Two here

See Part Three here


About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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