New Kitten Introduction: Day 7

by Melissa R. on October 15, 2012

Cosmo Kitty

Cosmo 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.


7th Day: Keeps getting better! First of all, we have a NAME! We have officially decided to name our new Bengal kitten COSMO. We finally were able to settle on one we both liked right away. It suits him well, as he is indeed, very sparkly with this glistening coat, and a little goofy. Seinfeld reference, anyone?

Our female and Cosmo finally got things straightened out. Cosmo wasn’t backing down from Cirrhi, so he got a few swats to the head (no claws used, they are well socialized and well mannered cats) – and backed off. After that, he backed down from Cirrhi all the time, turning the other way if she is in his path, or cautiously going past. Very little hissing and growling now from him towards her. I guess he just needed to be put into his place. We even saw the two of them sitting about a foot away from each other calmly (willingly!). Excellent progress! I do think Cirrhi is even a bit curious and may want to get some chasing in. She insists on sitting and watching him everywhere he goes.

Our other males I think are going to take awhile. Ritter, our youngest, is desperately curious and wants to play, but Cosmo’s hissing scares him. Kai, the oldest… just is grumpy about the whole affair. Kai is mostly the head honcho, just because he is older and biggest. I think he will eventually come around. He is not an aggressive cat at all, so Cosmo will have to stop his hissing first. Ritter is very timid, but hopefully he’ll learn Cosmo is just getting used to things and try to get him to play more. Ritter always backs down from Cosmo, which is a bit comical, as Cosmo weighs only 5lbs, and Ritter is more like, 15.

Our older male cats

Our older male cats

Last night we finally let Cosmo have the run of the house all night. He started off on our bed with us, and at some point did get down and I heard him scamper off to his cat tree. Cirrhi, our female, was up on the bed while he was, with a bit of hissing here and there but not much. I was impressed they were both up on the bed at all. The other two cats didn’t venture in until Cosmo had left.

Cosmo came back in around 4am (waking me up), and was trying to figure out where to go, but kept getting hissed at by Cirrhi and Kai. I think he finally settled in on the edge of the bed. Overall, it was a pretty decent success.

He does have some diarrhea going on, which we are keeping an eye on. He’s drinking plenty of water though, and was eating last night and this morning. So I’m hopefully he’ll have some solid stool tonight. If not, we might be off to the veterinarian for a worm check. But getting a sample will be fun… Stay tuned!

See Part One here

See Part Two here

See Part Three here

See Part Four 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 and 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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