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.
————3rd Night: We had a lot of good things happening tonight! We left the door open to the safe room almost all evening. He is definitely getting more bold and confident, as he was running around the whole room now, checking everything out. We got out some soft food, which we distributed in bowls and had everybody eat – our existing cats in the hallway, and kitty in his room, but close to the door so they could see each other and get used to the idea of “good things” with each other. It went quite well, although there was a lot of grumbling going on.
Our youngest male Ocicat – Ritter – is the only one is who is totally unphased by the kitten. Last night he came into the room, explored the whole thing top to bottom, all the while ignoring the hissing kitten. Occasionally he’d take a look at him, but he was mostly just curious and didn’t hiss once. What a good boy he is! Ritter not hissing helps the kitten, too, as he was much more relaxed after a few minutes and stopped hissing. Once Ritter found the food bowl, he was quite happy, and then seemed much more relaxed the rest of the evening. Our female and older male were still hissing and not too happy, but they did venture in once or twice cautiously. Progress!We also did some playing with Da Bird, in the hallway with the other cats, and with kitty in the room. Again, so they could learn that good things happen when everybody is playing nice. Our new kitty is definitely going to be good hunter, and might give our current mouser (Cirrhi) a run for her money when he gets older!
Last and best of all… just before we were heading to bed, we noticed kitty had crept out of his room, and ventured all by himself into the next room! We were very happy he finally felt that comfortable, and let him wander around in the bathroom for a while before scooping him up for bed. He was none too pleased to be back in his room, but we all needed some rest.
3rd Day: 3rd day with no name! We have some potentials we are trying out, and hope to land on one permanently soon. Poor no name kitty!
Morning went great! We had added one of our cat trees to his room the night before, and he LOVES it. He had one at his home, so he is familiar with them. I showed him how to scratch on the posts, and he was happy to discover that (as are we!). He did a lot of running up and down the tree, and was napping in the top cup. He also spent some time chasing his tail in the cup which was quite comical. Occasionally he cries, and when we go over to him, and start scratching him, he settles in for a nap – so I think he wants a little snuggle before naptime! So cute.
Our other cats are doing quite a lot better this morning as well. The female spent most of the morning posted in the hallway, watching in the bedroom. There were still SOME hisses, but not nearly as many. Mostly only when she gets direct eye contact with the kitty, but it is much less even then. Anytime I did see serious hissing going on, I tried to redirect Cirrhi with a toy, and that worked well. I am very happy about this progress. The boys also came in to visit once or twice, but didn’t seem too interested again.
Hopefully tonight kitty will venture out a bit more. We’re certain we can lure him out of any corner or under a piece of furniture with soft food, so not as concerned about losing him! But we will keep a close eye on him.