New Kitten Introduction: Day Two

by Melissa R. on October 5, 2012

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At the vet

At the vet

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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2nd Night: Kitty had a quick veterinarian exam in the afternoon, to make sure he checked out healthy. He also received his Rabies vaccine. Although he did meow quite a lot in his travel sack, he was generally a very well behaved kitten, and seemed to like his sack a lot. I am sure it is a good safe place for him so makes him feel comfortable. On our way home, I again introduced him to our current cats while he was contained. Our female was not pleased, with lots of hissing going on. The males again seem curious, but no ruffled feathers.

So far, our kitten still has no name! We are working on that.

We spent a lot of time in his room with him playing and petting him. He seems to be getting a lot more confident, and less hissing when we walk into the room. As you can see from the photo below, he is learning who we are. I swapped out his crate pad for a t-shirt our cats like to use, and vice versa. This produced a lot of hissing and growling for him, and our female cat. Cirrhi is rather put out – she’s being very crabby, swatting and hissing at EVERYBODY, including us. She gets over it, but is generally displeased. Everybody enjoyed some special soft food (including kitty in his room – we’ve discovered the key to his heart!)

Getting comfortable

Getting comfortable

For an hour or so, we brought kitty into our bedroom – leaving his room open, and the bedroom closed. None of the other cats had a clue though – they were all snoring in the living room the entire time. Kitty was a little scared of the new room to start, but settled in and did some good play. Then he scooted under the bed, and we had to lure him out with more soft food. I’d say we made a lot of progress, but it is slower than with our other cats.

He has a lot of spunk, and does a good amount of hissing and growling yet if he scents another cat. He does seem quite vocal so far, meowing at us when we come into the room, and sometimes crying when we leave. I wonder how much of this will hold as he matures.

2nd Day: Happy to find our new kitty had eaten a bunch of food, and used his litter box again. I always worry about vaccine reactions so this was good to see. He’s a bit of a maniac in the litter box though – tosses litter sky high! This morning we left the door open to his room for quite some time – keeping our eye on him, and the other cats. Anytime one of the other cats looks in, he starts hissing and growling, and creeps under a footstool to be safe. It is quite comical. He is half the size of most of our cats! Ritter mostly takes off running. Kai is not interested, though expressed a few quiet meows at us. Cirrhi continues to be annoyed, though with perhaps a SLIGHT bit less hissing and swatting.

We’ll try keeping the door open more tonight and see if he ventures out. I am just afraid he might go under something and we’d never get him back into his safe room. I’m not overly concerned about the other cats, I know what to expect, and know that given the right amount of time, everybody should warm up to each other eventually. We’re hopeful new kitty and Ritter will be good playmates.

More to come!

See Day One 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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