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introducing small kitten to two 1 year old cats
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shellgg posted:
Hi,
My mom has two cats that are about 1 1/2 years old. One is already crazy, hisses and growls when she's mad (that one was bottle fed) and is already not happy that her sister is there! Said sister is a sweet girl and a very happy cat. Both are girls.
Yesterday, my mom decided to keep a 5 week old male kitten that our neighbor rescued. My mom is keeping the kitten in a separate room, but the other cats are already acting strange. They know he is there I guess.
The sweet cat is just not acting herself, and the crazy cat is walking around the house hissing.
I'm looking for tips on how to gradually introduce the new kitten to the existing cats. We, of course, would like everyone to get along.

Also, when is it safe to let them have supervised meetings with each other? I can picture it now, the two existing cats are going to get mad at each other, which is what happened when a puppy came in our yard the other day.

Thanks!
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hello Shellgg!

I'm sorry to hear your mother's other kitties are not getting along with the new kitten. Here's a recent post where Dr. Cruz had suggestions for another member on introducing a new kitten. The ASPCA also has information on Introducing Your Cat to a New Cat that may be helpful.

Our members may have stories to share with you, too.

Let us know how it's going,

Byroney
Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown
 
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eaglebald1 responded:
Hi shellgg, I can tell you this. Animals / Nature is very strange. I have a few cats outside that my inside cat is the father of, that was right before he was fixed. So anyway outside there are 2 both males around 7 months, and now from last litter 2 more males about 2 months and the mom that no one can even get close too, she is wild, but so was my inside cat. One night a little cat around 5 weeks old came crying up the drive. I think someone threw him out of the car because he was really hurt, but so scared of people I couldn't do anything with him. I am an animal lover and can't stand for a animal to be hurt. I have gave him medicine in his food and he is better now, better than he was anyway, and now I can touch him, but when he first got here all the other cats took off. They always have stayed in the barn, but they were gone. They didn't want the other little cat who I call " Spirit " it has taken them all awhile but now after a few weeks, about 3 , they are all ok with little Spirit. It's really hard to say when they will all be ok, but I think the sooner they are together the better off they will be. I wish you the best of luck with your cats. And I pray for all mine too, that seems to help. Just remember they can't talk so we have to be their voice. Always treat them all with love and care. Good Luck !!!
 
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shellgg replied to eaglebald1's response:
Thank you both! I'm sure it will work out. The sweet cat didn't sleep in the bed the last two nights (which she always does) and the crazy cat is being so sweet this morning (which she never is.)


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