Bosom Buddies

How to integrate a new kitten into the family and survive to tell the story!
Introducing a new kitten to a resident puss-cat is usually successful if you take the right steps. A simple system will work for most cats but for the particularly fiery feline, you may need a more involved approach.

Initial Introductions

For the simple approach, first make the existing cat calm. This could involve giving Oldpuss, the resident cat, a cuddle and stroking it to settle it comfortably on your lap. Food rewards may also help.

Now an assistant can introduce the new cat for the first time. The assistant should try carrying Newpuss past Oldpuss at a distance of about two to three metres. If all is well, Newpuss should slowly be brought closer and closer to Oldpuss. Eventually, with caution, Newpuss can be placed on the ground to roam free.

You should expect some feline fireworks but these should be little more that a hiss or two. Any fireworks should resolve quickly and while the two cats may not be Bosom Buddies immediately, things should improve from here on.