Bringing Your New Cat Home
When you bring your new cat home, place the carrier in a room and open the door. Do not force the cat to come out, let him take his time. Your new cat needs time to adjust to his new surroundings. Visit with the cat often but do not force interaction. Let the cat come to you. Have some food treats with you to make a positive association.
Introduction to resident cat
The introduction process should go as follows: Open the door to the new cat’s room a few inches and let the cats sniff each other. Provide food treats and play to each cat. If they hiss, growl or swat at each other, close the door and try again later. This is to be expected, so don’t give up. When the visits through the cracked door are going well, open the door for short supervised visits (half an hour at first). Provide play and treats to each cat when they are together.
Expect it to take from two weeks to two months or more for the cats to establish the rules of territory with each other.
Introduction to resident dog
Make sure the dog is under control when interacting with the new cat. When the cat is on a high surface, bring in the dog on leash. Walk the dog around the room but don’t let it off the leash. Do not allow the dog to act inappropriately with the cat (barking, lunging, chasing). Mildly correct him if this happens. Start with half hour visits and then return the cat to the safe room. Slowly increase the amount of time you allow these supervised visits. Always reward friendly visits with praise, food treats and play. Make a positive association for both of them. Do not rush the introduction or force them to be together.
If you have any problems with your new cat or questions about his behavior, don’t hesitate to call us at (978) 687-7453. We want you and your new cat to form a happy and long-term relationship.