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    How to Introduce Pets to Kittens For Sale

    Articlegeneral cat adviceThursday 07 April 2011

    If you’re an animal lover, one of the major dilemmas that can occur when you buy kittens is how other household pets may react to a new addition to the household.

    In some cases, certain pets will appreciate an additional companion – but often it can take a little time for a pet to react in a positive manner to the presence of a rival vying for your affections.

    Learn how to cope with introducing household pets to one another when you buy kittens in the guide below.

    Cats For Sale: Introducing Other Household Pets



    How to Introduce a Cat to Other Cats: 3 Top Tips

    1.    Swap scents

    When you buy a kitten, it’s a natural reaction for a pre-existing household cat to develop a little suspicion and irritation with the new rival, particularly if it decides to invade the cat’s personal territory.

    Therefore, it’s essential to avoid any close contact until both cats are aware of the existence of one another in the house – and you can use the swapping of scents to help them to understand this scenario. Keep the cats apart, and stroke them in turn – they will be able to pick up on a scent that does not belong to them.

    2.    Arrange a face-to-face meeting

    After a short period of time, the moment will come when both cats will have to get accustomed to living alongside one another. The initial introduction can be a nervous time for the owner, but there are steps you can take to make the process run as smoothly as possible.

    First of all, it’s best to leave a visual clue as to the new cat’s presence – allow them to glance one another from a distance. After this, use a cat carrier to bring the kitten closer to the cat. Assess the older cat’s reaction – sometimes a cat may have no problem whatsoever with a new arrival. Alternatively, nerves may be running high, and the cats may hiss and attempt to attack one another. The safety net of the cat carrier will allow you to assess which way the wind is blowing.

    3.    Bring them closer over time

    As soon as a comfortable truce seems to have developed between the two, try and bring them closer together. The best trick to achieve this is to feed the cats at the same time and bring the bowls closer together. It’s best to monitor this process very closely, however.

    Read our guide to ‘Introducing a New Kitten to an Older Cat’ to find further information on this subject.

    How to Introduce a Cat to Dogs: 3 Top Tips

    1.    Swap scents

    Surprisingly, it can be easier to introduce a cat to dog than the awkward process documented above. You’ll need to follow a similar process to the one listed above to achieve a hassle-free transition. Again, pat and stroke both animals before they meet to pass on scents.

    2.    Arrange a face-to-face meeting

    This particular step needs to be carried out very carefully, as an excitable or anxious dog may pose a far more serious danger to a kitten than another cat. It’s essential to introduce the cat to the dog at an opportune moment – for instance when the dog is tired or after feeding.

    Place the dog on a lead and allow the cat to approach. Observe the dog’s reaction carefully. If the dog begins to become edgy, retreat from the room. Attempt this process a couple of times until the dog seems calm in the presence of the cat. It's important to be aware of the potential complications in this relationship when you buy kittens.

    3.    Allow them to explore one another

    At this stage, you can let the dog off the lead and allow both pets to explore one another. It’s vital to treat this step with a little caution, as the dog may attack the kitten if left unsupervised. Over time, the majority of dogs and cats in a house will be able to coexist relatively peacefully.

    Read our guide to ‘Introducing a Cat to a Dog’ to find further information on this subject.

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