I have a cat that is about 2 years old. He has lost his two little mates in a matter of two months. We have a new baby kitten in the household. I think the older cat is grieving. How long will it take for the older cat to get used to the little kitten?
By Virginia from Lithgow, NSW, Australia
Sorry about the loss of your cats. Your cat may get used to the kitten in time and they may be good friends. They may also only learn to co-exist and that has to be ok too.
It's far more important to try pairing animals that have similar personalities and relative ages than to use old thinking that babies will get along with older animals. That's like having a 2 year old to be the 24/7 companion for your grandfather. It's fun for a few minutes but most of the day they want some peace and quiet.
While they are kept apart, rub your new kitten with a damp towel to get the kitten's scent on it. Then give the towel to the older cat so he can get adjusted to the new scent.
Give the older cat a lot of attention so he does not feel like he is being "replaced".
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