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Introducing New Kitten to Resident Cat

I was wondering if any one can offer advice on introducing and settling a new kitten with an existing one?

We have a 7 month old Persian boy named Pablo (black and white one) and we just bought a 3 month old Persian boy named Diego (red and white) as a companion for Pablo, as Pablo is very affectionate and bordering on needy/dependent and doesn't like being on his own. We spoke to the vet and the breeder and they suggested we could get a friend for him.

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After bringing Diego home they have tolerated each other (I think because Pablo is so docile). However Pablo is now following him and tries to swat and pounce on Diego's tail (which he does not like and hisses at him). Diego is not scared and is happily wandering around and playing, using his litter, eating and napping in my arms.

We tried to keep Diego in a separate room last night with all his bits because they didn't seem comfortable with each other. We let Pablo have all of his usual space, but Diego cried the entire night (and very loudly). I tried to settle him about 2:15, but he continued to cry for hours until Pablo woke us at 5:30 (that's his usual wake up time for his breakfast). At this point I brought Diego out as well and they both gobbled up their food (on opposite sides of the room), but Diego finished first and kept trying to eat Pablo's as well.

I stayed up with them and tried to play with them both with a variety of toys. Diego was happily playing, with Pablo mainly just watching him. I kept Pablo's normal routine and gave him his normal morning brush and he relaxed and nodded off. However Diego was also moaning for attention and brushes. A while after Pablo began to start swatting Diego again and seemed agitated and was running and hiding. I felt like he needed a break so I've tried separating them for a while again, but Diego will not stop meowing if he is alone in the other room.

I don't know what to do. My husband and I feel like we can't leave the house (and literally have not slept) because we don't feel 100% comfortable leaving them together and I feel terrible leaving Diego closed in a room crying non stop and I don't want Pablo to be upset because he is such a lovely boy.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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December 26, 20170 found this helpful
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This is a slow process and will take time. I've done this with a 8 year old cat and a new 6 week old cat. At first I thought the older cat would hurt the baby. It took around 2 weeks to get them use to each other and playing together. Still at times the older one would put the baby in their place.

The cats are still both young and one of them is just going into adulthood where the other one hasn't yet. I'd try and keep them apart for part of the day and let them stay together for the other part of the day. You can also try and let one of them sleep in your room at night and see if this one helps. But the key is to let them adjust naturally and get use to each other on their own terms.

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December 28, 20170 found this helpful
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What adorable kittens! It sounds like they are behaving normally. Kittens are active and silly and can get on your nerves. Separating them at night may help you get some sleep as the kittens get used to it. I do that with my cats. Once they get used to their rooms it becomes a sanctuary for them. And I can put them there when I have workmen in the house, or a house full of guests.

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Their rooms have window seats, some dry food and water, several cozy beds, a cat tree and lots of toys. You could try some soft music. It can take a few days to get everyone used to it. One thing to consider in getting a "buddy" for a cat is to get one with a similar energy level if you can. It does sound like your two will be OK given a little time. They are just adorable.

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December 25, 20170 found this helpful

Introducing another cat in the home.

Step 1
Give the cat's their own space like cardboard boxes are good,just cut a hole in it.

Step 2
Let them get use to each other slowly.

Step 3
They should have seperate spaces to go to until they get familiar.

Step 4
Only lock the cat up when your not there to monitor the cats.

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Step 5
Keep there eating areas seperate.

Step 6
Let them play with each other under the doors just their paws if you have a door like that.

Step 7
Be patient it will take some time.

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December 25, 20170 found this helpful

Give each one a blanket with the other ones scent. They need time to get used to each others scent. Make sure the resident cat gets plenty of attention, too

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