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Introducing a New Kitten to Resident Bengal Cat

I am looking for help here because we have a unique cat. My wife and I got two Bengal cats from separate breeders, Misty was first and 6 months later came Kiwi. (The first image is of Kiwi and Misty together happily.) After 5 happy years for the four of us, Misty was tragically diagnosed with epilepsy. She was put down about a month ago and it was agonizing losing one of our best buddies.
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It has been a month and we decided Kiwi needed a new friend, so we adopted from a shelter this time! We got Elsa from a shelter (the white kitten) and she is an absolutely amazing kitten. She wants to play with Kiwi right away, but we know to take it slow. Many people on here give good advice for cats, but Bengal cats can be very different. Kiwi is stubborn as hell and things only go well on her terms. We have a hard time cutting her nails as she never lets us hold her. She didn't have a problem with Misty so we thought she might be happy with a new buddy (Elsa).

It's been a week and we keep Elsa in a separate room with all the fixings, but it is clear she wants out of the room. It is almost impossible to get Kiwi into a room we want her in, has to be on her terms.

At times Kiwi will tolerate Elsa when we bring her out, we are very careful to monitor the situation, but Kiwi has never ever been violent, not even with bugs. It has been a very stressful week trying to get these two to get along, Elsa is cool with it, but Kiwi is stubborn!

We are trying all the tips we read, but we don't know how long this will take. I don't need them to be best buddies right away, but I do not want to keep Elsa in the room much longer. We tried cracking the door to her safe room and having them play together between it. Kiwi is okay watching Elsa from a distance of about a foot, but as soon as she gets in striking distance she hisses and growls and swats at poor Elsa.

How much longer will this last? We have tried feeding them together in eye sight, but Kiwi is very picky about her food bowl, if we move it too far she simply won't eat, that's how stubborn she is! She will give up and walk away if it's not her way. To this day Kiwi will not let us hold her. I just want to get to a point where Elsa can be released from the room for good. I know they will get along in time they are both loving in their own ways.

Please help us! We feel bad leaving Elsa in the safe room so much, we spend time with her, but still, will Kiwi ever accept her? How long does this take? How can I speed the process up while showing them both respect? How do I know if Kiwi will truly try to hurt Elsa or is it okay to let the swatting happen? Any advice would help!

Thanks!

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October 12, 20170 found this helpful

The older the cat is, the harder it will be for her to adjust. You can try the following:

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Step 1
I would get a pedestal (cat tower) for Kiwi, so she can show her dominance.

Step 2
Put blankets with the other cat's scent in the room where they stay. They have to get used to each other's scent.

Step 3
Spend alone time with each of them.

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October 12, 20170 found this helpful

Cat not getting long with kitten.

Step 1
Sometimes it looks like fighting but it is play.

Step 2
Just keep an eye on them so it does not go to far.

Step 3
If they play fight every day it is okay they are trying to show the other who is the boss.

Step 4
Make sure they have their own spots to go to like a box of some kind.

Step 5
The new cat should be kept in his room for at least two weeks.

Step 6
Put towels on both sides of the door so the cats will play by sticking out their paws at the bottom of the door.

Step 7
Then switch towels so they get each others scent.

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Step 8
Then introduce them to each other an hour a day,but supervise them.

Step 9
It will take about 3 weeks until they get use to each other.Here is a link https://pethelp … ot-getting-along

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October 12, 20170 found this helpful

For now it is just patience and a lot of love and caring for them.

  1. You will need to keep the new kitten in a room of its own for a while.
  2. Give the kitten their own water dish, food dish, and bedding if you want to give them a bed to sleep on.
  3. You will have to get the older cat use to the kitten's smell. You can do this slowly by playing with the kitten in the otehr room and letting the kitten rub up against you.
  4. Now go and get the older cat and let them smell you and the smell of the kitten.
  5. Slowly start to feed the older cat near the door of the new cat. See how the older one reacts.
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  7. You will need to move the bowl of food closer each time to the door.
  8. You will do the same for the kitten on the other side.
  9. After the cats can eat with the door in the middel and the bowls against the door it is time to move on to the next phase.
  10. This will be propping the door open just a crack and allowing the older cat and the kutten to start smelling each other.
  11. Let them see each other and smell each other.
  12. You can now try and swap room with the two or you can try to bring out the kitten and let him be in the same room as the older cat for about 10 to 15 minutes. Don't keep the kitten there too long because this might cause a problem.
  13. Keep doing this and incease the time.
  14. After about 2 weeks the two cats should be able to be out of the room and in the house and running around.
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  16. The older cat might never accept the younger one, but it will be easier and the older one shouldn't atttack the younger once too much after this.
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