How to make a cat and kitten friends?
To make friends kittens among themselves is easy. They are so sociable, curious and they have nothing to quarrel about! But the situation is different when a new kitten appears in a house where there is already an adult cat or cat. They will not only get used to each other, but also learn to share the territory and the attention of the owners. And your task is to help them in this! Read about how to make friends with an adult cat or cat with a kitten in our article.
Simple steps to strong friendship
We act smoothly.
Haste is our main enemy. If you brought a kitten home and immediately brought it to the cat, do not be surprised by the latter’s aggressive reaction. For us, a kitten is a cute fluffy lump. But for a cat, he is a source of unfamiliar odors, a stranger and a competitor. It will take her time to get used to it. Forcing events is the path to failure.
How to make friends a cat and a kitten?
We divide the territory.
A new pet for a cat is a competitor. Our task is to change her perception. The cat must understand that no one claims to her territory, that she does not need to fight for her. To do this, in the first few days, keep the kitten in another room. It is better if at first he does not intersect with the cat at all. The baby should have its own bowls, its own bed and, most importantly, its own tray. Many cats refuse to use the usual place and begin to play pranks in the apartment if another animal “marked” their tray.
The first acquaintance is through smells.
Even if the kitten lives in another room and does not intersect with the cat, she feels it perfectly. The newcomer gives out smells that the cat acutely catches. She can come to the door of the room, sniff at her and ask to enter. Do not succumb to provocations and do not let the cat to the kitten. More likely, this will turn into the first quarrel. But if in the first few days the cat just smells a new family member, she herself will not notice how she starts to get used to it. A personal acquaintance in a few days will be calmer.
First meetings under supervision!
A personal acquaintance of a kitten and a cat should take place under the strict supervision of the owners. Each animal has its own temperament. It’s impossible to predict how your cat will react to the baby. Some are curious and quickly change it to friendliness. But for the majority, the first reaction to a stranger is indifference or aggression. Make sure that the indignant “old-timer” does not harm the kitten and does not scare him.
If a cat hisses a warning on a kitten – that’s fine. Let the pets watch each other from a safe distance. But if she goes on the offensive, strive to scratch or bite the baby, interrupt the acquaintance. The meeting will need to be repeated the next day, and so on, until the relationship improves.
It’s funny, but in some cases the help is needed by the “old-timer” himself. A hyperactive and fearless kitten can besiege a new friend and literally not give him a pass. Try to maintain a balance between the pets.
How to make friends a cat and a kitten?
Aggression is normal!
When an adult cat offends a kitten, we want to protect it. But punishing a hostile attitude is pointless and cruel. The cat is stressed, she is frightened by the appearance of a stranger and her behavior is driven by instincts: cats are not social animals by nature. Instead of punishment treat the cat with a treat, play with it. This will help her calm down and become friendlier.
Attention – equally.
Jealousy is a feeling characteristic not only of people, but also of animals. As older children are jealous of their parents for a newborn, so adult pets are jealous of “newcomers.” Of course, a kitten requires more attention and you will want to spend more time with it, but this does not mean that you can forget about other pets. If, after the appearance of the kitten, you begin to pay enough attention to the cat, it will quite justifiably link your indifference to the fluffy crumb and its hostility will only increase.
Together more fun!
The opposite tactic of clause 6 is to pay attention to pets equally, lure them with a game, treat them to treats. After the kitten and the cat get a little used to each other, engage them in joint games, get toys that several cats can play at once. Our goal at this stage is to instill in pets a pleasant association from spending time together. Do not have time to come to your senses, how a cat and a kitten will not spill water and will share everything with each other, even a little tray!
The cat and kitten are friends
The odor trick.
The main thing in the cat’s world is smells. A cat does not respond well to a newcomer because it has a strange, unfamiliar smell. By “replacing” odors, you can reduce the grinding period between a cat and a kitten. Here are some ways:
– Replace the beds. A lounger retains the smell of a pet. Replacing the beds, you mix the smells of a cat and a kitten.
– Wet the kitten with a slightly damp towel, then wipe the cat with the same towel. This harmless deception will make the cat smell another’s smell on itself, and it will adapt to it faster.