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Helping Two Cats Get Along

Have you recently decided to bring a second cat into your home? There are some definite benefits to having more than one kitty. You get to enjoy twice the love and twice the cuteness. And, since many kitty necessities can be shared, you won’t necessarily have to pay twice the cost. However, most furballs need time to adjust to having a new feline roommate. Read on as a Bolingbrook, IL vet offers tips on helping your cats get along.

First Impressions

If you want to get your furry pals started out on the right paw, you’ll need to make introductions slowly. We recommend putting your new cat in a separate room at first. Your pets will smell each other and play ‘paws under the door’ as they get used to the idea that there’s a new kitty in town. Give them several days to adjust before letting them interact freely.

Bonding

One great way to help ease tensions is to play with both of your cats together. This will help Fluffy and Mittens form positive associations with one another. It will also give them a healthy, appropriate outlet for any anger or resentment they feel towards each other. Use toys you can control, like a laser pointer or wand toy. Giving them toys, treats, and meals together will also help.

Resources

Make sure your kitties don’t have to compete for resources, such as food, toys, and comfy napping spots. If you get cat furniture, choose pieces that will fit both furballs at once. You’ll also want to offer a variety of toys. Fluffy may like catnip mice, while Mittens may prefer squeaky toys.

Litterbox Setup

Cats don’t like to share litterboxes, so provide each kitty with their own. Try not to put the litterboxes side-by-side: if you do, your pets may just think of them as one big box.

Avoiding Jealousy

Make sure to pay both of your cats equal attention. Kitties can get pretty possessive about their humans!

Breaking Up Spats

No matter what you do, things may still get off to a rocky start. Your pets may fight a bit at first. Clapping your hands should help break up spats. These instances should steadily dissipate over time. If they don’t, consult your vet or a professional cat behaviorist.

Please reach out to us, your Bolingbrook, IL vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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