Introduce new cat/kitten

The low stress way to introduce and new cat.
 
Stage 1: Make sure that you think when you are introducing a new cat and why, into your household. Also make sure that you think about the situation at your house and if the new cat/kitten is going to be compatible with your existing cats/kittens. 

If the cats are not part of the same class/social group, ensure that you have seperate space to provide ample sets of resources for each groups. Try to make a decision from a feline point of view.
 
Stage 2: Make sure you plan how you will maintain your current routine for your cats, whilst keeping an area separate for the new cat/kitten. It is imperative that access to food, water, resting places and litter trays is not disrupted by the new arrival.
 
You need to provide all of the above but to ensure that the different groups have minimal interaction.
 
Stage 3: In the first few days keep the new arrival seperate from your existing cats, in order to allow time for his/her scent signals to become inline with the home, this normally takes 2 weeks however every case is different.
 
The scent of the cats and be mixed by swapping items such as bedding and toys between the rooms and areas. Introductions from one cats to another should wait until the new cat abstains from provoking hostile reactions from your feline residents.
 
In most situations you will find that the result is tolerance rather than friendship but in a few cases they can become friends as time passes.
 
If anybody has anything they want to share, or has found a solution to a particular problem, please share them with us, by emailing karenrobe@googlemail.com
 
Note: We would love to see pictures of any cats homed via the Cats Protection, please send them to karenrobe@googlemail.com as we would love to feature them on the website along with your great success story.
 
When offering a home to a older cat you can still obtain pet insurance no matter what the cats age there are about four pet insurances dealing with the older cat with no age limit so if you are ever interested in details please telephone Karen on 01270668380