Topic: How can I get my cat to get along with my kitten?!?
July 18, 2019 / By Jada Question:
I have one very large white cat (female) and a 5 week old white female and whenever I hold the kitten near my cat she hisses at it. How can I get them to get along???(they are both very human-friendly)
The older cat and kitten have the same mother the kitten was born in the same house but we gave away the mother and other 2 kittens
Finbarr | 1 day ago
I had this same problem when I introduced a new kitten to my older, VERY large, adult cat who'd never had company and was extremely territorial. It was initially so bad, I thought my cat was going to kill the kitten. I ended up getting them to not only tolerate each other, but to actually like each other. They became best friends! Here's how I did it:
I set up a room for the new kitten (Geraldine) so that she would have a safe, relaxing place that she could call her own. She had her own litter box, food and water bowls, and bedding area. For most of the first week, she stayed only in that room so the cats had no face-to-face contact. The big cat (Zach) I continued to allow to roam the rest of the house.
The room I chose for Geraldine had a door with a small gap between the bottom of the door and the floor, so when the cats got curious about each other, they could sniff each other without any danger of either of them getting hurt. After a couple days, they got used to each others' scents and the hissing stopped. So, I attached some string to both door nobs so the cats could play by the door. One of them would start playing and it would catch the interest of the other cat. They didn't quite play together yet, but they would peek under the door and watch the other one. After another couple days, they would both play with the strings at the same time, and sometimes their paws would have to reach under the door to the other side to get the string, and the cat on the other side would "attack" (playfully) the other cat's paw.
At this point, I started bringing the kitten out for 15 - 30 minute intervals a few times a day and let her sit on my lap. Zach didn't really like it too much the first time, but his curiosity would get the better of him, and he'd come join us. Eventually they were comfortable together while I was around, so I started allowing the kitten to explore the rest of the house (with me following). Zach would follow her, but he never hissed or attacked her. I still didn't leave them together unattended, but after about a week, I was comfortable leaving the kitten and Zach out together without a watchful eye. Because she still "lived" in the closed room, they continued playing under the door, and so slowly during the times I let her out of the room, they'd start timidly playing together.
After the first time I saw them rolling around and playing together, I stopped leaving the kitten in the closed room. They ended up really bonding. They still got in spats once in a while, but that's typical, and neither of them ever got hurt.
Oh, yeah, and just for reference, Zach was neutered before the kitten came, and neither of them were de-clawed.
Just ease them into a relationship, and they should be fine. Even if they never become play-buddies or best friends, by slowly introducing them will at least let them live together without trying to kill each other! I've introduced many additional cats into my home since then, and some of them get along, and some don't, but even the ones that don't like each other will generally just ignore one another.
Remember to spend time with your older cat, and not give all your attention to the kitten! That will make a massive difference in her attitude toward the new one. Your adult cat is probably feeling put out a little and may feel like the kitten is a threat to her relationship with you (cats can be as territorial of their owners as dogs), so make sure to spend some good, quality time with her as well as the kitten so she doesn't feel like the kitten has replaced her.
Just take is slow and be patient, and it should work out fine! Good luck!
Well, i had the same problem. My older cat was really jealous. What you have to do is lock the kitten up in a small room (ex. bathroom, with a litter box and necessities of course) and give the older cat the whole house. That was the older cat can feel more dominant over the household and she can also get used to the kittens scent.
Also, you could take a blanket or towel and rub the kitten down. Give the towel/blanket to your older cat so she can get more used to the smell.
Hope this helped!!!
You can't. You can only give it time and the older cat will eventually tolerate the kitten. Especially if the older cat was living in your house before you brought in the kitten. The kitten is an intruder in the cat's house.
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