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How to Teach Two Cats to Like Each Other

We have a spayed female cat who hasn't been around other cats since she was eight weeks old. We just got adopted by a stray who must have been a house cat at one time. This second cat is afraid of our regular cat. Our cat doesn't know how to make friends with the visitor. The visiting kitty is not going to be permanent - we're going to fatten her up, have the vet check her out, get her spayed, then find a forever home for her.
How do I teach two cats who want to be friends but don't know how to do it, like each other?

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eema.gray

Asked by eema.gray at 2:38 PM on Jan. 3, 2010 in Pets

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  • well, you don't. they are cats, and will fall into their own rhythm. they may have a few tiffs before its all said and done. just provide adequate space for the two of them to be comfortable in, and eventually they'll get it sorted out.
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 2:41 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • I had my first found cat for about 2 years then we adopted another that was going to be euthanized...it can take up to a couple months for cats to "like" each other. Theyre not as understanding as dogs :)...kudos to you for helping the little kitty :)
    calliesmommie

    Answer by calliesmommie at 2:53 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • These two cats should not come in contact with each other especially if the stray has not been checked by a vet yet. Whenever you bring a new cat into the home whether they are permanent or fosters you should have the cat secluded until it adjusts to the new surroundings and has been tested for feline aids and leukemia. Once the cat has been tested you should take whatever it has been sleeping on bed or towel and take to your cats space and vice versa so that they get used to the others scent. then you can introduce them.

    KyliesMom5

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 3:24 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • SAME BOAT HERE---FOUND KITTEN JUST TO OFFER IT FOOD AND TRY TO FIND A HOME--OLDER CAT HATES THE KITTEN NO MATTER WHAT SHE DOES HE WILL HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HER---THE DIFFERENCE---NEW KITTEN IS NOW OURS LOL. GOOD LUCK
    ohio4

    Answer by ohio4 at 6:02 PM on Jan. 3, 2010

  • KyliesMom, interesting the assumption you made. My kitty is fully vaxed, and within the past 12 months for that matter. I wouldn't even consider what we're doing if she wasn't well protected.
    eema.gray

    Answer by eema.gray at 12:29 PM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • We have always secluded the "new hire" for up to 2 weeks with taking the new one out for small amounts of time while putting the resident kitty/s into the seclusion space. The last one has never really made friends with the other 2. She pretty much came in and took over. It's been 5 years and they all just tolerate each other's existence; unlike with my 1st kitties who were adopted separately, but would cuddle and groom each other.
    balagan_imma

    Answer by balagan_imma at 11:14 PM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • kyliesmom didn't make an "assumption", it really is what you should do. the new cat should be COMPLETELY checked out by a vet before introducing your cat to it. FIV/ feluk/ fleas/ everything. not because your cat hasn't had proper vet care, but because it's technically protocol for those of us in the animal world. i run a humane society, i foster cats all the time. i have many pets out in foster care right now with other people. i ALWAYS make them sign something BEFORE they start fostering stating they will not allow the fosters around their pets, and if they do we are not responsible for any payment for any type of sickness their pet may aquire. because just like with humans, animal vaxes aren't 100% fool proof...and for various other reasons as well. i could be mistaken, but i think kyliesmom works in a vet office. she wasn't assuming, she just knows what she's doing.
    shecallsmemom04

    Answer by shecallsmemom04 at 10:16 PM on Jan. 7, 2010

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