Q: Are male cats more likely to fight or spray?
I have fallen in love with a 4 yr. old cat at my local shelter. I would like to adopt him but I am concerned about how he will get along with my 5 month old male cat. While both are friendly individually, and fixed, I worry about either becoming territorial. I certainly don't want either to spray. They are indoor cats.
Sep 04, 2008
If they are both fixed, and your current cat does not spray he won't likely start. Check with the staff at the shelter to see if the new cat sprays, they should be able to let you know. A five month old should be very accepting of a new cat, so ask the shelter staff if the new guy likes other cats. If he does, the transition should be pretty smooth. The best way to introduce them is to bring the new cat home and set him up with everything he needs in a room where you can keep the 2 separate. Put the new cat in the room, and let him settle in for at least 24 hours. Don't change anything for your current cat. After the 24 hours, you can introduce the current cat to the new cat. It may be easiest to put the new guy in a carrier on the floor of his new room and bring the current cat in. Close the door and sit with them. If they are agitated, just do this step until they get used to each other. If they seem ok, the next step is to let the new kitty out of the carrier, and see how they do. You may want to have a water bottle on hand in case they try to fight. If they do fine, let them check each other out a little at a time (supervised). Keep them separate when unsupervised until you are positive they will get along. When things are going great, you can just open the door to new kitty's room, so he can explore the rest of your place. Eventually, you can remove the litterbox and food from that room, but make sure new kitty knows where/uses the litterbox and food stations in your house. Adopting an adult cat is a great thing! I wish you the best of luck! Let me know how it goes.
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