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Q: How long does it take for cats to adjust to another new cat?

April 14, 2009 | By Mariah C. | 12 answers | Expired: 1972 days ago

Mariah C.

okay i got a new cat but my other 2 cats are like being mean to the new one i just like want them to all be happy and not mean or scared of each other so how long will it take till they are used to each other and dont pick on each other is there any way to help

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Teritindill
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Apr 20, 2009

Don't worry! We had the same problem with each new kitty. We were told by a cat professional to seperate the new kitty in a room with his/her own food bed etc. Let them adjust. Slowly bring them out around the others after this for a couple of hrs. each day and the others will be able to start recognizing his/her scent and get used to him/her and all will work out. We have one cat that just bullies the others that came along but not bad. Just some hissing here and there but that's normal depending on the breed. I have a Main Coun that is a bully to the rest to show who is in charge but she never hurts them at all! The pic below is our Bully but she is SO loving too!

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Teresa  J.
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Apr 19, 2009

Is the new cat a lot smaller than the others? The vet told me that if there is a huge size difference the bigger cat may actually see the smaller one as prey. She also recommended a pheremone spray or plug-in that can help calm the cats down because they don't smell their own scent as much. Make sure that they have their own litter boxes (get a brand new one for the new kitty) and their own bowls. When we got our new 1 1/2 year old cat last September, the 3 year old established cat was more accepting than the new one. They had a tentative relationship for the first 1-2 months and even now it seems they have their tiffs, but mostly they get along. I think things might have gone better had we introduced them slower, but things are finally working out. Don't give up hope!

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Tanya M.
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Apr 17, 2009

I have always put the new kitty in a carrier where they are safe from the others, and they are safe from the new kitty. That way they can sniff and make noise at each other, it seems to fulfill thier curiosity. After an hour or two, I let the new kitty out and boom, friends.
My sister in law uses a product called Philoway, (I may have misspelled that)that you spray. It calms everyone down and seems to work for her. I've also used just a bit of cat nip from the local health food store to help everyone be happy and get to know each other.

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Cori M.
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Apr 15, 2009

it takes time but let them fight and you dont want to get in the way of a fight trust me

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Anonymous
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Apr 15, 2009

I've had cats all my life, and have found that they need to fight it out a little(with supervision so they don't go too far). My two current kittens went at it for about 2 hours, fell asleep, and when they woke up they were best friends. This doesn't always happen, but I've found that they will either become friends or learn to live with each other. Usually, It's the first cat in the home trying to establish territory and I think it's unfair to punish them for that as they are doing what is natural

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Bonnie  M.
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Apr 14, 2009

You got a lot of good answers here and I hope some can help. I'll also throw in the fact that each cat should have their own things, Food and water bowl and bed and toys. Make sure you have enough litter pans for al. Rule of thumb is one for each cat + one. Water pistol is a good idea for breaking up fights. They hate it but don't really know it came from you. Gradual introduction is best, but I guess you are beyound that.
I will tell you, I have four and they DO NOT all get along. But, I have a big enough house and enough room so everyone has their own space. Sometimes that is the best that can happen. Or, they can grow to be best buds. You never know . It will take some time. Good luck and don't give up. Show them all you love them.

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Lynn D.
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Apr 14, 2009

My herd now numbers 23, and range in age from 18 to 7 months. Since I live in a rural area, it has become a certainty that I gain one or two kitties a year. If you are able to gradually introduce the new cat by keeping it isolated (I use a baby gate when possible), the process seems to go more smoothly. Change locations so each can adjust to the others's scent. Spaying and neutering is a must. There are alot of variables at work here. Male cats usually adjust to a female addition better and vice versa. Their personalities make a difference; so does age. Just make sure that your new kitty had a chance to explore and adjust to its new home without being antagonized by the others. I've seen some of mine settle down in a couple of days, and some in three months. If you don't have a water pistol, it is a good investment, and alot cheaper than treating a bite wound at the vet. Good luck.

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Jillian
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Apr 14, 2009

theres no definite answer to how long it'll take, all cats are different. but one thing you don't want is more problems to ensue from this bullying.
its never a good idea to toss a new cat into the bunch. cats are territorial and usually don't take well to new cats. phasing cats in creates better results. new kitty needs their own room and old kitties need to get use to new kitties scent. let each cat sleep on a blanket or a towel, then give the new kitties "bed" to the old kitties and vice verse. after this, have short supervised introductions involving treats, and always try to end the visits on a good note. stop the treats when the visit ends and they begin to match treats w/the other cats.
remember that rewarding cats is how to achieve the best outcomes and that negative experiences can cause unwanted behaviors.

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Amber H.
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Apr 14, 2009

Just like humans, cats have different personalities. I wouls listen to Olivia L. (the one who answered right before me). It might take a while but maybe if your other 2 don't adjust after a month or so maybe thats just how it's supposed to be. Give it time of ask an animal expert or vet.

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Melinda S.
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Apr 14, 2009

SOMETIMES CATS GET VERY TERRITORIAL. YOU MAY HAVE TO GIVE THEM THEIR OWN SPACE FOR AWHILE, WITH SEPERATE BOXES AND DISHES. EVENTUALLY THEY WILL GET USED TO EACH OTHER.

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