Q: Is it easier to introduce a female kitty into a "male" cat household?

April 2, 2010 | By Mary Lee B. | 8 answers | Expired: 1686 days ago

Mary Lee B.

I have one fairly dominant 2 year old male cat. I'd like to get another male, but someone told me that it's hard to introduce a new male into a household where there is already a male. What is your experience?

Readers' Answers (8)
Nancy C.

Apr 03, 2010

If you have a dominant male and don't advise introducing another male cat unless you are up to the challange of fielding wicked "cat spats" on a daily basis. Your old boy will see any newcomer as a threat to his dominance (boy or girl) but a female may be seen as slightly less of a threat. Either way.....there will be spats. The main thing you need to do is respect your old guys feelings. He is secure in his home-role as "king" of the animal population and introducing a newcomer will shake his authority. You can do it but just ease into it. Don't expect your cat to be "best friends" with the newcomer right away. If you do it right they will get along in time. Just be patient and allways keep in mind that cats are fiercely independent creatures who play by their own rules.

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Gail S.

Apr 03, 2010

It is easier to introduce a new cat to a multiple cat homeinstead of a single cat home. The cats in a multiple cat
home have already learned to share their space, whereas in asingular cat home the one cat has likely never had his territory challenged.

You are not a cat so your cats don't consider you to be a challenger to their territory. In fact most cats consider
their people to be parents or kittens and therefore not a threat to them in any area.

A male cat will probably accept a strange female cat more than another male. Another male cat is a challenger to his territory so if you are going to introduce another cat into your home try and choose a cat of the opposite sex.

It is much easier getting a male cat to accept a female than getting a female to accept a male cat. And if you have a younger cat with an older cat that has become set in its ways.

Again you must understand about the basic behavior of cats and watch for clues as to whether or not the cats will accept each other. Separate the two cats for a while from the beginning, and do not pay more or less attention to the new arrival than to the resident cat.

Cats do have a pecking order when they live together, and the more dominant cat will fight with the other to establish dominance. Understand that this is a natural process and some fighting is likely to happen unless they have grown up with each other and the pecking order has already been established. Testing of the pecking order still happens even then, just not as often. Understand that it is the same with cats, just a little more understated. The dominant cat has first rights to food and water. They have first rights to your attention.

And if they see that the other is trying to usurp these rights there will be a fight to make sure that the cat that
is not dominant knows where the lines are. Most of the time the cats won't injure each other, in fact it often looks
somewhat like they are playing with each other. Your cats will probably work things out on their own if you don't push them together. It can take weeks to months for two adult cats who are strangers to get chummy.

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Michele Z.

Apr 03, 2010

Provided the cats are spayed/neutered, I think it largely depends on the individual cats. One of the cats is going to be dominant one way or the other, and the cats will work this out on their own. Your resident cat may have "dibs", but he COULD lose his dominance to another cat, male or female.

If you are adopting from a shelter (which I hope you are), the staff usually have a good idea of the particular cat's personality and whether or not s/he gets along with other cats. You can consult the staff about this when choosing either a male or a female!

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