Q: When can I introduce a new kitten to other cats?
June 26, 2010 | By Mary T. | 3 answers | Expired: 1335 days ago
Why won’t the veterinarian let me introduce the new kitten to the feline family he will eventually be a part of?
There are medical and social reasons for a gradual introduction.
That newcomer kitten might be carrying a contagious infection your older cats don’t need or want, such as feline leukemia. When your vet is sure the little one is healthy, face-to-face introductions may begin.
In the meantime, keep the newcomer separated – behind closed doors if necessary — and let the residential cats get used to the idea of something new. They will sniff and listen at the door. And maybe call out: “Hey’ who’s in there? Are you as cute as you sound? When can we meet?”
A lifetime of friendship should not be rushed.
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Jul 10, 2010
I concur that a slow introduction is in order as cats can be as territorial as dogs when it comes to new arrivals into their home. I havew also found that about 5-10% of the time the stress of a too quick introduction will cause the immune system to suppress and allow one of the viruses that the kitten most assuredly has (probably feline herpes) to manifest itself. For the long term welfare of all the animals a slow cautious introduction is best. When I have cats returned for reason of incompatability it is generally within the 1st couple of days from those who didn't follow our advice the mirrors that of your Vet.
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