5 Tips on Introducing Your Kitten to Older Cats

The only thing better than having one cat around is having many cats around! After all, cats are just the most wonderful creatures and to have more than one is considered heaven to us cat lovers. But sometimes introducing your kitten to older cats, especially if you adopt a new kitten, can get tricky at times and at worst, problematic. Sometimes, ┬áthe new kitten you’re introducing may be too much to handle for the other cat who’s been there for a while. How can you avoid kitty introduction problems?

Here are 5 tips on introducing your kitten to older cats:

1. Spay or neuter ASAP. If your male kitten is getting too aggressive and jumping all over your older cats, neutering him will have the energetic behavior subside.

2. Keep your kitten busy busy busy! Spend time with your kitty and play with them. You get to bond with your kitten and you keep them out of the other cats’ hair: it’s a win-win!

3. Feed your cats right before bedtime. Cats in general are always more playful at night. Feeding them at night before bed can help them fall asleep better, especially after a good meal. It’s not a definite way, but it doesn’t hurt to try!

4. Give the other cats a place to escape. When your kitten is driving your older cats a little bonkers, it’s best to provide them with a place they can escape or hide when it gets to be too much for them. This will prove helpful for both parties.

5. Play with your kitten at night. Cats tend to be more energetic at night. Playing with kitten at night, right before bedtime may help release all that energy they have and hopefully tire them out that they’ll be sleepy sooner.

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