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.. Introductions continued

 

 

Estranged family can mean little to cats, they may be just as offended by the appearance of an unfamiliar relative, as they would with any other cat.

Kato & his little sister Bunsen were kept separate, they could see each other through a glass door and scents were investigated where possible. Before too long kato was again allowed in the room, where they were kept separate by a partition built temporarily across room. They had an oven grill, acting as an impassable barrier through which they could see each other, smell each other & make initial contact. 

Note that these pictures were gradually taken over a period of weeks. Kato did not like other cats, he took great offence when his home was intruded upon. He was very aggressive at first, hissing spitting and growling at Bunsen through the grill. She was far smaller than he, & she could have been seriously hurt if precautions had not been taken. Bunsen was also scared and needed the time for reassurance.

There may be initial aggression, seperate them and repeat the introductory process now & then. They should gradually relax as they realise there is no threat. (don't pressure or force them though, small steps are better than mishaps and negative associations)

13 • Once they seem relaxed and calm with each other, they can be allowed to mix together briefly. Innitially it is a good idea to gently restrain full contact, until you are sure they wont fly at each other. Separate them again and repeat the process - increasing the time they spend together. (expect a little boxing as they sort things out between themselves, but they should be separated if noisy scrapping builds up - not just excited play)

If they ignore each other it is good sign, if they settle with each other or groom each other - it is excellent.

14 • If they chase each other & play fight, that is ok but watch that it doesn't get out of hand and separate them soon so that it ends on a positive note & no one gets over excited.

If one cat is being chased & is trying to hide - separate them again, it may be an unpleasant experience for them. If real aggression or aggressive chasing occurs, things don't look so good. You should separate them & wait for things to settle down, before trying the process from the beginning again, never force them on each other.

15 • When they can be left to their own devices, they will get to know each other, set their own boundaries & settle their differances.

Caution

Some people believe that introductions should be made with one animal being kept in a carrier placed on the floor, so they can be safely investigated by another. 

This sort of introduction can be extremely distressing for a cat, they like to feel that they can evade a threat. They may lose trust in you and their surroundings if they feel caged, forced and helpless.

Once they are relaxed with each other...

Once they are relaxed with each other...

They can meet...

They can meet...

If all goes well & precautions have been taken...

If all goes well & precautions have been taken...

The chances are that they will be good friends...

The chances are that they will be good friends...

...even inseparable

...even inseparable

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