- Step 1: Keep the cats separated initially Keep the two cats in separate rooms of your house initially. Do not let them come into contact with each other.
- TIP: Move slowly with the introduction. The more patient you are, the more likely the cats will accept each other.
- Step 2: Exchange scents Exchange cat scents. Rub a blanket or towel against one cat's fur and leave it with the second cat. Then introduce the second cat's scent to the first cat. Continue doing this for several days.
- Step 3: Increase exposure Increase the cats' exposure to each other. Let them occupy opposite sides of a closed door. Each cat will gradually become comfortable with the idea that there is a second cat in the house.
- Step 4: Allow contact Let the cats have some contact with each other. Remember, a little hissing is normal.
- TIP: Distract the cats if they start growling or screaming. Separate them if the hissing and screaming resumes, then slowly reintroduce them to each other.
- Step 5: Let the relationship develop Let the relationship develop until the 2 cats are comfortable sitting in the same room together. Before you know it they will be the best of friends -- or at least good neighbors.
- FACT: Cat breeds are divided into 2 groups: short-haired and long-haired.
You Will Need
- Separate rooms
- Blanket or towel
- Closed door
- Shared room