Tips for Having Multiple Cats

Tips for Having Multiple Cats

Have you been considering adopting a second—or third—cat? There are definitely some great benefits to giving Fluffy a playmate. However, our feline friends can be quite jealous, and aren’t always thrilled to find themselves with a new roommate. Read on as a local Flushing, MI vet offers some helpful tips on having more than one cat.

Introductions

First impressions are very important to our feline companions. When you bring your new kitty home, don’t just immediately introduce her to your resident cat. Put the newcomer in a quiet back room with food, toys, and treats at first, and let her settle in. Give your pets a few days to get accustomed to one another’s scents, and adjust to the idea that there’s another kitty in the house, before making introductions. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

Make sure both Fluffy and Mittens have been spayed or neutered. Your feline pals will get along much better if they have both been fixed. We also recommend keeping your kitties on the same schedule for appointments, vaccinations, and parasite control.

Preventing Jealousy

Cats can be very territorial. While it can be hard to resist a kitten’s charming face, if you ignore your resident cat and shower attention on your new pet, you’ll be setting the stage for rivalry and jealousy. Pay equal attention to both of your furry buddies. It can also be helpful to play with both of your kitties at the same time, and to give them treats together.

Litterboxes

Kitties hate sharing bathrooms! As a rule of thumb, you’ll need one litterbox per cat, plus at least one extra.

Resources

Make sure that your furry buddies have ample resources, so they don’t have to fight over anything. This applies to food, bedding, toys, and as mentioned above, even litterboxes. If you get a cat tower or another piece of kitty furniture, make sure it can hold both of your pets at once.

Patience

Cats can be very slow to accept change. It can take up to a year for your furry pals to completely accept one another. Just be patient! In time, you may be treated to the super-cute sight of your kitties snuggled up together.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Flushing, MI pet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.

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