When you bring your new kitten or cat home you will have to let him get used to his new surroundings. If you have other pets – another cat, a dog, a bird, or any other animal – you will have to introduce them gradually. Younger brothers or sisters must learn how to play with a cat, especially a small kitten, without hurting him. Then if everyone gets plenty of time to get used to each other, soon they will all get along fine.
Before you take your new pet home, take him to your veterinarian for a physical examination. It's important that your kitty doesn't have any diseases or skin conditions that can affect your other pets. Make sure he has been de-wormed and is up-to-date on his vaccinations. It's also important for your other pets to be healthy and current on their vaccinations, too.
Introducing Your Kitty to Another Cat
When you first bring your kitty home, immediately take him to a separate room and let him out to play and investigate. This is where he should stay for about a week.
Your older cat has lived in the house for a long time – he is the resident cat – and now suddenly there is someone new that is going to share space with him. If you understand this, you may be able to understand how your resident cat might react.
He may be unhappy to see somebody new and he may hiss or try to hurt the kitten. On the other hand, your cat may be easygoing and friendly and may like the new kitty. Some cats become friends right away and play with each other. They may even sleep together.
But until you know how your resident cat is going to react, you should take some precautions that your new pet doesn't get hurt or scared.
Introducing Your Kitty to the Family Dog
When you introduce your new kitty to your dog, do the same as when introducing him to your cat. But keep your dog on a leash.
The best thing to do is to keep your kitten out of sight for a while so your dog can get used to the kitten's scent before you bring them face to face. Keep the kitten in another room. Let your dog sniff around the door or around the crate for a few days.
When it's time to introduce them, keep your dog on a leash and let your dog come to the kitty. Don't let your kitty pounce on the dog. Your kitty may want to hide for a while and that's okay, too. Soon they will get used to each other and become friends.
Be sure to give plenty of attention to your dog during the adjustment period.