There’s no guarantee that cats will take to each other, but I am always optimistic and think you should give it a try. I suggest, however, that you get a female kitten – even though he’s presumably neutered, he will probably be delighted by the presence of a female.
These guidelines might help:
- Before you bring your kitten into your home, rub your hands under your underarms and then rub them all over the kitten. The kitten now not only knows your scent but also smells like you, which is comforting to both her and your adult cat.
- Bring the kitten home in a carrier and casually put it on your coffee table or on your bed. Allow them to have a good look at each other. If they hiss at each other (extremely likely) don’t react. This is a good time to drink a cup of coffee and read a magazine while they sniff each other out.
- After a while, open the carrier and feed them together in the same room – it’s amazing how a good meal can be a bonding experience! Make sure that you feed them ‘treat food’, like chicken or something yummy from a tin.
Animals that play together stay together – and most cats can’t resist things that wriggle, jump and flip. A good supply of interactive toys will certainly break the ice.
- Lastly, be patient. Sometimes cats take to each other within hours, sometimes it can take weeks. The important thing is to allow them to make friends in their own time without too much pressure.
Words: Home magazine