Quick Answer: Is It A Bad Idea To Get A Kitten With An Older Cat?

Is it better to get a kitten with an older cat?

People often ask me if they should get a kitten to help liven up their older cat.

A young or middle-aged cat may be more receptive than an elderly cat to the presence of a kitten or even another adult cat — but it’s important to consider your original cat’s purr-sonality when choosing a new cat of any age.

Will my older cat hurt the kitten?

A kitten under 16 weeks old is a baby, physically weak, and can easily be hurt by an older cat. So, your primary concern is for protecting the kitten. This is not typical, though, especially for adult cats who never had any dealings with little kittens. Most adult cats don’t act like mother substitutes to kittens.

What do you do when your older cat doesn’t like your new kitten?

Calm Your Older Cat

Try using pheromones for at least a few weeks before bringing home a kitten. If you suspect your older cat will become stressed and anxious with a new kitten, consider nutritional supplements that are designed to calm a cat. These won’t drug your pet but will help it remain calm and relaxed.

Is it a good idea to introduce a kitten to an older cat?

Remember that your resident cat needs to learn to share their territory and accept the new kitten. Older cats may also be less tolerant, so introductions should be very short initially before gradually increasing their time together.

Do cats get jealous of a new kitten?

So do cats get jealous of a new kitten? It certainly can happen, especially if the older cat feels it is getting less attention than it is used to or less than the new kitten. Cats naturally form their own hierarchy and can become envious or even angry if they feel their position is threatened.

How do I get my older cat to accept a kitten?

How to Introduce a New Kitten to an Older Cat

  • Keep Your Old and New Cats Separated at First. Whatever you do, don’t just toss the new kitten right into the mix.
  • Mingle the Cat’s and Kitten’s Scents. The more the cats smell like each other, the easier it will be for them to get friendly.
  • Let the Cats Meet While Separated.
  • Give Each Cat His Own Separate Facilities.

Should I let my cat hiss at the new kitten?

When a resident cat hisses at a new arrival, it’s normal behavior and usually nothing to worry about. Take the introductions slowly. Confine your new kitty for a few days, allowing the cats to smell each other under the door and on towels you rub on them. They should begin to stop hissing at each other’s scents.

Why is my cat so mean to my new kitten?

This is normal. They don’t hate the new cat — they are simply scared of him and need time to learn that the new cat is not a danger. Another reason is that, as a kitten, your cat may have missed out on learning cat etiquette from socially adept adult cats during important periods of socialization.

How long does it take for an old cat to accept a kitten?

How long will it take? It may only take a day or two or it may take several weeks for cats to tolerate each other. It may take months before the cats are relaxed with each other, but you are on your way to success if you reach the stage of a calm truce between them.

Will my cat ever get used to the new kitten?

It can take several weeks to several months for a cat to get used to a new kitten—and even longer for them to become “friends.” Some cats will learn to tolerate a newcomer, but may never be interested in playing or napping together. In other cases, the cat will take to the kitten right away.

How long will my cat hiss at the new kitten?

When a resident cat hisses at a new arrival, it’s normal behavior and usually nothing to worry about. Take the introductions slowly. Confine your new kitty for a few days, allowing the cats to smell each other under the door and on towels you rub on them. They should begin to stop hissing at each other’s scents.

How do I get my cat to accept a kitten?

7 Tips to Introduce a Kitten to an Older Cat

  1. Start to prepare before the kitten arrives.
  2. Introduce your cats by smell first.
  3. Let them see each other.
  4. Support a calm, patient introduction.
  5. Give treats.
  6. Watch how your pets react.
  7. Keep to a schedule to minimise stress.

What if my cat hates my new kitten?

This is normal. They don’t hate the new cat — they are simply scared of him and need time to learn that the new cat is not a danger. Another reason is that, as a kitten, your cat may have missed out on learning cat etiquette from socially adept adult cats during important periods of socialization.

Will my cat change if I get a kitten?

While older cats will occasionally take to a new kitten right away, they typically need a little time to adjust to the changes. Sometimes cats never fully accept a new kitten but will simply coexist, keeping to themselves away from the other cat in the house.

Will my big cat hurt my kitten?

This adult cat was fine with the kitten after many days. Cats are territorial, some more than others, and in most cases, do not initially take well to “intruders” in their territory, not even to small kittens. A kitten under 16 weeks old is a baby, physically weak, and can easily be hurt by an older cat.

How do I get my cat to stop hissing at my kitten?

Don’t yell, scold or punish your current cat for hissing at the newcomer. When he acts nice—or at least nonthreatening—to the new cat, praise him and give treats. If fighting breaks out or either cat is highly stressed, separate them for a few more days.

Is it bad to hiss back at your cat?

Cats don’t hiss just to be rude. Sure, they might do it because they’re aggressive, but it’s just as commonly a defensive action. If you felt threatened by someone, you might put up your hands and tell them to back off — this is your cat’s way of doing the same thing.

Will my big cat kill my kitten?

Was I imagining, or do they really hold grudges? But no your older cat will not kill the kitten. It will hiss at the baby and will teach it that he/she is older and therefore the boss. After awile the older cat will get will get used to the kitten and they will become friends.

Where should my new kitten sleep?

Sleeping. Your new kitten will sleep up to 16 hours a day, so it’s important to create a comfy spot for her slumber. Designate a corner of your house as the “kitten corner” — a place for her to unwind. The spot should be warm, quiet, and away from high-traffic areas of your home.