Getting a Second Cat

Getting a Second Cat

Are you considering adopting a second kitty? If so, that’s great! We love seeing our feline buddies get great forever homes. However, there are a few things to consider before making a final decision. Read on as a local Lakeville, MN vet discusses getting a second cat.

Matchmaking

The age, histories, and temperaments of both kitties will play a huge role in how well your pets get along. Even aloof cats often have a hard time resisting the charms of playful kittens, so it may help if one of the furballs is a baby. However, if both cats are adults that have always been only pets, the adjustment may be more difficult. If you have a senior cat, you may want to consider getting two kittens. That way, the little ones can play and chase each other around to their hearts’ content while your older pet snoozes peacefully. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Introductions

First impressions are a big deal to kitties! When you bring your new furball home, set her up in a quiet back room with food, toys, bedding, and a litterbox. Give your cats a few days to bat paws under the door and adjust to each other’s scents. This is also a great time to set up any necessary veterinary appointments. You don’t want to let your cats interact until your vet gives you the green light. Once you get the all-clear, you can introduce your furry buddies. You may see some hissing and posturing at first, but this should subside steadily. However, if your feline pals actually fight, separate them and try again another day. To help your pets form good impressions of each other, offer treats and playtime to them together. Also, make sure to pay equal attention to your kitties. Cats can get very jealous of each other!

Supplies

In order to keep the peace, make sure you have enough toys and bedding for both pets, as well as separate litterboxes. That way, Fluffy and Mittens won’t have to compete for resources. When getting cat furniture, opt for things that will fit both of your kitties at once, so your furballs don’t end up fighting over whose turn it is to use the cat tower.

Please contact us, your Lakeville, MN animal clinic, for all your cats’ veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care.

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