Adopting a kitten into a house that already has a young cat. I have some questions on how to make this process as smooth and painless for all humans and felines involved.
In all likelihood, my girlfriend and I are going to be adopting a kitten tomorrow. The kitten is probably 8-12 weeks old and is a male. He was found under a porch with another kitten and (according to the friend that found them) is extremely friendly and seems healthy.
We’ve already set up a vet visit and will be taking the lil guy directly there after we pick him up. We also plan to sequester him in a spare room until we get a clean bill of health.
Sega, our current cat, is about two or three years old. She lived with another cat at my previous apartment but has been queen of the castle since we moved in with my girlfriend about two months ago. She made the transition without any issues but I do think she’s a bit lonely; she’s more needy and anxious than she was before and she will occasionally wander around upstairs and make sorrowful meowing noises until we call to her. We decided to look for an additional cat to keep her company and then this opportunity presented itself. How fortunate!
My question is...what do we do once the new kitten is home?
I imagine he’ll be quite stressed since it’s about an hour from where he is now to our vet and then about 15 minutes from vet to home. Should we bring his carrier in his room, let him out and let him do his thing? Should we try and interact with him or leave him alone for a few hours? We’ll have everything he needs in his room so he won’t have to leave.
I’m also not 100% sure how to best introduce him to Sega. I planned on letting him have free reign of the house once we get the ok from the vet. Before that, I intend to keep a blanket with him and periodically let Sega sniff at it to get used to his scent.
The advice online is all over the place. Some articles recommend isolating the animals for days or weeks and gradually introducing them to each other and some say to just let em go as soon as possible and they’ll sort it out on their own.
Any tips or anecdotes on introducing a kitten to another young cat would be much appreciated. I can’t help but be an anxious cat dad!
of Sega. I don't have any pics of Potential New Kitten just yet.