I’m potentially about to get a new addition to household Already have a 10 year old female - we had to have our male cat who was 14 put to sleep 4-5 months ago For context they tolerated each other but never really got on The kitten we are considering is male around 18 weeks old (so not just leaving mum) and is being re homed for what appears to be genuine reasons I’m stressing about how older cat will react - I could keep an eye on them for first day or so but after that could keep them separate whilst at work - and keep introducing them to each other every evening for a few days Or I could just leave them to it to sort out for themselves - it’s a big enough house that they could avoid each other How soon should I let him out? He’s been microchipped and vaccinated Any name suggestions too? Our theme has always been old fashioned peoples names - last male was James, our female is Evie He is grey and white - suggestions so far are Thomas (not sure re Tom kitten) or Henry which would remind me of the vacuum DD suggested Reuben but DS is not keen
I think the best way to do it would be to put the kitten in a large dog crate (around £50) with cardboard box inside he can hide in, small litter tray etc. That way they could get used to each other in a non threatening sort of way. And keep him in there (although when the existing cat is out of the way you can of course bring him out for exercise) until they seem totally relaxed in the same room.
And in total you should keep the kitten indoors for at least three weeks and preferably four. And get him neutered before you let him out.
Thank you! He was a little unsettled this morning and didn’t want me to go to work Just booked him in at vet for a kitten check and then will arrange neutering for next week - might as well get all his traumas over quickly!
Thank you! He’s settling in nicely We are feeding them together in same room but with a barrier between He is allowing us to fuss and stroke him and even pick him up - but not seeking us out just yet It’s lovely to have a youngster again - I’m glad we waited to get over the loss of James and wait for the right one