Adding a new cat to the family can be a positive experience for resident cats, like having someone to play with. However, owning more than one cat can create challenges in a household. Consider the following tips for maintaining a multi-cat household.
Compared to dogs, cats can take a little while longer to get used to one another. When bringing a new cat into the family, introduce them slowly. You can start by keeping the new kitty in a separate room to allow your other cat(s) to become familiar with the newcomer’s scent. After that, allow the felines to view each other through a screen door or gate before interacting with one another.
Try to feed your cats separately and consider using different food and water bowls for each. If partaking in scheduled feedings, take the cats to different rooms for them to enjoy their meal. Separate feedings can prevent fights between felines, as cats are territorial animals. Also, be sure to have water available throughout your home, so they each have access to it.
Felines dislike sharing litter boxes due to their private nature. It is recommended to have one litter box per cat and to consider adding an additional one. Placing the litter boxes in separate rooms, on other sides of one room or in the corners of the room will prevent a dominant cat from taking ownership.
If members of your household have allergies, it is important to control the amount of hair in your home. Consider vacuuming more frequently, brushing cats regularly and covering furniture with blankets that can be easily washed. When heading out of the house, think about using a lint roller to remove hair off your clothing.
In every home, a cat needs space to be comfortable and alone. Make sure your house has enough room for the number of felines that you have. Cats are territorial, so try to create areas where your furry friends can hide to feel secure.
There may be some aggression in a multi-cat household, especially as they are getting to know one another. If your cat becomes angry, they may misdirect their aggression towards another cat, even though they may not be the reason they are upset. Interrupt the aggressive behavior with a toy or distracting noises. If there are specific situations that trigger your feline, then consider separating them before the occurrence.