My cats won't get along

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Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital
231 Whitehorse Road
VIC 3130

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03 9878 3033
03 9877 5129

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How do you get your cat to accept a new kitten or other cat introduced into the household?.  Read on if you want to know more about getting cats to get along.  

We recently had a client with a very common situation where a new young cat was introduced and this really upset her existing cat.  She brought "Fluffy" in to see us because "....she was messing in the house in random places and not in her tray."  Dr Shaun Wynne conducted a Behaviour Consultation and analysed the nature of the behaviours and the circumstances in which they were happening. 

 We explained how to interpret cat body language and advised how to manage the cats to minimize stress between them and get the best chance of them accepting each other. He then prescribed some “chill pills” and a pheromone spray that is used to counteract stress and maintain a calm state. 

 The client recently emailed us a thank you note and a photo

 "...HOWEVER the biggest news is that "Fluffy" and the Kitten are TOTALLY in love and "Fluffy" has stopped messing in the house.  Dr Shaun advised me that when the cats start to lick each other and snuggle then we have harmony in the house, well we have both!!  Thought I would send you a picture of them "Fluffy" and "Meow" snuggling! THANKS SO MUCH for your help and advice!!"

Key Advice Given:

1) Provide one clean litter tray per one more!  Cleaned daily.

2) Ensure both cats have separate areas (or rooms) where they have access to water, food, litter tray and a comfortable sleeping spot WITHOUT having to venture near or past the other cat.

3) Every day allocate some time for each cat to explore, while the other cat is locked away in their safe room/area.

4) Cats that sit quietly, close to each other may not be deeply bonded and can still be causing each other stress.  Licking and grooming each other and curling up so close they are intertwined is an indication that they are deeply bonded.

 5) Unfortunatley some cats will just never get along, depsite your best efforts!

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