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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:59 am 
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Hello! I am in need of some advice about introducing a new kitten to my cat. I have a sweet little Bengal named D'artanan. He just turned a year old about 3 weeks ago. Ever since I got him last September I have had a pretty relaxed schedule that allowed me to be home with him often, however, this fall I will begin graduate school and will be very busy and away from home more than usual. I just recently made the decision to get another Bengal kitten so that D'artanan will have some company when I go back to school. I'm very excited about the new baby, but I am also nervous because I have never owned more than one cat at a time. Does anyone have any tips for me on how to introduce Bengals to eachother? I've read a few things about keeping them separated for a few days and letting them get used to eachother's scent before introducing them face to face. Is it a good idea for them to always have seprate litter boxes and eating spaces? I obviously know nothing about having a multiple cat household. lol. I would appreciate any tips you could give me. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:57 pm 
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Congratulations on the upcoming arrival. You would absolutely need at least two litter boxes. The cats will choose which one they prefer to use. The optimum number is one for each cat plus another one. One of the reasons to keep them separated is to prevent the spread of any contagious disease or problem. You don't know what the new kitten may bring with them. Naturally, you'll have the kitten checked out by a vet. A safe room for the new kitty should have the new litter box, food, water and toys. Sometimes I associate the introduction of two cats with an older child trying to accept a new baby brother or sister. Sometimes it goes smoothly, other times, it does not. I agree that your older kitty will have a playmate, although you're bringing a brand new kitten to bond with a somewhat older adult cat. Their play levels may not be the same in the beginning. Kittens can go crazy at times. LOL. Personally, I'd start the introduction process with feeding them in the same room -- separated by several feet. The food will take their minds off the other cat. If they can get along there, then you can bring them together for play time -- keeping each of them amused with toys. They will require supervision until you are convinced they will get along. Once you see them grooming the other and snuggling up together for a nap -- I think you've got it made. Just know that TWO bengals can become quite destructive in their playing -- no fault of them .... it's just they can get quite wound up. I hope you have a couple of cat trees they can enjoy since they love being high above the ground.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:41 am 
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APPeartree89 wrote:
Does anyone have any tips for me on how to introduce Bengals to eachother? I've read a few things about keeping them separated for a few days and letting them get used to eachother's scent before introducing them face to face.


The whole thing is going to be mostly dependent on two things: the confidence level of your new kitten, and (most importantly) the willingness of your resident cat to accept a newcomer. Like Sherry said, irregardless it's probably best to keep the kitten in a room by himself away from the other cat for a couple of days, and until he is checked out at the vet. Once the kitten has gotten his confidence up and is ready to explore, the introduction could be as easy as letting them meet, and then supervise their play for a few weeks until the kitten gets big enough to hold his own. Or it could be much tougher if there is a ton of aggression from the resident cat. If there is a bunch of aggression, then there is a series of protocols that you can follow (scent swapping, site swapping, treats when they are together and behaving, eating on either side of a closed door etc).

APPeartree89 wrote:
Is it a good idea for them to always have seprate litter boxes and eating spaces?


For litterboxes, you should start with a minimum of two, and there may be a need for more. Some cats don't like to pee and poo in the same box. Some cats are also extremely fussy about the cleanliness of a litterbox. In situations where there are multiple cats, there can be contention for litterboxes, and some cats higher up in the hierarchy will actually prevent (or dissuade) other cats from using "their" catboxes. And then of course, when you have a kitten, you don't ever want the kitten to be too far from a box while he is learning to navigate the new home. So yea, a minimum of two and possibly more depending on your situation.

As far as food goes, each cat should always have his own dish. Mine share water dishes ok, but each having their own dishes solves contention problems at feeding time, and also give you the opportunity to feed different cats different things (which often becomes necessary sooner or later throughout your cat's lives) when you need to do that.

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