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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:06 am 
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Hi there

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice? We have a little bengal boy just over a year old he is a loving little guy and gets lots of attention but really think he needs some kitty company. We were hoping to get another little guy soon before our little one gets too old. Does anyone have any advise, tips etc on how to introduce them and if it is ok to do so at this stage?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:50 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Im sure your little falla would love company..
When ever I have introduced a new pet, I always keep the newest one in a puppy crate for the times I can't be there..
then gradually introduce playing together, then eating next to one another..
all in all it takes about 2 or 3 weeks of hissing and sniffing and batting one another but they get there in the end..
ours are now best pals and wash and sleep together.. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:59 pm 
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I would suggest using a crate to get them used to each other. However when we got our kitten a few weeks ago we just let her roam and my other cat hissed and was mardy a few times but was sniffing her at the same time. They are fine now and have been from about 3/4 days after we got her :)

Try both and see what you think?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:12 pm 
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I got a crate when I got the 3 moggie kittens but in the end I didn't use it. I came to the conclusion there were enough places in the house for them to find their own "safe" area and I didn't really want to keep them confined in such a small space. I did keep them shut in one room for the first few days while I was at work and I made sure it wasn't a room that Dolly (my Bengal) regarded as hers. I had some scary moments, including Dolly disappearing for 3 days, but things have now settled down and she tolerates the kittens, even playing with them now and again.

If you can get pieces of bedding that they've both used, then you can try swapping those over so that they get used to each other's smells. Active play and treats are also a good way of getting them to share space.

Overall though, the key advice I'd give is to be patient. There may be times when you'll worry that you've made a huge mistake but you have to take things one step at a time. I always think back to wise advice I was given once that you can only eat an elephant in bite size chunks - it's true of so many situations in life :)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:40 am 
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I just introduced two 4yr olds to two 5 month old kittens. We were just going to keep them seperate, but got home and thought 'what the hell', Zeus retreated to the top of the wardrobe for 3 days and Hestia wandered around the house, sniffing the kittens and vice versa. After encouraging Zeus down there was some hissing and growling.....its now just over 3 weeks and I woke up today with zeus, mitzy and daisy all on the bed with me. Zeus was hugging mitzy and when i sat up, he started to groom her head...awwwww sweet!!

So Its basically up to you. You will always get hissing and fighting but they will eventually learn to live together.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:52 am 
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Thanks for the advice!! Hopefully things will go well, got a new little guy coming in November i'm really excited :D I'll probably be pestering you all for a while till we get settled.

Thanks again x


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:55 am 
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Pester away! Especially if it involves photos ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:52 pm 
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I'm new to forums but once i get the hang of it i'll get some pics of my baby boy and his new little baby brother. I'm so excited - trying to think of a cool name just now :?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:59 pm 
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Hi Cheeky cat and welcome :D

Looking forward to seeing photos of your little one and your new baby.

You've had some great advice re introductions so nothing really to add apart from don't panic :shock: It often takes a week or three so don't worry if they don't seem to like each other initially.

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