Getting New Cats to Get Along
Cats are loving, sweet and loyal little fur balls. However, cats can also be rude brats. I love mine, and I have yet to meet any cat I didn’t adore. Cats are lovers, but some can be antagonizing and fresh. It isn’t easy getting new cats to get along.
My parents decided to get two new cats. Snickers was first brought into the home several weeks prior to Turbo the Terrible. Both being adopted from the SPCA, they were young and friendly, and excited to find a new home. Snickers was a sweet loving girl, until Turbo decided he would enjoy taunting, slapping, and screwing with her upon settling in to his new territory. Snickers had only had the run of the house for just a short time, when she realized another cat now had free run of what she perceived as her territory.
The typical dominant behavior caused Snickers to hiss and growl, while Turbo did a plethora of flips, tricks, and acrobats. He was having a blast and just wanted to play. Snicks wasn’t in the mood. At all. It was time to see if I could conjure up a way of getting these new cats to get along and become friends.
Meal Time Wars
Snickers would growl any time Turbo excitably ran up to play. I figured the best way to encourage a friendship was with toys and food. This was my method, and here’s what you can try. This is not guaranteed to work on every cat, but what do you have to lose? Try these steps toward getting new cats to get along.
- Meal Time hour when cats are hungry.
- Cat Toys such as a feathery toy or catnip stuffed toy. Need good toys? Try a package of these 100% Organic Catnip toys rated nearly 5 stars, for less than $10.00 USD.
- Some awesome Cat Treats
- Cat Food (whatever is their favorite) in separate small dishes.
- A helper if possible.
- Prepare wet (or favorite) food in dishes in another room, where they can’t hear you. Set aside. If you have a helper, have the helper be on call and ready to bring the dishes to you.
- Sit in the middle on the floor. Coax the cats in front of you; one on the left and one on the right. Grab a few of their favorite toys. Begin playing and get both cats engaged in play. If one doesn’t want to play, don’t ignore it and show more attention to the other. Give it love until it’s in the mood to play.
- Play for about 5 minutes, repeating both names of both cats with excitable praise.
- Get your cat treats. Feed one or two each, to encourage them to stay, knowing you hold the almighty treat bag.
- Continue play for another couple of minutes. Continue praising both by name, and do some cute, excitable “Yayyy!” talk. They’ll get the idea this is fun.
- Give each another treat. Pet quickly, continue play for another couple minutes. (They’ll never know what you’ve got up your sleeve next.)
- Have your helper grab the couple of food dishes and give them to you.
- Place the dishes 3 or 4 feet away from each other in front of each cat. The cats should begin eating quickly. Let them get into their eating.
- After about 30 seconds, grab each dish and move it half way toward each other. The cats should continue eating.
- Move the food dishes a few inches apart quickly, while cats are still eating. They should now be facing each other and scarfing down dinner. Don’t put the dishes so close that they’re touching, really. But maybe 6-8 inches away from one another.
- When the cats are done, praise both cats vocally with excitement. “Yay! Good boy/girl!” works. Animals know the tone of your voice and they know when they’re being praised.
- Continue play time for another few minutes, them leave the cats alone to go their own way.
- Repeat this until both cats are able to eat side by side, or start to get along. If you do it more often, they’ll get along faster. It takes patience. If you free feed the cats normally, do this method at dinner time only, and allow them to eat separately until the trick works. Free feeding of dry food may force you to pick up the bowls a couple hours before they’re set to have their normal dinner time. If they eat during all intervals of the day, stop free feeding until they’re at least beginning to get along.
My parents’ cats took 1-2 days to begin getting along. They now lick and bathe each other, play like crazy and protect one another. They’re best friends, and they rule the roost.
I hope this works. Good luck in your feline mastery! Remember to be patient, and be their keeper. Getting new cats to get along may require you to get involved. They may need your help to ease their nerves and be happy cats again. Don’t ignore them and assume the problem will go away on it’s own. Try to nip it in the bud now while there’s still time to condition the pair to begin to become friends.
If you need more cat toys and are tired of buying new packages at the store, stock up for your feline’s fun frenzy. Here’s a lot of 60 toy mice that’ll last you ages!