I didn't know that it was recommended to separate my new kitten before introducing it to my older cat?
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July 19, 2019 / By Etta Question:
what should i do? my older cat is an indoor/outdoor cat and is 9 and very used to being the only one and is just not having this new kitten at all. i already tried to just introduce them because i didn't know that it was recommended to keep them separated at first and get used to each others' scents, do i still have time to try that option or should i just do something else?
Best Answers: I didn't know that it was recommended to separate my new kitten before introducing it to my older cat?
Clematis | 9 days ago
Don't worry. There are two main ways of introducing new cats to each other, and slow and gradual is just one of them. The other is simply to put them together. I have always put mine together and let them work it out, but I know others find the slow and gradual method much better for them.
The biggest thing with a kitten and a senior citizen cat, which your 9 year old is, is the energy difference between them. And your older cat is rather used to its ways, and a new kitten changes that.
If hissing and growling is the only result of them being put together, that is perfectly normal and to be expected.
Equal amounts of love and attention can go a long way to solving problems. Love for your older cat so it knows it is not being abandoned, and love for your new kitten so it knows it is welcome.
Hopefully, your new kitten has had a health assessment from your vet, as you don't want surprises. And, you want two, and possibly three litter boxes, and if three, the third one well separated from the other two.
In a multi-cat household, vertical separations are also very useful. In other words, can one cat cross the room at a different level from the other, such as from furniture to furniture? That simple thing defuses many problems.
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Originally Answered: Litter Training Older Kitten?
We have 8 cats. 6 Were trapped feral and tamed inside. NONE of them have improper litter problems because we have followed the advice that I am passing along to you. At the bottom of this posting you will find a book reference. It is the best I've seen on handling kitty problems.
First of all, where are you putting the cat's food and water?
The first rule of kitty elimination is that cats hate to eat where they "go" and they hate to "go" where they eat. If you have the food and water next to the litter box, you have committed the most common mistake that cat owners commit, which is the single biggest cause of kittys going elsewhere. A kitty would rather risk going somewhere else than risk contaminating their food, so your best bet is to move the food and water either to the opposite side of the room from the litter box, or, even better, to a different room altogether from the litter box. Then make sure you have at least 2 - 3 inches of litter in that litter box and that you keep it scooped and clean. Kittys also hate not enough litter, and they hate dirty toilets. You wouldn't like going in a dirty, smelly toilet. Neither do they.
Your next step is to get a cleaner that has a chemical in it that breaks down the enzyme that causes an odor from the feces and urine that you may not be able to smell - but your cat can - and clean the spot where kitty has been "doing it" with it thoroughly. Such a cleaner is available at most pet stores, and will help the kitty not to be attracted to that spot. Petco and Pet Smart have "Out" odor remover and "Nature's Miracle". I haven't tried Nature's Miracle but have heard a lot about it. You might ask the employees for their recommendation.
Then remember the first rule of kitty elimination again: Cats hate to eat where they "go" and hate to "go" where they eat. Your kitty needs to be reprogrammed with positive reinforcement for proper elimination behavior. You do this by getting small bowls of food and putting them on top of any and all spots where your kitty has been "going" (as long as those spots are NOT by the litter box!). In this case you should keep those bowls consistently filled with a dry "kibble" cat food for the next few weeks. This will communicate to the kitty that this is a happy, secure place (which cats associate with food) and not a place for improper elimination. (This may seem messy and inconvenient, but it works!!!) After a few weeks, you should be able to remove the bowls and the kitty will may longer be attracted to those spots for improper elimination.
Keep in mind that these tricks WILL NOT WORK if you have not made sure that the food and water is far away from the litter in the first place.
We have 8 cats, have had up to 11 - at ages all the way up to 19 years old, all are indoor kittys, and this method has worked like a charm. All respect litter box rules.
One last note: Kittys seldom respond to punishment. They are unable to associate punishment with behavior - especially if it is after the fact. They do, however, respond to positive reinforcement.
You need to keep them separated for a while until the young kitten is able to fend for itself and even then you may have to watch what the older cat is doing when around the kitten. I had a cat who was five years old when I brought the kitten in that is now nine years old. The older cat attempted many time to attack the kitten. She was only five weeks old. She lived in my son's bedroom until she was three months old. She was then able to fend for herself but we still had to keep an eye on the older cat. Towards the last days of the older cats life they were inseparable. It is possible to keep them as very close to each other but it just takes a little effort and knowledge on our part for this to be a success.
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If there were issues (and in all likelihood there were) then go through the process as though the kitten had just arrived into the house. It might take a bit longer now, pending how your older cat reacted/reacts, but it will still work out. Just be patient and all will be fine!
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my friend told me get a big cage for the kitten to be in during the day that way the older one can get used to it's scent and then when you are home make it go out so they get used to each other...i think the gradual introduction like that will help!
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She could take exhilaration in a male cat! Ha! ok, when I introduce a clean member to the family members, I carry the kitten and permit the grownup scent and communicate calm; "Oh, look what you acquire, it somewhat one"! issues like that. this type, if, the grownup attack i can circulate the kitten from injury. regularly they settle for the beginner and each thing bypass properly........properly, till the kitten prefer to play and the grownup prefer to place, then it a slap interior the face to tell the kitten; "bypass play someplace else"! in basic terms word that the grownup WILL coach the kitten, human beings not comprehend this theory with their toddlers. i wish the link of a photograph help, i attempt to discover one extra. the 2d not the superb occasion because it extra play, yet, it comparable for the period of self-discipline, in uncomplicated terms look extra aggressive. The grownup's ears be extra laid back while mad.
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if they interact well when your around then it will be okay, if they seem to hiss a lot at each other when your around then when your gone separate them for their safety. and for a couple of weeks have them out in the same area when your with the two of them. but it should still be okay. introductions only go one of two ways n matter how you do it.
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well my dog just to get jealous when we got another dog n they got used to each other now they play hope your cats will like each other
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well you have to keep them apart,until they get use of one other,it might take a week.Don;t worry the little one is fast he can hid.....owner of eleven cats
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Originally Answered: Do older male professors hate older female students who attend college?
I think it's very unfair to generalize, here. We cannot say that "all" older male professors resent their older female students, even if there may be a small percentage who do.
In a case like that, the only potential reason that comes to mind is that they may feel slightly threatened by a student who has a lot of life experience that she brings to the class - experience that may "outshine" the prof. Also, *some* male profs may simply be sexist, which is downright wrong. (I doubt this is the norm, though.)
But even this explanation doesn't make much sense to me because, in my experience, profs really enjoy their older students - male AND female students. The reason for this is that older students bring maturity and fresh perspectives to the discussion material. Also, mature students -- again, male AND female -- tend to be there because they're disgruntled with the lack of options without an education, and because they really WANT to be there: Profs are starved for that kind of thing.
Also, in my Lit. class last term, I made friends with an older woman. She was the only student in our class who received an "A+". She said our prof even gave her a recommendation letter for grad school -- BUT, he DID warn her of the same sorts of things the prof warned your mom about.
The way I understand it, grad school is fiercely competitive for EVERYONE. And even younger MALE Ph.D's aren't guaranteed jobs afterwards. This is what my profs have been telling ME - and these are things EVERY student considering grad school should think about.
But if this is something your mom really wants, then more power to her! Nobody should have to give up their dream. Still, it helps to know what the realities are.