How to Introduce Companions to Each Other

Making Harmonious Cat to Cat Introductions
By Brenda Barnette, General Manager

Two (or three) cats can be better than one! With two cats in your home, your family will be able to enjoy the true social nature of cats and their relationship with each other. Having a playmate provides companionship and active stimulation during your absence and keeps both cats more playful and youthful in their later years. How you prepare for the new cat’s arrival and how you manage the transition is very important.

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Adapted from material originally developed by applied animal behaviorists at the Dumb Friends League, Denver, Colorado. All rights reserved.

Like most animals who live in groups, dogs establish their own social structure that serves to maintain order, reduce conflict and promote cooperation among pack members.

Dogs also establish territories, which they may defend against intruders. Of course, dogs’ social and territorial nature affects their behavior whenever a new dog is introduced to the household.

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Whether you already have a dog and are considering getting a cat, or have a cat and are considering getting a dog, it is very important to think about their first introduction. If you let a loose cat and dog meet each other in an open room for the first time, you are setting both animals up to fail. Instead, plan ahead and take your time.

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