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How to Make Two Cats Get Along



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welcome to this animal wise video where

we discuss the happy cohabitation of

cats this is something much easier said

than done and many cat Guardians will

have some doubts over the best way to do

fortunately we show you how to introduce

new cats to each other by looking at

feline behavior and understanding what

it takes to help them get along there

are many potential problems which can

arise when two or more cats cohabitate

they may have set each other have one

cat reject the other or fight over

dominance while cats are more loving

than many give them credit for they can

be quite independent and territorial

however this doesn't mean cats can't

happily live together in the right

circumstances we just need to make sure

we do everything we can to engender a

positive environment for everybody the

first way to do this is to look at the

resident cat the one already living in

the home and understand whether they are

able to socialize with other cats

although cats are not necessarily

competitive we need to ensure both cats

have all their needs met this means

reducing the chances of conflicts of

referred water and objects around the

home here are some general preparations

you will need to make the first and most

important thing is to know that each cat

will need their own food ball water ball

and litter tray even if they end up

sharing them later on we should ideally

have an extra litter tray when housing

two cats together we will need to have

plenty of spaces for them to play and

rest these should be shelves and

structures in which the cats can play

they also create more space so cats can

get away from each other when they need

some downtime you will need scratching

posts so that they can both keep their

nails in condition and mark their

territory you can also add a water

fountain as most cats love this feature

not all professionals will follow this

technique but in the majority of cases

most will implement a two-room policy

this requires preparing a room for the

new cat where they will spend the first

week or so this helps the resident cat

know there's a new individual as their

smell will start to spread through the

house slowly rather than all at once

when presenting the new cat things get a

little trickier it's important that it

takes place in a quiet place with few

stimuli and under supervision from us

generally the cats will sniff each other

and we will probably witness some

hissing and Swiper unless one or other

cat appears to be an actual danger we

must not intervene as we need to respect

their way of communicating if they feel

uncomfortable you will need to have

spaces for the new cat to hide and seek

refuge while we should provide as little

intervention in this process as possible

we should reinforce positive behavior

and kind with treats or encouragement as

we have said over the first few days and

weeks the cats may tick swipes are

trying to intimidate each other we need

to avoid this time for them to test

their boundaries and adapt to each other

this may take time even as much as a few

months but in the long run we should see

the cats tolerate each other more or

less positively in some cases the cat

simply do not get along they continue to

be uncomfortable and aggressive with

each other the causes of this problem

are varied and include genetics improper

socialization past trauma and others

it's not always possible to know what

happened to the cat before they arrived

in our home we can try to improve the

situation

guidelines and solving behavioral

problems among cats very depending on

individual cat available resources and

prognosis from an animal specialist for

this reason you will likely need an

assessment of individual cats involved

and not all behavioral modifications

will work for every cat

however these general tips to help cats

cohabitate may prove beneficial the use

of positive reinforcement can encourage

positive behavior in the presence of the

other cat such as being calm or smelling

them without fighting if we are

supervising the cats being together and

we see one attack the other while

playing we can stop the session so that

the resident cat knows this will not be

accepted and the fun is over this does

not mean we should shout at them as this

could do more harm than good

keeping our cats both physically and

mentally stimulated allows them to keep

a positive frame of mind it promotes

well-being as well as provides

enrichment and learning on the pet

market we can find synthetic pheromones

for cats

these reproduce the pheromones emitted

by lactating cats which cause the

kittens to feel relaxed we can use this

product to promote relaxation at home

with both of the felines avoid using

water or spray bottles to frighten cats

chase them around lock them in a room or

otherwise try to force an introduction

these methods are only likely to make

the situation worse

visiting a specialist may be needed if

you find your cat still can't get along

these specialists include feline

orthologous and behaviorists they are

best to do to helping your cats get on

with each other neither you've seen our

tips to help cats cohabitate peacefully

do you have any experiences you want to

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