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Helping Your Cats Get Along

Do you have more than one kitty? There are few things cuter than two cats snuggled up together. Unfortunately, things don’t always go quite that smoothly between our feline friends. If your cats are fighting, read on for some tips from a local Mt. Pleasant, SC vet on helping your pets get along.

First Impressions

First impressions are a huge deal to our feline overlords. When bringing a new kitty into your home, make introductions slowly and carefully, over the course of several days. Don’t let your cats interact until your vet has given the all-clear. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Toys

Offer your cats plenty of toys, so they can take their frustrations out on playthings, rather than one another. Kitties often have their own purrsonal preferences about toys, so get a variety of different styles. Mittens may like feather toys, while Fluffy may prefer catnip mice.

Form Positive Associations

To help your kitties form positive associations with one another, offer them toys and treats when they are together. If Fluffy realizes that she gets yummy snacks when Mittens is nearby, she may suddenly become quite fond of her furry roommate. Playing with your cats together can also help.

Hiding Spots

Cats can get very uneasy if they feel cornered. If Fluffy keeps chasing Mittens into corners, Mittens may lash out in self-defense. Your kitties should have hidey-holes and ‘escape’ routes, like cat towers, in every room. That way, they always have somewhere to retreat to.

Resources

Cats often fight over resources. Make sure there is plenty for everyone. If you get cat furniture, choose pieces that can fit both your pets at once. Your pets will also need separate dishes. This applies to litterboxes, too: kitties don’t care to share bathrooms! You should have one box per feline, plus at least one extra.

Avoid Jealousy

Our feline pals can be very, very jealous of one another. Give both of your pets equal attention. It can be very tempting to fawn over a new kitty, but if Fluffy sees you cuddling Mittens, she could get quite envious.

Tips

You’ll want to get your kitties on the same schedule for vaccinations, parasite control, and exams as soon as possible. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Call us, your Mt. Pleasant, SC animal clinic, today!

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