Before bringing a new cat home, create a safe and welcoming environment. Designate a secure area, like a bathroom or spare bedroom, with new essentials: litter box, food bowls, toys, and a comfy bed.

Scent swapping is crucial. Start swapping items like bedding and toys between the cats a few days after the new cat arrives. This helps them get familiar with each other's scent before any face-to-face meeting.

Introducing Scents

Begin controlled introductions after scent swapping. Use barriers like baby gates to allow visual contact without physical interaction. Start with brief sessions and gradually increase the duration based on their comfort levels.

Controlled First Impressions

Supervised Interaction

Once the cats are comfortable with visual introductions, allow short, supervised interactions in the same room. Gradually increase the duration as they become more at ease with each other.