HomeCat BehaviorHow in the world can I get these two kitties to get along??


How in the world can I get these two kitties to get along?? — 9 Comments

  1. well im really happy to report that tiger is getting along with jasmin and coming inside alot more. So i dont know how many weeks that its been. Ozzie and jasmin are best buddies and play fight all the time. Its so lovely to see the two i thought wouldnt get along to be totally playful.

  2. I can only contribute as a multicat household person.
    In my home, it isn’t mandatory that any cat likes another.
    I don’t like every person that enters my life either.
    What I expect is a tolerance between them.
    As long as there is no actually blood baths, I understand the hissing and dislike for some time.
    I’ve found that this opposition will cool eventually and a truce will emerge.

    • I am sure that your thoughts and your experiences are is typical of most households where there is more than one cat. My personal view is that ideally it is best to try and manage things so that when there’s more than one cat in the house they all like each other a lot. That is probably very hard to achieve but I believe that a new cat should be introduced to the existing cats in a household to check whether they like each other before the new cat moves in. That may be impractical. It may be impossible to arrange that but commonsense tells me that that is probably the best way to go about things. Cats that put up with each other will have have a less content life than cats who really like each other.

  3. Annette, is seems that your best bet is to try and get your 2 cats to play together and if that fails (while giving them sometime) then you might consider re-homing Libra. I don’t think re-homing a cat under these circumstances is a failure. Anyway, I would doubt that you will do this because you are probably committed to following through on making things work, which I fully understand, should that be the case. The very best of luck in any event.

  4. yea i agree with what marc said as i found giving attention to both ozzie and jasmin patting them both at same time and i thik it helps letting them getting to know each other. i.e sniffing each other. Ozzie took about a week to finally get used to the idea and he accepted it. Although tiger not really confinced yet as im having to give him more time. He still comes in every night. i think he still misses cassy alot.

  5. It’s very difficult. I would be on the fence for sure. Usually the way you get two cats to become friendly with eachother is by playing with them both together at the same time – and insisting its both of them being tempted to play.

    I think this is the one guaranteed way to make it work – however I don’t use the word guarantee lightly – I therefore should add that yes – it will wortk – but depending your situation it might take a while. Could take a year. But I believe all cats have playing in common. They forget eachother ad get into playing and that bonds them unquestionably – firstly and most obviously by keeping them close to eachother for a time, whilst busy i activity.

    • Thanks for your more optimistic advice, Marc. I can be a bit pessimistic. I just believe that cats like, dislike or are indifferent to other cats and it is chance as to how it works out, which is why we need to see how they get along before committing to putting them in the same home (if possible).

  6. I agree with Michael, if keeping Libra is going to spoil the quality of home life Rocky had before she came along, it would be better to find her another home.
    I always look at it this way, supposing a stranger moved into our home, we had no notice of this happening, but in she came, to stay, we had no say.
    It would upset our whole household, we’d feel resentful, we might not even like her but there she was.
    Libra’s scent will be everywhere she goes in the house, everything that was Rockys, including you yourself, he suddenly had to share.
    Some cats get aggressive to the intruder, some like Rocky after the first confrontation, retreat to a ‘safe place’
    You could try grooming Libra, then using the same brush to groom Rocky, that mingles the scents, gently rub a piece of soft cloth around her whiskers area, then Rockys. Keep on doing this and the grooming a few times each day it could help Rocky accept Libra with time and patience.
    But if not I would definitely be looking to rehome Libra before Rocky sinks into depression feeling that his happy home is not his own any more.

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