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I recently got a new kitten and am having troubles at introducing the new kitten to my old resident cat Mitch. I have already tried the door and cat carrier ways and neither worked I have had her for about 24 hours now and they still hate each other I know its to soon to be asking for help but it is really worrying me and I really want my two cats to get along. PLEASE HELP ME OUT!

Also my kitten isn't interested in drinking water... I dont think she drank anything since I got her last night. What should I do to get her to drink?

  • 24 hours is a very short time for cats to get to know each other. It might take up to 3 months. You will get there, it's just going to take some time. – Flummox May 22 '18 at 7:23
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Firstly don't panic just yet.. 24 hours is no time at all in terms of two cats getting to know each other. It can take weeks for a cat-cat relationship to settle down, when I got my second kitten it was nearly two months before peace broke out completely and now they are practically inseparable!

For now if you can try and keep the new kitten in one room with all the necessities (food, water, litter tray, somewhere to "hide) and keep the established cat out. You probably want to do this for 24-48 hours to give the new kitten some time to settle down where she won't have to worry about Mitch.

Once you are happy that the new kitten is eating, drinking and toileting bring some items into "her" room that smell of Mitch (blanket, toy etc) and give her chance to get a safe sniff of him. If you can, try and do the reverse as well.

Then you can try letting them "meet" each other again, make sure each has their own "safe space" to retreat to if they want. Keep food and water plentiful and ensure each has access to a litter tray and you'll want to be fairly prompt on keeping the litter clear as well until they get settled with each other as I've known some cats to refuse to use a tray if it contained the..erm..output of a "strange" cat.

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