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Do You Understand Your Cat's Behavior?

Cats are amazing creatures. They are independant yet can be loveable. Kittens are great fun to watch when they play. Cats do not like change. They do not like it when you move things around in their home or buy new furniture. Sometimes it is very difficult to get a resident cat to accept a new cat.

Humans and dogs must live and function as a group but cats do not.  Cats are independent creatures that do not need anyone.  They can take care of themselves and they survive very well on their own.

Kittens are usually quite tolerant and they make up to their new family very quickly.  They will play and get into everything.  Cats can retain kitten like behavior and adjust to and will probably prefer group living.

Some people say cats cannot be trained but this is wrong as some cats can be trained but the problem is they do what they have been taught when they want to do it.  A cat does not think about pleasing anyone.  Cats just want to do what makes them happy.  Dogs respond to peer pressure and act to please.  Cats do not care if they please anyone or not.

Cats rarely fight for dominance but they will fight to defend their territory.  Cats do not like confrontation and they will go to extremes to avoid one another in order to avoid possible confrontation.  Cats do not want to fight and control other cats.    If a confrontation does occur it is usually a lot of noise without any physical contact.

Before you get another cat you must make sure your present cat is well socialized and will accept another cat into the home.   If you’re present cat is well socialized he will probably accept another cat in time.  When strangers come into your home does your cat run and hide or does he stick around and keep doing what he was doing.  If your present cat does not come out and greet strangers but goes and hides and will not come out he is not well socialized and he will have trouble accepting another cat.

When you get a new cat try to find one that has lived with other cats before.  Sometimes it is best to introduce a new cat that is a different age and sex that your resident cat.  Getting a kitten is ideal because the kitten will be the least threatening to your cat.  If your cat is a senior cat getting a playful kitten may not be a good idea.

Put your new cat in a room by himself and this will allow the new cat to settle down and  become familiar with the territory, toys, litter box, scratching post and bed.  Your new cat must feel safe before he meets your resident cat.

Eventually the new cat will come out and meet the resident cat and when they do meet they will probably run in opposite directions and hide.  There may be a lot of hissing and growling but that will be it.

Do not force the new cat and resident cat to meet as they will do this when they are both ready.  They may disappear for a few days but they will eventually come out and may even become great friends. 

There is a very good chance the two cats will get along without any problems.  Be patient and let the cats settle things on their own.  You must make sure your resident cat does not feel like  he is being replaced by another cat.  Cats do not like change and bringing another cat into the home is a huge change.

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Adopting pets has become inevitable today. Thank you Norma. Promoted.