Introducing Cats to Other Pets

Introduce your new cat to other family pets slowly. Your current pet may view the newcomer as a threat and acceptance may take time.

The ability of pets to get along together in the same household depends on their individual personalities. As each animal assesses and establishes his place in relation to the other animal(s), there may be a few scuffles. As long as they are supervised and neither animal is in danger of injury, do not interrupt. Do not leave the animals together without supervision until you are certain of their compatibility.

Introducing A Cat To A Dog:

Introducing Cats:

Cats And Caged Pets:

Birds, rodents and fish are the natural prey of cats and may become stressed by the mere presence of a cat.

How To Encourage Natural Behavior:

Begin by cat proofing your home. By doing so, you will eliminate many problems.

It is natural for cats to scratch. They do this for exercise and to keep their muscles toned. However, furniture and carpets are not acceptable things for scratching activity, and they cannot be kept out of reach. To preserve your furniture, try to teach your cat to use a scratching post.

Clip your cat's claws regularly so that he's not so destructive. Have your veterinarian show you how to do this.

Jumping is natural for cats. Teach your cat not to jump on the kitchen table or counters by simply shouting "NO!" and spray him lightly with water. A loud clap also helps get your cat's attention and distract him from his actions. Act quickly, as corrections are only effective when the cat is in the process of doing the unwanted deed. Praise your cat when he responds.

Again, NEVER STRIKE YOUR CAT. Not only is it inhumane, it's unnecessary. It only makes your cat afraid of you. If a cat is cared for, treated with patience and praise, and his activities viewed with a sense of humor, you can prevent many frustrations.

Consult your veterinarian for advice in dealing with difficult behavior problems.


The most common reason a cat stops using his litter box is because the litter is dirty. Other factors might also cause the breakdown of housetraining.

Cats sometimes react to stress by urinating or defecating outside the litter box. Stress can be caused by a move, new furniture or carpet, a new person in the home, a new animal in the house or a new cat in the neighborhood.