Your cat has made an indelible mark on your heart, and yet there are so many lovely cats out there that need homes. As the saying goes, one good turn deserves another, but if you like the terrific idea of adding a new kitten to the household, it may be best to slow down a bit. A resident cat is deeply attached to their territory. To mitigate their protective instincts and reduce possible feline aggression, a slow, patient introduction is the key to a lasting feline friendship.
It can be shocking for a cat to suddenly share their space with an unfamiliar pet. If their first impression is negative it could take them even longer to warm up to a new roommate. A resident cat may need several months to acclimate to a perceived interloper. If their needs and preferences aren’t prioritized, feline aggression is inevitable.