Introduce cats smoothly

Prepare your home

Create a safe space for each cat, with their own litter box, food and water bowls, and toys.

Scent swap

Start by swapping the cats' bedding so they can get used to each other's smells.

Visual contact

Once the cats are comfortable with each other's scents, you can allow them to see each other through a closed door or baby gate.

Supervised interactions

Once the cats are comfortable seeing each other, you can start supervised interactions in a neutral area of your home.

Offer treats and praise

Reward the cats for positive interactions with treats and praise.

Consult a professional

If you're struggling to introduce your cats, you may want to consult with a professional animal behaviorist.


There is no one-size-fits-all approach to introducing cats. Be flexible and adapt your approach to the individual cats involved.

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