Introducing a new cat to your home

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Kristi Hutchens and Eric Smith know all about introducing cats.

They’ve been foster parents for Sparkle Cat Rescue in Burlington for the past couple of years and during that time, they’ve cared for more than 40 cats, young and old.

A bit of advice: have patience.  It can take two to four weeks to acclimate a new kitty in a home with a resident cat.

Additionally, try to match their personalities.  If your kitty is very active or hyper, consider a new kitty who is also very active.  Same goes for a more low-key, sedentary cat; match them up!

The gender of the cats is very important, so the most successful combinations are to have two male cats or a male and a female.  Kittens do exceptionally well with male cats, bringing out some paternal instincts!

The toughest pairing?  Two females.

When it comes down to the nitty gritty, it’s all about chemistry.  Just like us, we might take to one person immediately while another person could be thoroughly irritating.  If one pairing doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean your cat won’t take to a new “forever” friend.  Try another cat and make a life-long love match!