Quick Answer: Will An Older Cat Hurt A Kitten?

Quick Answer: Will An Older Cat Hurt A Kitten?

A kitten under 16 weeks old is a baby, physically weak, and can easily be hurt by an older cat.

So, your primary concern is for protecting the kitten.

Do not rush the introduction process.

Once things go badly, they often stay bad.

Will older cat kill kitten?

Generally speaking, domestic/feral cats do not kill kittens. They will simply avoid them altogether or react unfavorably by hissing and growling to alert the kitten it is not welcome to come any closer. However, when a male lion takes over a pride, he does kill all the existing cubs fathered by the previous male lion.

Will my cat ever accept new kitten?

While older cats will occasionally take to a new kitten right away, they typically need a little time to adjust to the changes. Sometimes cats never fully accept a new kitten but will simply coexist, keeping to themselves away from the other cat in the house.

How long does it take for a cat to get used to a new cat?

How Long It Takes. According to the ASPCA, it takes most cats eight months to a year to develop a friendship with another cat. Some cats do grow to love each other, but unfortunately, some never even become friends. Some learn to tolerate each other, while others fight every day from their first meeting.

How do I introduce my 2 year old cat to a kitten?

Steps to Successfully Introduce a New Kitten to Your Cat

  • Step 1: prepare your home.
  • Step 2: let them get to know each other’s scent.
  • Step 3: finally, allow them to meet.
  • Step 4: build on your success and treat them both equally.

How do you get an older cat to like a kitten?

Here’s how to introduce your cat and kitten safely so they will become best buds:

  1. Separate the cat and kitten, at least at first.
  2. Get your cat used to the kitten’s scent (and vice versa)
  3. Introduce them visually.
  4. Allow for some supervised playtime.
  5. Know that it’s going to take time — and that’s OK.

Will my male cat kill my kitten?

Some male cats, especially if unaltered, might even attack kittens when they are old enough to run and play and eat. However, not all male cats kill kittens. Cats who do not have a maternal drive, whether male or female, may kill very young kittens simply because they resemble prey.

Will my cat attack my new kitten?

Most adults will hiss and spit and may even swipe a paw at the inquisitive little intruder, who they regard as a pest. However, rest assured that most adults will not seriously attack a kitten. Make a fuss of the existing cat, particularly if the kitten is around, to try and prevent jealousy in the older cat.

Will my older cat accept a kitten?

Adult cats will usually accept a new kitten much more easily than they will accept a new adult cat. Cats are territorial, and your cat may resent an adult feline intruder. If you’re able to choose from a group of kittens, avoid a kitten that’s hissing, growling or engaged in serious battle with his mates.

Why do cats hiss at New kittens?

Slow Introductions

When a resident cat hisses at a new arrival, it’s normal behavior and usually nothing to worry about. Confine your new kitty for a few days, allowing the cats to smell each other under the door and on towels you rub on them. They should begin to stop hissing at each other’s scents.

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