How to Introduce a New Cat

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Are you thinking about bringing another cat home to be a friend to your cat, dog or other pet?  We found out the hard way that you can’t just put the new cat in front of the others and expect them to sniff and hiss it out in order to become friends.  If you do this both animals will likely have behavior problems ranging from marking territory throughout your house to fighting or increased aggression.  The worst part is, once a cat starts marking in an area, its difficult to get them to stop.  The most heart breaking experience I had was to be forced to find separate homes for my two cats because I couldn’t get them to stop marking and their behaviors became aggressive.

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5 Tips to Understanding Cat Behavior

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Are you having a hard time understanding your cat’s behavior? Did you know, cats speak their own language? Understand your cat and their behavior by paying attention to their sounds, movement, ears, and tail. Know what your cat is trying to tell you with these five tips to be paw-sitively fluent in cat!

Purr-haps we Can Cuddle?

Purring is your cats way of showing affection and that they want to be close to you. This is a great time to pet, cuddle, and take time to relax with your cat. A content cat is a happy cat, and purring is their way of letting you know!

A striped orange and black cat meows and purrs to speak. Understanding a cats body language helps you be a great pet owner.
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Meow is the Time

Meowing is a cat’s way of saying ‘Hey’. A short meow is similar to a greeting. A deeper meow may indicate, ‘Hey, I’m hungry, ‘Pay attention, I need something!’. Listening to their meow tone can help make sure your cat’s needs are met quickly. Hissing and growling cat behavior often indicate anger and fear.

Tail Talk

Cat tails can tell us just as much, as a cat’s vocals. A slightly curved tail parallel to the ground means your cat is cool, calm and collected. If their tail is straight in the air they may be attentive or excited. A cat’s tail straight up with fur raised and bushy is a sign of anger and stress. A tucked tail under legs is a sign of anxiety, or fear. You should assess the situation, leave your cat alone, or change the scenery around your cat. If there is loud music, or a lot of people causing your cat to feel overwhelmed, you can put your cat in a separate room with a soft blanket and relaxing music to help drone out the noise.

Ear-ly Detection!

Think of a cat’s ears like a human’s eyebrows! They give context to what your cat is trying to convey! If your cat is laying down they may be relaxed. An angry cat is ready to attack with ears flat to their head. Twitching ears are a sign of agitation and frustration. Simply rotated, it can be a sign of attention! Forward facing ears means your cat is relaxed and in a good mood.

Cat Behavior and Body Language

Just as a human can have tense raised shoulders, cats raise their hackles. If you notice their fur standing up along their spine, allow your cat space to calm down. Cats are playful creatures! Be aware of tight tension in their body to see clues they could be stressed will help you understand your cat’s behavior. Look for a loose relaxed gait as a sign your cat is happy. Cats ready to play often stand on their hind legs, jump, spin in circles, or roll around! Check out our blog post Keeping Kitty Happy for more tips!

Every cat is unique, and we hope our five tips help you understand your cat’s behavior in new ways! Have any tips to add to our list? Leave a comment below, to share with fellow cat lovers!

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