Introducing a new cat into a household with existing cats can seem like an overwhelming task. The transition can take several weeks but planning ahead can reduce the stress, allow for an easier transition, and build a positive relationship between your feline companions.
The first few days you should isolate your new cat in a separate room with its own food, water, litter box, and toys. Then be sure to make an appointment with your veterinarian. They will conduct a physical examination and test the cat for viruses like FIV and FeLV which can be transmitted to other cats in the household.
To read this article from the American Association of Feline Practitioners in its entirety click here.
Please do not hesitate to chat with your doctor at Brittmoore Animal Hospital prior to introducing a new pet into the family.
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