If you live in New York City, you likely live in a building with multiple apartments per floor. Sometimes you open the door, and your cat runs down the hall to sniff at a door where your neighbor also has a cat. So, you may be wondering if it’s a good idea to have the kitties meet one another face to face.
To figure out if it would be a good idea or bad idea, consider the following:
1) Let them sniff at one another from under your door. If either of the cats starts hissing, getting aggressively fluffy, or swatting from under the door, they probably won’t be friends.
2) Try letting your neighbor’s cats sniff your cat’s brush to see if they hiss or growl at it. Do the same for your cat with your neighbors’ brush. Any hissing or growling is a bad sign.
3) How well do you know your neighbors? If your cat hurts their cats, or if their cats hurt your cat, is it going to ruin your relationship? Do you think they might hold you accountable for the vet bill, and vice versa?
4) Also, keep in mind that successfully introducing cats to each other can be a very, very long process (months) and requires a lot of effort. Does that sound like something you both are willing to do?
If you do decide to give it a try, introductions should only be done under constant supervision. You may want to keep a squirt bottle handy in case things get ugly.
When all’s said and done, it’s probably not worth the trouble.
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Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.
“two annoyed cats” by Robert Couse-Baker on flickr.