My cat had an accident after getting a new cat?
My cat have never had accidents in her 3years. Yesterday I introduced a new cat to her and she wasn't happy. She pooped on our bed and we are very shocked because she is a clean cat and always use litter box. Is this her marking her territory? And how do I make them get along? She is a female, and the new one is a male. The male one shows that he doesn't want to fight but the female cat is very upset.
- PRLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
Keeping in mind that cats do not respond to change terribly well, the first thing that sticks out is that you have not introduced the new cat, properly. The reasons your cat pooped on the bed could be caused by various things associated with this mistake in introductions, but can be immediately remedied:
1. Different room: Put new cat in a different room with door closed. This could be a bathroom, bedroom, computer room, etc. This gives both cats the chance to adjust to this new situation, and in their own ways. He will need to be in this room for between 2 and 4 weeks. This is the "cat rule" for good introductions.
2. Brief visits: After perhaps a couple days, you can bring new kitty out for very brief "visits". This means you can play with him in the main living area, but with the resident cat IN A DIFFERENT ROOM, where the other cat is not staying and none of his scent is there. Play only a small amount of time and then return him to his space. He will survive, and your dedication to this will help in a lifetime of good relationships between these two cats.
3. Sniffing under the door: While the new cat is in his room, your own cat will likely become curious and hang around the doorway after awhile. This may take some time because she will still be angry with you for brining a different cat into the house. But, cats are curious creatures, and she will eventually forget her anger and want to know more about the new kitty.
4. Scent: All the while the new cat is in his own room, his scent is drifting through through the house, allowing your own cat to adjust to this. Cats are very sensitive to scent and know who is in the house, just by scent. They will become accustomed to one another's scent which will help with all of this.
5. Play under the door: Finally, the cats may begin to play "paw games" under the door. This might be simply swishing their paws under to try to reach the other cat's paw, or even pushing little toys under the crack. If this doesn't happen in the room the cat is staying, switch him to a bathroom that is close to the main living area, where your resident cat passes by a lot. She should get curious enough by this time to play this game. This is the reason the bathroom is actually the preferred place to keep the new cat, simply because your cat will pass by this room frequently, allowing for faster adjustments.
6. Eating: Once "paw games" begin and the cats seem to routinely play under the door crack, you can feel confident that you can soon start feeding the cats near one another. This will mean the dishes are at least 6 feet apart and no one gravitates to the other cat's dish. You must monitor this, closely, so they respect one another. If there is any growling or hissing, either make more space between the dishes or simply put resident cat's dish near the door crack with the new kitty inside the room. Then, when it seems safe, try again with the 6' dish trial. Eventually move the dishes closer together as the cats tolerate. Do not push this, but go by the cues of each cat, taking your time to allow them to adjust on their own terms.
7. Play time: If the eating trial goes well, you can probably allow the cats to play for very brief periods or at least be in the same room. Watch to see their responses. If either of them is upset, you need to back up a step or two. Any time you push things, you regress and instead of making progress, and lose ground.
Yes, this is complex. This is because cats DO NOT LIKE CHANGE. They are a bit like old ladies, and rather set in their ways. Does this mean they cannot have a new friend? Not at all - it just means you need to do this right in order to develop GOOD relationships between them. This beginning adjustment period can make all the difference in how these cats view one another, and is up to you to do the right way.
In regards to why your cat pooped on the bed:
-Frightened: She may have been frightened to go to her litter box, which in her mind, may have had a new cat somewhere in the pathway. Even if he was not actually there, she does not know that for certain, and was likely imagining a nocturnal attack from the new feline.
-Upset digestive tract: Just like people, cats can have digestive upsets due to stress. If she was terribly upset, she may have just needed to suddenly poop. If she sleeps with you, try having a box in the same room, but do not allow your cat to isolate herself there, during the daytime. The new cat should be the one who is separated, and NOT the resident cat.
-Confused: She may just be confused with all of this.
If you use the right introductions, this ought to fade. Also, DO NOT bring the new cat into the sleeping room where your cat also sleeps. This will upset her. If she senses his scent on the bed, she will be fully upset. Yes, scent is very important to cats and they know all sorts of things by sensing someone "was there" and may still be there, in their little cat heads!
Good luck, and separate the cats for suitable introductions. Reassure your cat, as well. This is all brand new to her and a bit like bringing home a new baby, to a toddler.
- TKLv 71 month ago
The cats will not share litter pans, and she will go wherever she can if he uses her pan.
- MaxiLv 71 month ago
Your resident cat is stressed which you already know and cats that are stressed do things like that