Introducing a New Kitten in a House Full of Cats!

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The first interaction that occurs between the new kitten and the other resident cats is extremely important as it sets the tone for their relationship in the future. Cats are territorial creatures, and if your residential cats have not been around kittens before, they may not take well to one, depending on their disposition. Some cats, for instance, will be more than glad to slip into the role of a mother when they find the kitten, while some others, may react hostilely perceiving the kitten to be an intruder. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you should be introducing your new kitten to the household cats, with gradual introduction being the key.

  • Separation: Your new kitten needs to feel safe and at home before you make any face-to-face introductions with the other cats, else it can get stressed. Same goes with your residential cats, they may not take it well if a new kitten decides to just walk up to them, disregarding traditional cat manners when they meet strangers. You want to separate the new kitten from the other cats at home for the first few days. Make sure you assign a separate room for your new kitten, where it has its bedding, litterbox, food, and toys. Keep the door to the room closed, so it does not trot out of the room and run into the other cats while exploring the house.
  • Familiarization: While your new kitten and cats may not have met either at this point, they are sure to have taken note of each others’ scent. The more they get accustomed to each others’ scent, the better. You can even let the cats into the kitten’s room and vice versa when the other party is not around, so they grow familiar to each others’ scent.
  • Association: You want the new kitten and the residential cats to make a positive association with each other even before they meet face to face. One of the best ways to do it, is to give them food or treats at the same time, when they are in proximity of each other, without allowing any physical contact. Feeding them on either side of the door, so they can acknowledge each other’s presence through the gap or crack in the door, is a good idea. If your kitten and cats take to each other, you may notice some paw interaction at this point.
  • Supervision: This is where you let your kitten meet the residential cats one on one, and it should be done under strict supervision. Place the kitten in a carrier before you let the cat in. If you notice any signs of fear or hostility immediately separate them, and go back to the first step. You can try introducing them face to face again, in a day or two. Ideally, you should not let your kitten to freely mingle with the other cats until it is at least 16 weeks old. It may take anywhere between two and three weeks before the residential cats and new kitten grow comfortable with each other.

Don’t forget to give both your residential cats and kitten a lot of affection and love, as they may get insecure due to the sudden change.


Watch Kitten Frozen In Ice Make Amazing Recovery

Sometimes there is a story that sounds so unreal, you need to see it to believe it. This is one of those times.

When the Bingham family went outside their Utah cabin on that chilly Thanksgiving morning, they discovered something that made their hearts sink – a tiny, white kitten frozen in the snow.


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Not wanting to accept what they were seeing, the Binghams decided to fight the odds and try to resuscitate the lifeless kitten. They brought the cat into their home, sat him by the fire and began to perform CPR on him.


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And what happened next, nobody could have predicted.

He came back!

After being coddled and warmed up, the family settled on a name for their new family member – Lazarus.


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For those who don’t know, Lazarus is a biblical figure whom Jesus resurrected after being dead for 2 days. A pretty apt name for their miraculous, death-defying kitty, if you asked me.

Since then, Lazarus has seen the vet and been deemed healthy and ready to begin his life as a normal, unfrozen cat in a new home.


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This story may seem like a miracle, but saving a life is not always so difficult. If you want to be someone’s savior, simply visit your local animal shelter.

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How To Pick The Perfect Pet Name

Bringing a pet home for the first time is one of life’s greatest joys. To prepare for your new pal’s arrival, you’ll need to select food, toys, a veterinarian, household supplies, and oh yes, a name! The sooner you begin using your buddy’s new name, the sooner they’ll learn it and start feeling right at home. So how does one come up with a good pet name? Check out these useful tips.

General Tips For Choosing A Pet Name

When it comes time to choose a pet name, consider these basic guidelines:

  • Pick a name that your pet will easily understand. One or two syllable names tend to be the best.
  • Avoid names that sound similar to command words. The name “Bo” might be too close to “No,” for example.
  • Avoid names that sound like the names of other people or animals living in the house. Is your son named Jack? Don’t name your dog Max.
  • Don’t change the name of a shelter pet or pre-owned pet. Trying to a force a new name on your pal may confuse them and make them feel anxious.

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How To Come Up With A Pet Name

Ready to start brainstorming names? Need a little inspiration? Here are some ideas:

Pull From Pop Culture
Are you a movie buff? TV fanatic? Music enthusiast? Bona fide bookworm? Why not take inspiration from your favorite form of entertainment? If you’re a David Bowie fan, you could name your furball Ziggy. Do you love the Star Wars movies? How about the names Obi, Yoda, or Leia? The possibilities are endless when you look to what you love.

Answer The Call Of Nature
Nature is filled with loads of lovely names for pets. If you have a fluffy Chow Chow dog, you could name them Bear! Or how about a gray kitten named Pigeon? There are plenty of great flower and plant names, too. We like Aster, Quince, Fig, and Tulip.

Explore Other Cultures
Consider your breed’s heritage when choosing a name. Do you have a German Shepherd or German Pinscher? Check out some German human names, such as Wendel or Bamey. Bringing home a Persian cat? Look up Persian names like Gita, Ebi, and Lila.

Pick From The Most Popular
Looking for a name that is a guaranteed winner? These are the top dog and cat names of 2013 according to

Top 5 Female Puppy Names:
1. Bella
2. Daisy
3. Lucy
4. Molly
5. Sadie

Top 5 Male Puppy Names:
1. Max
2. Buddy
3. Charlie
4. Rocky
5. Cooper

RELATED STORY: The Most Popular Dog Breeds

Top 5 Female Kitten Names:
1. Bella
2. Lucy
3. Kitty
4. Luna
5. Chloe

Top 5 Male Kitten Names:
1. Oliver
2. Max
3. Tiger
4. Charlie
5. Simba

RELATED STORY: The Top Cat Breeds In The U.S.

Once you choose a name for your pet, start using it right away, but only when you want to get your pet’s attention. If you use it too often at first — for example, in conversations with your significant other – your pet may simply think it’s just another common word.

When you do use your pet’s name, offer them praise, attention, and treats when they look at you. Eventually, your pet will recognize their name and you can stop rewarding every acknowledgement.

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A Tale of Two Kitties — Why You Should Go to Your Annual Vet Visit

Despite the heaps of evidence proving why one should always attend their annual vet visit, many pet parents opt out, seeing them as a waste of time and money. To help reiterate the importance of taking your pet to the vet once a year, we are proud to present…



Milo is an eight-week-old tabby that was recently adopted. His new parents, Roger and Amy, made the responsible choice to take their new kitten to the vet right away to get vaccinated and neutered. They looked online for vet reviews, found a well rated, inexpensive clinic in the area, and made an appointment for later in the week.

Way to go, team!

Money Spent: $25


Nala is a seven-week-old domestic shorthair that was adopted by Shelly, a girl who just moved out of her parents’ house. Shelly decided to get a kitten to keep her company in her new apartment. She was going to make an appointment with a vet, but her new job starts on Monday, and she just didn’t have the time.

Oh, Shelly…

Money Spent: $25


Thursday is here, and it is time for Milo’s first trip to the vet. Here he has his blood tested, temperature taken, teeth checked, and vaccinations administered, running Roger and Amy a total of $130. After the appointment, Roger and Amy set up another appointment for Milo to be neutered.

Good job, gang!

Money Spent: $155


Thursday rolls around for Shelly. Little did she know that once work started up, her free time was quickly filled up with assignments and deadlines. Nala still has not been to the vet, but she seems healthy enough. She’ll just take her to the vet if something seems wrong…

Come on, Shelly!

Money Spent: $25


10 months later, it is time for Milo’s first birthday! Having already formed a great relationship with their local vet, Roger and Amy receive a letter in the mail reminding them that it is time to schedule Milo’s 1 year checkup. They promptly respond, and then blow out the candles on Milo’s tuna cake.

Nice touch, guys!

Money Spent: $155


A year passes and Nala still has not been to the vet. At this point she is a fully grown female cat, and is now officially in heat. Male cats are yowling outside Shelly’s window and Nala has been spraying around the house. Also, Nala has been very low energy and has been coughing

Looks like it is finally time to head to the vet, Shelly.

Money Spent: $25


Milo goes in for his first annual checkup! Roger and Amy tell their vet that Milo has been doing great. She checks Milo’s vitals and confirms Milo’s perfect bill of health, gives him his booster shots, and Roger and Amy are out the door in record time, and with the peace of mind provided by the vet. Well worth the $50.

Way to be, Roger and Amy!

Money Spent: $205


Shelly rushes Nala over to the emergency room where they wait for an hour and a half to see the vet because they did not make an appointment. After the vet runs a series of tests on Nala, he tells Shelly that Nala has Feline Calicivirus, and will likely be prone upper respiratory infections for the rest of her life. Also, Nala has a tooth extracted — a form of treatment for the condition.

Sadly, Nala’s condition is not curable — and while it is not directly life threatening, it could have been avoided with a simple vaccination. The visit to the ER, along with the antibiotic for Nala’s URI and the tooth extraction, run shelly just over $400. And with Nala’s condition, this is likely just the first of many trips to have a respiratory infection treated.

See, Shelly?

Money Spent: $430


And that, in a nutshell, outlines the importance of maintaining proper pet health care. Pets, just like people, are a finely tuned machine. But even the best machine needs a check under the hood every once in a while. So, if you haven’t scheduled your pet for their annual yet, why not make that call now?

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