I have a Persian male who is approximately ten months old.
I’ll get two cat friends for him so he does not have to walk alone during the day.
Both are Persian cats, one is ten weeks old and the other is a three-year-old neutered.
What I wonder is if it is really appropriate to bring an adult male into my Atlas “territory”.
I really want this cat as it is suitable for show and is one of the nicest and coziest cats I have seen. Do you think there will be a lot of quarrels between them?
The adult cat is very calm and affectionate and the breeder says that he usually does well with most cats.
But the problem is precisely that my Atlas has not seen a single animal since he left the breeder at ten weeks of age.
I really want it to work with the new cats.
Would like tips that can facilitate the “merging”?
I think your cats will be fine. There will probably be some disagreement in the beginning between the adult cats and the little kitten, your Atlas will not accept it immediately neither.
The kitten has a defensive sound that can be compared to a very infantile beep that dampens the aggression of the adult cat.
If the adults start fighting, let them do it until one of them gives up.
Do not try to separate them in any way and be completely calm when this is going on even if it sounds awful when cats are at odds.
There is always more sound than damage and it is unbelievable how much sound it can come from an angry cat.
When one of the cats moves away in slow motion from the other, they have made up and made it clear to each other who decides and then there will be no more fights.
The dominant male cat can then sometimes rustle towards the other as a small reminder.
Now I have painted a terrible scenario for you. It is not at all certain that the cats will start fighting, but with two adult male cats, it can be a mess.
Let them be in different rooms to begin with so they can get used to each other’s scents from a distance. Even though Atlas has not seen a single animal since he was a little kitten, he remembers what a cat is.
Cats have a very good memory. Much of the cat’s behavior is in the genes and is therefore innate and much is learned.
How you succeed depends largely on what Atlas learned when he was a kitten with his mother and siblings.
Cats are not herd animals so if they are not together all the time when they have accepted each other but want to be by themselves sometimes it is completely normal.
But it can also be that you get to see how they eat together eventually.
Because they are so young, it can also be the case that all three want to sit on their laps at the same time. It can then be a bit crowded of course.
Not all cats want to sit on their laps, but in case…