Introducing your new sphynx to a house with pets:
* Always isolate your Adora kitten or new pet to one room for 14 days with litter box introduction as the first thing. Make sure they have warm bed, food , water etc. this gives kitten a chance to bond with you find their litter box and have everybody get used to “new animal in the house” smells. It introduces with less stress, lowers the likelihood of behavior issues, and promotes overall bonding and lessens the likely hood of kitten/or yor pets getting colds / Upper respiratory infections (URI) etc.
* After a few days of kitten new home adjustment- swap bedding / blankets from the kitten and your other animal. This allows them to smell each other and explore in a non-threatening way of being introduced.
* The first time you physically introduce them take your animal into the kitten who is kenneled in the “kitten” area -since your pet is now alpha they stay alpha and that way your acknowledging this position and not threatening
“civil unrest” by doing it in this order. (Dogs can actually be done this way too so you can limit behaviors /problems.)
* Once your current pet is OK with this ( kitten in the kennel method ) move the whole scenario out to current pets area with the kitten still kenneled. This will take can take several days and lots of pets/loves, reassurance and treats should take place for both animals with this so only the positives of the situation are reinforced.
* If it any point anybody shows aggression, the activity stops and moves back to perspective safe places. Don’t reward the bad behavior with a lot of reassurance just a quick your ok and move on- you don’t want to entice fights for human attention. Remember pets/ loves and treats when this is happening in a good way so they have only positive associations until any aggression happens, then separation. And I mean true aggression... there may be some hissing and back arching, this allows them to place a hierarchy, but I mean fights, separate to protect all, especially smaller kitten who is not used to aggression.
*Next you set the kitten free in the kitten area and allow your current pet to visit there. Don't have first free-roaming introductions in the alphas area. This area should be a safe haven area until they feel totally comfortable with your new addition, and the last place open supervised introductions occur. Again, follow the rules of safety and slow-progressing until everyone is comfortable with cohabitating.
* Doing this may seem like a lot but it sets you up for a lifetime of friends, animals that feel secure in their space and well-behaved animals that know ultimately your the big alpha / top cat who helps control and run your pack. If you do it this way you’ll likely have no behavior issues ever because you’ve laid out who is whom and you loved and supported the process for all.
* Please call me if you have questions or have issues with your new pet introduction. We are here to help. ️
Thanks so much! Leta with
Adorasphynx , LLc.
***This is advice is for educational purposes only and is not meant to supersede that of a licensed veterinarian or animal medical Specialist. Please always consult your veterinarian if you have questions or health concerns.