6 Tips to Introduce Your Cat to Another Cat Outside

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

Wouldn’t be nice to meet other adventure cats outside? Of course! The best part about cat adventuring is to meet other felines who share a similar interest. However, cats are cautious when it comes to new fur friends, and not all of them enjoy the presence of others cats.

As cat owners, there are certainly things we could do to help our cats have a better experience during their meet ups with other adventure cats.

Archer twinning with Gibson (@thegibsonchronicles)

Since my cat, Archer, and I started our adventures, we have had the opportunity to meet several other fellow adventure cats and their owners! It was very exciting to be able to connect with like-minded people.

Here are some tips that could help you when you meet other adventure cats and their humans!

Tip #1: Understand the cats’ personalities

Before you arrange a meeting session with another adventure cat, try to connect with the other cat owner to understand each cat’s personality. Some cats may be more territorial, while others could be more welcoming of new friends.

Find out each cat’s tolerance and share the details with each other to avoid situations where it could make the cats feel uncomfortable.

  • How does your cat react to other cats or strangers?

  • What makes your cat anxious when he/she is outside adventuring?

  • How do you comfort your cat if he/she is in fear or stress?

Archer's first time meeting Teddy (@theoretically.teddy)

Tip #2 Keep distance between the cats, and observe their body language

Since it would be the cats’ first time meeting each other, try to keep a distance between the two felines in the beginning. Meanwhile, observe their body languages to discover any signs of fear, anxiety, or annoyance.

Our goal is to ensure both cats are comfortable with their surroundings, and not overly stressed due to the situation.

If you notice your cat’s back is arched with a fluffy tail, that’s an indication that they are scared or nervous. In addition, if your cat begins to hiss at the other cat, that means they are not happy at the moment and feels threatened by their surroundings.

Therefore, the distance between the cats could avoid a cat’s natural instinct of swatting or swiping at each other, which could result in harmful consequences.

Tip #3: Stay close to your cat and take precautionary actions

As your presence will make your cat feel more comfortable, always stay close to them in the presence of the new cats outside. During the first encounter, act as a barrier between your cat to ensure they are comfortable with the new subject in front.

Give gentle pets with words of encouragement to your cat while you are beside them to reinstate confidence and reassurance. In addition, always ensure you hold the leash tight in your hands to prevent your cat from dashing or pulling the leash.

If you sense your cat is feeling anxious or annoyed at the moment, inform others to not approach further, but rather wait until your cat feels composed and calm.

Archer hanging out with Django (@djangoandgeppetto)

Tip #4: Foster natural interaction and avoid forced engagement

One of the most important things about introducing your cat to new cats is to foster a natural interaction by providing them with plenty of time to get comfortable.

DO NOT physically force your cat to be at a close proximity as another cat, as this may cause distress or anger. Let your cat naturally initiate the interaction on their own.

The last thing we want during the first encounter is ending up with an aggressive and angry cat who will swipe and hiss at anyone or anything that comes their way!

Therefore, stay patient throughout the process, and your cat may warm up to their new surroundings.

Tip #5: Provide positive encouragement

In general, treats can make anything better!!

Bring lots of treats when you are preparing your cat to meet another adventure cat; remember to provide positive encouragement to guide your cat to the behaviour you hope they would demonstrate.

If your cat is feeling reluctant to approach another cat, speak in a soft tone of voice and encourage your cat to slowly approach closer with treats. Take your time while your cat is adjusting to the new environment.

Archer and Percy meeting at Lake Ontario (@purrseal)

Tip #6: Select a comfortable environment for the first encounter

As a foundation of the meetup, choose a setting that both cats would feel comfortable to be in. Usually, locations that are quiet with sufficient space would be helpful, since they could initially keep a distance from one another if they wish to do so.

Try to keep the environment simple with less distractions so that your cat is feeling at ease without extra fear or anxiety.

In addition, avoid places that have substantial number of unfamiliar sounds or fearful things, such as, cars, dogs, or bicycles, to ensure your cat feels confident with the new introduction.

Final Thoughts

It is important to keep in mind that not all cats will welcome new friends. As a result, it is natural and normal if your cat does not enjoy the presence of another cat or person.

Remember to be patient with your cat’s reaction, and DO NOT force your cat into an uncomfortable meeting, but rather let them warm up to the situation.

I’m sure, as a cat owner, you will have as much fun meeting another cat owner who shares the same interest and passion of cat adventuring!

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