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This is my first time posting on this forum. I am posting tonight because I am in need of some advice. We recently got a new male kitten (10wks) and we have been slowly introducing him to our two older kitties (one male, one female). We made sure to give the kitten its own room that wasn't prime territory of our older cats. We have put the food bowls by the door so they smell each other. We have used a baby gate to let them all see each other. And, just today, we allowed our older cats into the room while the kitten was in his carrier. They seem to be pretty accepting and curious, but has only been five days so far. In a day and a half we move to a new apartment in a new city. So my question is this: should we keep our older cats and the new kitten separate in the new apartment for a while so our older kitties can claim their territory and adjust before we try cohabitation, or should we put them all in together so that they can sort out territory and cohabitation from the get go? I have been following all the advice regarding introduction so far, but this is one area where the internet seems to have scant info. Please let me know what you think.

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Building a good relationship takes time. Introduce them slowly and give them space to get away from each other. You can also try bringing a friend's cat or something to live with you for a few days and see how your cat reacts.
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Good Evening,

This is my first time posting on this forum. I am posting tonight because I am in need of some advice. We recently got a new male kitten (10wks) and we have been slowly introducing him to our two older kitties (one male, one female). We made sure to give the kitten its own room that wasn't prime territory of our older cats. We have put the food bowls by the door so they smell each other. We have used a baby gate to let them all see each other. And, just today, we allowed our older cats into the room while the kitten was in his carrier. They seem to be pretty accepting and curious, but has only been five days so far. In a day and a half we move to a new apartment in a new city. So my question is this: should we keep our older cats and the new kitten separate in the new apartment for a while so our older kitties can claim their territory and adjust before we try cohabitation, or should we put them all in together so that they can sort out territory and cohabitation from the get go? I have been following all the advice regarding introduction so far, but this is one area where the internet seems to have scant info. Please let me know what you think.

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Hi welcome aboard ! And congratulations on the new addition. Any pix ?
I think you're well aware of the importance of strategic, systematic and gradual introduction between cats. You know their personalities well and are doing great job. After sometimes, they will just melt into each other so it will be hard for you to separate them.
Sure, after you all move to a new apartment, you still need to help them adjust to the new place. Making adjustment is not easy for cats, I should even say 'stressful', I believe Felliway Plug ins can help reduce stress for its calming effect.
As for the scent info, here is a link to a good article, hope you'll find it helpful :

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Hi & welcome!

You need to be patient. That's "the secret"

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I would put everybody into the pool! I'm not an expert or anything but it seems to me to allow them to eek out their own territory seems smartest.
 
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When we first got our kittens, we had just moved into a new house. Neutral territory so I just put everyone out together, letting them claim what they wanted. I did however, give the cats their own room with a baby gate (set at about 4 inches off the ground) so they could get away from the dog if they needed.
I think if your older cats are so far accepting the kitten, you should be alright. If you notice any issues, then separate them for a bit, then try again.
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