This is one of those posts, dear readers, where I try to be clever, with a topic that applies to more than one situation.
As a group therapist, I have some wisdom about effective ways to introduce new members into established groups. As a cat owner, I am now dealing with the experience of introducing a new cat into a household that includes one other cat.
So let’s see how I do, today, being clever (I wish) and helpful (I hope).
Here we go ….
Ann’s Helpful Tips for
Introducing a New Cat/Group Member
into an Established Household/Group
Phew! Even the title was exhausting. Nevertheless, let’s continue ….
Tip #1. Be respectful of the differences in each member’s/cat’s experience of the situation.
A group member/cat who is familiar with the group/household is going to be more comfortable. A new member/cat is going to be less comfortable and (we might assume) more anxious in the group/household.
Therefore, it is helpful to skillfully leave room for each member/cat — new and old — to be where he/she/it needs to be.
I don’t know, readers. This post might be too ambitious/complicated. What do you think?
Maybe I should quit while I’m ahead.
The best I can do, right now, is to provide an image that, somehow, helpfully illustrates something in this blog post.
I hope this works (fingers crossed):
Thanks to new (and established) cats and group members, everywhere. And special thanks to you, for visiting today.