MAR banner2

The best introduction is a slow one. A lot of it will be guided by their reactions but the general rule of thumb is as follows:

  • Start with your existing cat in your home as normal, and give the new addition his/her own room away from your cat. Swap their bedding around so they get used to one another’s scent. Be sure to give your cat as much attention as she normally has - throughout the entire introduction process, never let her get less attention than she is used to already!
  • After a day, leave the door to newbie's room ajar by about 1cm. This way they can just see each other and can get used to each other’s smell.
  • After a day or two, open the door to be about 2 inches open – just enough that neither can squeeze through, but get a paw through. They can get lots of hissing and swiping out of the way during this process and really suss each other out.
  • Once they are calmer about these interactions through the door you can start supervised interactions - not for too long at first unless it goes REALLY well. Don't stress about hissing/swiping etc., they need to sort things out themselves and establish who is boss.
  • As things get better you can increase time together til you're at a point you don't need to be watching them all the time. Until you are really confident things aren't going to escalate to a full cat fight, don't leave them together when no one is home, but generally it takes between 7 and 10 days for things to be pretty comfortable!



Browsing Menu

About MAR
About Melbourne Animal Rescue Inc. (MAR)
Mission Statement
Cats and Kittens for Adoption
Tilly - Cat for Adoption
Cat Adoption Application
Cat Adoption Policy & Process
Dogs and Puppies for Adoption
Chai - Dog For Adoption
Harley and Marlowe - Dogs for Adoption
Dog Adoption Application
Dog Adoption Policy & Process
Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet: Cat Care
Fact Sheet: Kitten proofing your home
Fact Sheet: Introducing a new cat to your home
Fact Sheet: Indoor Cat vs. Outdoor Cat
Some Estimated Cost Outlays on Rescue
Foster Care
Dog - Foster Application Form
Cat - Foster Application Form
FAQs for Foster Carers
Foster Carer Profiles
Foster Carer - Treaisa R
Foster Carers - Laura & Sue B
Foster Carer - Samantha E
Foster Carer - Anne L
Events, Fundraisers & News
events-calendarEvents Calendar
Facebook Fundraising/Auction Page
Goodwill Wines Fundraiser
Christmas Tree Fundraiser - 2015
News Items
Donation from Zoetis
Book - Unconditional Love
Important Microchip Information
Monash University
Funnies and Facts
Subscribe to Newsletter
Importance of attending Pounds in person
News Items - External Links
Pregnant? Don't Give up your Cats.
Babies and Dogs
Search for Pet Friendly Accommodation
Dogs on Trial (Victoria)
Pawfect Endings
Freddie Purrcury
Rupert by Tegan
Pawfect Endings Form
The Journey So Far
All Our Adopted Dogs
All Our Adopted Cats
Punky and Maltesers
Emergency Contacts
Contact Us
Surrendering an Animal
Process for Surrendering an Animal
Surrender Form
Our Business Supporters

Cat Adoption Process

  1. Application Form (Cat Adoption Application) completed via our website, including any questions you have
  2. Melbourne Animal Rescue reviews and contacts applicants within approx 3 days
  3. Meet and Greet with the cat/kitten in it's foster home is arranged at a convenient time for both the foster carer and potential adopter
    Adoption Agreement is signed, Change of Ownership form is completed, and Adoption Fee is paid in cash (unless pick up is occurring another day, then a direct deposit can be arranged). This usually happens at the same time as the Meet and Greet if the potential adopter wishes, though this is dependent on how the Meet and Greet goes.
  4. A cat carrier is required to ensure cats/kittens get to their new home safely.
  5. Adoption Pack is mailed after the 14 day trial period


Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required


MAR on FacebookMAR on Twitter MAR on YouTube