Nathan and Winnie’s First Day

Nathan and Winnie’s First Day

We didn’t plan on getting another kitten, however we both knew that if we did, it would definitely be another rescue. It was in late July that we decided to take Nath on a road trip up to the beach she grew up on – Elliott Heads, near Bundaberg. While up there, we decided to drop in to the Bundaberg RSPCA and take Nath along to show everyone how she’d grown over the past year. Obviously while there we had no choice but to play with the kittens currently being cared for.

Nathan and Winnie - the two beach cats hanging out on a tree

There were about 15 little kittens being housed at the time, and we made sure to play with all of them. It was here that we met a little black ball of fluff, confident and very vocal – pawing through the cage door as we walked past, calling out if we stopped giving her attention, and purring the minute she was picked up….. We spent time with all the kittens, and cats for that matter, but kept getting pulled back to this one little black female… it was Winnie…

Nathan meets Winnie for the first time

Just before leaving we carried Nathan around the outside of the kittens’ cages for one last look. We held Nath up to the cage door to see how she would react to a little kitten. None of the kittens would come anywhere near Nath, and she hissed and growled at all of them anyway – with exception of one – Winnie. We held Nathan up to the cage door and the moment we did, Winnie leapt to her feet and ran over to her. They stared at each other for a moment, no hissing or aggression, both cats looked comfortable. Winnie came over closer and Nathan reached her little head over and they touched noses through the cage – in our minds, Nathan chose Winnie at that moment and our decision was made.

The Introduction Process

We were terrified that bringing another kitten into the family would change our little Nathan’s personality, and after a long night spent on Google and a morning discussion with the RSPCA, we decided Nathan had surprised us at every step since we got her and saving another little girl was worth the risk. After a morning with Nathan at the beach, swimming and doing all the things she loves, we headed to the RSPCA to pick up the newest member of our little family and start the 6 hour drive back to the Gold Coast. It was an exciting time but also quite daunting. We weren’t sure what to expect, and the best way to introduce Nathan and Winnie to each other – bearing in mind Nathan has never been around another cat since we adopted her.

We received a lot of advice from the RSPCA and there is also a lot of information on the internet on the best way to introduce a new kitten to ensure they end up as besties and not enemies. This includes separating them initially, exchanging scents and gradually introducing them face-to-face. We were ready for a potentially lengthy process that can take up to a few weeks for your cats to be comfortable with each other.

The ride home and first night together

Needless to say, Nath hadn’t read any of this information, and moves to the beat of her own drum. The first interaction the girls had was when Winnie was in a travel box in the car on the way home. Winnie was calling out and vocalising (as she still does), and Nathan was curious trying to see where in the world these little noises were coming from. At this stage however, she was far from pleasant, she hissed multiple times (despite not actually being able to see Winnie). She then slumped down on Mel’s lap sulking for the entire drive home – she was not impressed we had brought a little invader into her life.

Once home it was already late at night, so we kept them separated – Winnie was in the large bathroom with the door closed except for a tiny crack, and Nath roaming around the main house. We took a piece of cloth from Nathan’s bed and placed in the bathroom with Winnie and did the same with a piece of cloth from Winnie’s bed to try and get them used to each other’s scent. Nathan was not happy and even hissed at the cloth. Winnie continued her vocalisations and Nathan did intermittent rounds to assess the situation – this generally also resulted in them nose to nose through the small crack in the door and Nathan hissing. Nath set up camp for the night just outside the bathroom to ensure little Winnie wasn’t going to escape unnoticed.

Nathan the Beach Cat and Houdini Winnie

The following morning, we were a little concerned as to whether Nathan was going to adapt to Winnie, but apart from the sporadic hiss, Nath seemed to be getting used to her presence – so far, so good! The next step was to let them meet face to face – we did this through the use of a baby gate. No one told Houdini Winnie the rules of the encounter however, and as cheeky as she is she escaped within minutes and took off running straight past Nathan and into the lounge room. Nath was a bit shocked but quickly took off after her with us following close behind unsure what Nath was going to do. Winnie stopped in the lounge room with her tail high, looking as comfortable as ever and started playing with Nathan’s toys. Nath just stood there watching her. Every time Winnie took off running Nath was quick to follow, staying within a metre of Winnie at all times, but never showed any aggression. We kept very close just in case Nathan got aggressive, but with them both being so chilled we decided to let it go and see how it plays out. It was the best thing we did!!

Throughout the day Nathan and Winnie became more and more curious of each other, and began sniffing each other. This turned very quickly into playing and after a few days they became inseparable. Winnie absolutely adores Nathan and does not leave her alone for a minute. Even now, every time she sees Nath she lets out the cutest “meow” and goes straight in for the face rub. They nap together during the day, play-fight continually and even share each other’s food – yes that’s right despite there being two food dishes full of food they both share the same dish. Nath grooms Winnie like her own baby – it’s the cutest!!

We have been told that this is not the normal process for introducing cats, and we consider ourselves extremely lucky to have had such an easy process. I think we just somehow got a hold of the two most chilled kitties around. But I guess with Winnie under the influence of our little Nathan, what else could we expect?

Useful tips for introducing a new cat to your family

Here are a couple of helpful links that we read prior to introducing Winnie and Nathan:
How to introduce two cats
Introducing Cats post

Let us know how you went introducing your new cat/kitten to your resident cat.

Much love,

Nathan, Winnie and family

We didn’t plan on getting another kitten, however we both knew that if we did, it would definitely be another rescue. It was in late July that we decided to take Nath on a road trip up to the beach she grew up on – Elliott Heads, near Bundaberg. While up there, we decided to drop in to the Bundaberg RSPCA and take Nath along to show everyone how she’d grown over the past year. Obviously while there we had no choice but to play with the kittens currently being cared for.

Nathan and Winnie - the two beach cats hanging out on a tree

There were about 15 little kittens being housed at the time, and we made sure to play with all of them. It was here that we met a little black ball of fluff, confident and very vocal – pawing through the cage door as we walked past, calling out if we stopped giving her attention, and purring the minute she was picked up….. We spent time with all the kittens, and cats for that matter, but kept getting pulled back to this one little black female… it was Winnie…

Nathan meets Winnie for the first time

Just before leaving we carried Nathan around the outside of the kittens’ cages for one last look. We held Nath up to the cage door to see how she would react to a little kitten. None of the kittens would come anywhere near Nath, and she hissed and growled at all of them anyway – with exception of one – Winnie. We held Nathan up to the cage door and the moment we did, Winnie leapt to her feet and ran over to her. They stared at each other for a moment, no hissing or aggression, both cats looked comfortable. Winnie came over closer and Nathan reached her little head over and they touched noses through the cage – in our minds, Nathan chose Winnie at that moment and our decision was made.

The Introduction Process

We were terrified that bringing another kitten into the family would change our little Nathan’s personality, and after a long night spent on Google and a morning discussion with the RSPCA, we decided Nathan had surprised us at every step since we got her and saving another little girl was worth the risk. After a morning with Nathan at the beach, swimming and doing all the things she loves, we headed to the RSPCA to pick up the newest member of our little family and start the 6 hour drive back to the Gold Coast. It was an exciting time but also quite daunting. We weren’t sure what to expect, and the best way to introduce Nathan and Winnie to each other – bearing in mind Nathan has never been around another cat since we adopted her.

We received a lot of advice from the RSPCA and there is also a lot of information on the internet on the best way to introduce a new kitten to ensure they end up as besties and not enemies. This includes separating them initially, exchanging scents and gradually introducing them face-to-face. We were ready for a potentially lengthy process that can take up to a few weeks for your cats to be comfortable with each other.

The ride home and first night together

Needless to say, Nath hadn’t read any of this information, and moves to the beat of her own drum. The first interaction the girls had was when Winnie was in a travel box in the car on the way home. Winnie was calling out and vocalising (as she still does), and Nathan was curious trying to see where in the world these little noises were coming from. At this stage however, she was far from pleasant, she hissed multiple times (despite not actually being able to see Winnie). She then slumped down on Mel’s lap sulking for the entire drive home – she was not impressed we had brought a little invader into her life.

Once home it was already late at night, so we kept them separated – Winnie was in the large bathroom with the door closed except for a tiny crack, and Nath roaming around the main house. We took a piece of cloth from Nathan’s bed and placed in the bathroom with Winnie and did the same with a piece of cloth from Winnie’s bed to try and get them used to each other’s scent. Nathan was not happy and even hissed at the cloth. Winnie continued her vocalisations and Nathan did intermittent rounds to assess the situation – this generally also resulted in them nose to nose through the small crack in the door and Nathan hissing. Nath set up camp for the night just outside the bathroom to ensure little Winnie wasn’t going to escape unnoticed.

Nathan the Beach Cat and Houdini Winnie

The following morning, we were a little concerned as to whether Nathan was going to adapt to Winnie, but apart from the sporadic hiss, Nath seemed to be getting used to her presence – so far, so good! The next step was to let them meet face to face – we did this through the use of a baby gate. No one told Houdini Winnie the rules of the encounter however, and as cheeky as she is she escaped within minutes and took off running straight past Nathan and into the lounge room. Nath was a bit shocked but quickly took off after her with us following close behind unsure what Nath was going to do. Winnie stopped in the lounge room with her tail high, looking as comfortable as ever and started playing with Nathan’s toys. Nath just stood there watching her. Every time Winnie took off running Nath was quick to follow, staying within a metre of Winnie at all times, but never showed any aggression. We kept very close just in case Nathan got aggressive, but with them both being so chilled we decided to let it go and see how it plays out. It was the best thing we did!!

Throughout the day Nathan and Winnie became more and more curious of each other, and began sniffing each other. This turned very quickly into playing and after a few days they became inseparable. Winnie absolutely adores Nathan and does not leave her alone for a minute. Even now, every time she sees Nath she lets out the cutest “meow” and goes straight in for the face rub. They nap together during the day, play-fight continually and even share each other’s food – yes that’s right despite there being two food dishes full of food they both share the same dish. Nath grooms Winnie like her own baby – it’s the cutest!!

We have been told that this is not the normal process for introducing cats, and we consider ourselves extremely lucky to have had such an easy process. I think we just somehow got a hold of the two most chilled kitties around. But I guess with Winnie under the influence of our little Nathan, what else could we expect?

Useful tips for introducing a new cat to your family

Here are a couple of helpful links that we read prior to introducing Winnie and Nathan:
How to introduce two cats
Introducing Cats post

Let us know how you went introducing your new cat/kitten to your resident cat.

Much love,

Nathan, Winnie and family

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15 thoughts on “Nathan and Winnie’s First Day”

  1. This story absolutely warms my heart. Thank you for sharing and thank you for taking care of them. They are lucky to have you two.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing Nathan and Winnie’s first meeting. And for sharing all the pictures and videos on Instagram and FB. Sometimes things just align right for whatever reason. As you said, you weren’t looking to adopt another kitten. That is often when things just “happen”!

  3. I’m sure you’ve heard this a thousand times, but as the owner of two black cats myself (Slater and Luna), I want to say thank you for all you’ve done to further the cause of breaking down stereotypes and negative ideas about black cats! They really are the best.. and the more people who come to realize this through Nath and Winnie, the better!! What amazing ambassadors ! Thank you thank you!
    Lisa (indiecat)

  4. Love your insta posts about Nathan and Winnie! Just bought a calendar for a Xmas present for my wife, We have a new kitten and I would love to hear more about how you introduced her to the beach , water and walking on a lead? Cheers Dean

    1. Nathan The Beach Cat

      Thank you so much for your support! We will keep those topics in mind when we do our next blog posts. Hope all is well with the new kitten x

  5. Loving the post! They’re so cute together 😍 we also had to ‘introduce’ an adult male cat to an adult female cat at home. He was rescued, skinny, no fur (had to be treated for skin disease), meowed like crazy, in short our cat Litchee was terrified. But this new cat was (and is) very friendly (later on named ‘Chummy’), he kept approaching her wanting to be her friend. In short he insisted himself on her.

    We didn’t use the same method as Nath and Winnie did, we just chucked him in. Probably not the best idea. After two weeks of hissing Litchee finally gave up and warmed up to him. Once there’s a noise from downstair (we kept the windows open), Litchee was nervous, so Chummy gave her a kiss and went downstair to check. That’s too cute! He was protecting her 😍

    Up until now, they groom each other, play together. Chummy likes to be with Litchee, it’s like he’s accompanying her when she felt scared or… just napping together. We can also tell that Litchee appreciates a friend in the house. Ahh these cats are a bless to us all 😊

  6. Jennifer Marquardt

    9-year-old Squeaker did not like 7-week-old Isis. (I found Isis on the way to work one day.) Squeaker would hiss and growl and insult her mother, but never tried to hurt her. Isis wanted to be friends but Squeak would have none of it. 🙁

    Fast-forward 4 months. I took poor friend-less Isis to meet the new 8-week-old kitten rescued at my work. Again, Isis wanted to be friends but Millie did not. When we got home and Squeaker found out what Millie had said to Isis she started being nice to her. Squeaker can be mean to Isis, but no one else can be mean to Isis.

    So now here we are 7 years later. Isis is no longer a crying, yowling kitten and Squeaker has learned to deal with another cat in the house. (Plus two more.) They aren’t best buds, but they seem to like each other.

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