Ah, the classic mirror routine. We’ve seen it from the likes of Charlie Chaplin, the Marx brothers, Bette Midler, and even Bugs Bunny. But the two kitties in the video above have their own version of the famous comedy bit!
That’s right, the video above actually shows two cats, not just one kitty playing in a mirror. How long did it take you to figure it out? It took a few double-takes for us to realize that the mirror is, in fact, a copycat! Share the video with someone who could use a laugh today.
Maybe this funny video has you wondering if your resident kitty would like a friend to play mirror games with like the cats in the video above. Before you adopt a new feline friend, take some steps to make the introduction as positive as possible.
Introducing A New Cat To Your Resident Feline(Picture Credit: Jay Mambo / EyeEm/Getty Images)
If you’re a cat lover, one kitty may never be enough, especially when so many felines in shelters go without loving homes.
Despite your worst fears, the two cats will most likely become friends and learn to co-exist. However, there are some steps you can take to help make the transition a peaceful one.
- Prepare for some disagreements. Cats can be territorial and squabble, and it’s normal. Show both cats lots of affection, reward positive interactions with treats, and contact your vet or a behaviorist if concerning behavior increases or doesn’t fade with time.
- For the first week, contain the new cat to their own safe room. Keep their food, water, bed, and toys with them. Make sure to visit and check in on them regularly.
- Get the cats used to each other’s scents. Rub a cloth on each cat, and let the other sniff it. You can also try exchanging their beds or blankets.
- In the next week, have the cats trade spaces. Let the new cat have a chance to explore the rest of the home.
- In week three, allow the cats to see each other through a gate or mesh barrier. Do this a few times a day for 15 minutes at a time.
- During week four, have someone hold one of the cats while you hold the other a few feet away. If this goes well, place the cats’ food bowls a few feet away from each other, and let them eat in the same room.
- At week five, if the cats seem like they’re getting along, let them meet face to face. Make sure the cats both have “escape routes” if they feel uncomfortable, and hold a towel to put in between them if fights start.
- Finally, use toys and treats to get the cats together. Once they’re comfortable, you can try placing their food or water bowls near each other.
You can find a more complete guide to cat-cat introductions here!
Were you fooled by the copycat in the video? Do your kitties ever play games like these cats do? Let us know in the comments below!