With their big eyes, fluffy coats and playful personalities, kittens can be some of the most appealing pets and a new cat will often make a wonderful addition to the household.

However, these bundles of fur may look cute, but young cats can be mischievous and need plenty of care and attention, so it pays to be prepared when taking on a new four-legged friend.

And alongside stocking up on dry cat food, booking vaccinations and setting up a litter tray, when planning for a kitten you will also need to think carefully about how existing members of the household, including other cats, will respond to the new arrival.

Sarah Linehan of The Pet Experience recommends that if you already have a male cat in the house, to choose a female for a second moggie in order to avoid tension between the two felines

"First of all be aware that male cats who are already established in a household are likely to be very territorial and will probably not get on with another male cat coming to the house, even if it is a kitten," she says.

"Most cats will very quickly decide whether they want to be friends or whether they are simply going to tolerate each other's existence. Fighting is actually quite rare unless two territorial males are put together."

Since sense of smell is very important for cats, it's a good idea to introduce your older to cat to the kitten's scent first by letting your moggie wander around the room the kitten has slept in or by swapping blankets and bedding between cats.

When the two cats meet each other make sure they are supervised and that you correct any aggression or hissing. If the pair don't seem to accept each other immediately then carry out the introduction process several times to allow your pets to get used to each other's company, and before long you should find that they build a happy, harmonious relationship.

Written by: Hannah