How to introduce a new cat

How to introduce a new cat

I don't post on this site very often, but my family has a bit of a problem. We adopted a cat from a friend (they were going to make him an outdoor cat, but he's declawed...That just isn't right!), and have realized after a couple days that he may NEVER get along with or other cat! How long does

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    Marti Jean
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    Default How to introduce a new cat


    I don't post on this site very often, but my family has a bit of a problem.
    We adopted a cat from a friend (they were going to make him an outdoor cat,
    but he's declawed...That just isn't right!), and have realized after a
    couple days that he may NEVER get along with or other cat! How long does
    this process take?? We're sick of waking up in the middle of the night to a
    hissing, growling, spitting match in the hall! Our dd won't even pet Romeo
    anymore because she's scared of him now, and heaven forbid she shows the
    other cat (Monte, short for Montegue-Juliet's last name) attention! They
    each have their own litter box and bowls, Monte has a place to hide that
    Romeo won't go in to...I know this is a bit off topic, but HELP! DH didn't
    want Monte in the first place (warming up a bit because Monte "hugs" when he
    s picked up) and gives it "till Thursday...

    Marti Jean, Mom of a 6 year old, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a 30 year old "man child"!

    [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


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    magwrit1
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    Default Re: How to introduce a new cat


    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Marti Jean" <marti@s...> wrote:
    <<We adopted a cat from a friend (they were going to make him an
    outdoor cat, but he's declawed...That just isn't right!), and have
    realized after a couple days that he may NEVER get along with or
    other cat! How long does this process take??>>

    The two cats will recognize, in time, that each has his/her own turf
    to retreat to. Your message was somewhat confusing, however. Romeo
    is your cat, and Monte is the newbie to the house? If that's the
    case, Romeo is feeling somewhat betrayed, which is understandable if
    he's never had to deal with sharing your affections before.

    <<We're sick of waking up in the middle of the night to a hissing,
    growling, spitting match in the hall! Our dd won't even pet Romeo
    anymore because she's scared of him now, and heaven forbid she shows
    the other cat (Monte, short for Montegue-Juliet's last name)
    attention! They each have their own litter box and bowls, Monte has
    a place to hide that Romeo won't go in to...I know this is a bit off
    topic, but HELP! DH didn't want Monte in the first place (warming up
    a bit because Monte "hugs" when he s picked up) and gives it "till
    Thursday...>>

    I hope your husband will give it more time than that. I'm reminded
    of a terrifying experience we had in our home when my sons decided
    they too wanted two cats. (As it happens, we have two different cats
    now--a brother and sister, but not because these two I'm discussing
    didn't get along.) The first cat, because cats are territorial,
    hissed and attacked the other one repeatedly, and I kept trying to
    save the smaller one. One of my sons took the two cats and locked
    them in a room together for a couple of hours. By the time he opened
    the door again, neither had been touched by the other, and they had
    become the best of friends. They were totally devoted to each other.
    As drastic as this sounds, if you can stand the suspense, I have to
    admit, I believe now that my son did the right thing and would
    strongly encourage you to do so.

    You might also, when you do this, take two bowls and, in each bowl,
    pour the juice in from a couple cans of tuna fish. (You can make
    tuna salad, of course. ) Give each cat a bowl s/he will
    recognize is for him/her. I'd consider even putting each bowl in
    that room with the cats so they both have the treat at the same time.

    Best of luck, and please, let me know, even though it's probably more
    appropriately done offlist.

    Warmly,
    Michelle
    Budget101 moderator and Ethnic Inexpensively columnist


 

 

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