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« on: July 27, 2009, 10:59:30 AM »

My neighbor is moving & can't have her cats I was thinking of taking one (perhaps on trial basis) and seeing what happens.I need to know how to as smoothly as possible introduce the new cat to my existing Main Coon Cat also what I need to know before I take new cat into home.Thank You ankc
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2009, 11:17:06 AM »

Hi ankc60,

It's so nice of you to want to take another kitty in and spare it from possibly going to a shelter. The first time I considered having more than one cat, I was pretty apprehensive, but really, it turned out to be more my concerns than the cats'.

Here are my suggestions no matter what age the cats are:

1. Make sure the new cat is spayed or neutered or will be soon after you get it (unless it's a kitten and still too young) and has been checked out by a vet for fleas, ear mites, etc.

2. Find a spare room for the new cat -- one where you can close the door and preferably one with a window. Set the room up with toys, bedding, food, water and a litterbox. Bring the cat in and close the door. Keep it company periodically throughout the day. Your current cat will be sniffing around the door and the new cat will be sniffing from the other side. Keep this arrangement for a few days and feed both cats on either side of the door so they associate each other with something they like -- food. You can also play with them from the space under the door -- like pull a string and have them play with it at the same time.

3. After a few days of this, if you can get your hands on a couple of baby gates, stack them in the doorway so they can see each other without being able to harm one another. Make sure they can't climb the gates and get to the other side. I have a special door my husband constructed with bars that allow interaction, but not fights.

4. Once they can interact on either side of the gate without hissing and swatting, swap places. Let the new cat out into the main living area and let your current cat into the new cat's room. Let them wander, sniff and explore. Switch them back when your current cat wants out of that room.

5. Once they seem at ease with each other, let the new one out and supervise them interacting. If one of them starts a fight, throw a blanket over them and put them in another room to cool off. Using Feliway diffusers or spray can help.

It really depends on the temperament of the cats. I have had as many as 5, none related to each other and they pretty much all got along. I know people with over 20 cats and they can all get used to each other. They may not all be best friends, but they can live together harmoniously even if they don't snuggle together.
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2009, 11:52:00 AM »

Hello ankc60,

I hope that Rusty will like company eventually.  He's only about 3 right?

Bug has good suggestions.  Also make sure the cat you take has been tested for the usual diseases.

This site has been helpful to me, although introductions are still a work in progress, here.  But I introduced very young cats to very old cats, one of whom has medical/stress issues.  Who eats what, and where, is sometimes a challenge, too.

http://maxshouse.com/introducing_cats.htm

Please keep us posted on what you decide, and how it goes.

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2009, 12:24:36 PM »

Thank you bug I appreciate your advise & guidance.Wonderful suggestions I have printed to keep on hand.Just couldn't stand the thought of having a sweet young kitten (1 year old) going to a shelter. Just talked to the lady the kitten hasn't had shots or spayed but she is going to take care of that before she gives her to me which is great! Thanks again! I'm excited to be having a new kitten coming to our home.Rusty (Main Coon cat) is pretty mellow so I'm hoping it will be smooth intro as smooth as something like this can go anyway! ankc60
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2009, 01:01:19 PM »

Spartycats  Thank you for link Love those pages have read & will print some out.Yes Rusty will be 3 next month and I am hoping he'll like the company also, I often think being an Indoor cat that he gets board & hope that this will help as well as provide a loving, happy, healthy environment for new kitten she's 1 yr old and sweet.It's pretty much a done deal I just spoke to the neighbor and she was happy to be finding a good home for her.I asked about spay & shots she said kitten hasn't had them yet but she is going to take her in to have it done before giving her to me which will be about the 6th of August.I'm excited to be getting new kitten! Glad to hear about your success in introducing.I tried this with Rusty & another cat & the other cat bit me. I had picked it up @ vet and it had been left & a lady found it in a ditch so it's hard to know it's back round.I'm a little nervous about all this since then but as the kitten has been indoors & around other cats and I know some back round I think eventually they will work it out with my help of course. Thanks again ankc60
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2009, 01:41:49 PM »

Congratulations on the new kitten, ankc60!  Neutered male cats like Rusty are the easier cats to introduce to new ones, in my experience.  Just take it slow and give them plenty of space at first, and I'm sure they will learn to get along.
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2009, 02:39:23 PM »

Way to go, ankc60, giving this kitty a home. Everyone has had very good suggestions about the slow but usually sure process of introducing a newcomer. Like Catbird, I have had great success with in-house neutered male cats accepting, and even mentoring, kittens.
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2009, 04:09:59 PM »

How many cats does this neighbor have? Have you considered adopting more than one so that the kitties do not have to be split up?

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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2009, 04:20:48 PM »

Congratulations ankc60 on your new addition.  I pray that all goes smoothly.  In my experience, I haven't had problems with neutered males accepting new kitties in their home.  It's usually the females that I've had a harder time with adjusting to new kitties on their home turf.  I've used bugs methods many times and have found them to work pretty good.  Just make sure you give them time and be patient.  Keep us posted!
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2009, 08:51:49 AM »

Caylee I hadn't till I read this last night now I am thinking about it.IF I were to do that I was thinking would have to change brands as the Wellness 5 oz can's come from a packing place that will Not give details so the peeps that feed W******s have been buying the 3 oz cans and for me @ least this is a small fortune just for Rusty much less 3 cats. So My ? is what are some other brands that we know where the food is coming from in larger cans Another thing I'm thinking about is the shots once a year times 3 can get a little expensive.The other cat is about 20 years old and I'm not sure how Rusty is going to treat an older cat but I could really be there with this senior cat so I am considering long & hard.Any questions I can ask owner or suggestions, help would be much appreciated.Thank you caylee for mentioning it, it may be a great idea to keep them together.ankc60
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2009, 08:53:56 AM »

Thank you all for your reassurance tips & all your support it is much appreciated. Rusty & Anne
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2009, 09:17:53 AM »

Anne,
Oh, my heart just sinks thinking of a 20 yr. old cat that needs a new home.  You are an angel even to think about it.  Do you know its health status, and vet. care history?  Ask a lot of questions, so you know what you are taking on.  Ask for veterinary records, ask how long your neighbor has had the older cat.  I'd guess the 2 youngsters will ignore the older cat eventually.  Do you know how these 2 get along with each other now (can they be isolated from Rusty together)? 

I'm not sure I'm following you about your concerns with 5 oz, vs. 3 oz cans, but maybe others will have suggestions.  Do you know what this elderly cat is used to eating?

I think the vaccination protocol these days is more like every 3 years (rabies, depending on state).  I would think a 20 yr. old who has gotten vaccines would be sufficiently protected by now.  But it's worth considering that there may be other expenses for an older cat - more frequent checks/blood work, etc. 

Good luck and keep us posted.
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2009, 11:28:57 AM »

What part of the country are you in?

If your neighbor's 1-year-old and 20-year-old are used to each other and get along, it probably would be wise if someone were to adopt them together, that being a tall order.  You are wonderful to consider this.  Is the neighbor moving somewhere where she can't take her cats?  It really upsets me that someone is in a situation like this.  Even most senior housing will allow one pet these days.

My cats range from 1 year of age to 18-1/2.  The oldsters get along well with the youngsters.  Like others have posted, using separate rooms for a few days should help the transition.

I don't understand your question about Wellness.  We know the canned is currently made at 3 companies.  Menufoods, Simmons, and American Nutrition.

Not too many companies make big cans of cat food.  Another one I've used which costs a little less than Wellness is the Precise brand.  It comes in big cans and my cats like it.
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2009, 11:40:54 AM »

This is the other thing about this Senior cat, another neighbor passed away here in Dec. so this other neighbor took the cat so i dunno if she even knows if it's had shots been spayed etc.Also I'm a bit concerned about how Rusty will treat this other cat (Rusty is a great & easy going cat) with this cat being 20 I'm a bit concerned about trying to bring it into a home where there's already another cat & having to fight for dominance & I worry can this older cat take this @ her age & having to be moved 2 times in less than a year.The 2 seem to get along fine I have been to their house and seen them. Isolation would be a temp. thing when newly introduced to our home as the only place they could be is in my bedroom.Expenses for an older cat - more frequent checks/blood work, etc. Is what i'm concerned about as I know from dealing with Katie's Kidney troubles exams etc. can get expensive and I must take this all into consideration so I don't know that this would be a good thing I can't overextend myself as much as I have a huge heart for animals and would love to have another cat this seems like I'd be taking on more than I can afford and with the economy the way it is I prob. will have to pass as much as I hate the thought of splitting them up but if i can @ least give 1 a home it's great for everyone concerned. Also do cats usually use same or separate litter boxes once they have gotten used to each other Huh        thank you ankc60
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2009, 11:54:27 AM »

I sent you a message ankc60.
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For I will whisper into their hearts
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