Help! Adding a second fur baby! need advice!

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/introducing_new_cat.html

I understand wanting a new companion for your cat. Our cat was meowing constantly and we figured out that she just needed more attention. I want a “sibling” for our cat but my husband is not against the idea. He thinks we don’t have enough space. We have over 1,000 sq feet and it is just the two of us, so I don’t agree with not having any space. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Aww I think it’s so sweet to get a pet (that seems like it would appreciate it) a friend 🙂

I haven’t really owned a cat so I don’t really have any relevant advice except make sure to keep giving the 1st pet lots of attention. We got a sister for our boy dog and they play so much together, and sometimes cuddle together, it’s so precious. Congrats and good luck!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Soonerbee07:  

I know right? While I don’t mind dogs, I could never have one as a pet. 

I think two small dogs would be okay in our apartment but not huge breeds. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I think the space would be fine, as long as each kitty has their own part. Some cats are bush dwellers, some are tree dwellers, i don’t think its breen specific or anything. I have watched a lot of Jackson Galaxy! Have some shelves for the cats and some places on the floor for them as well. With 2 cats you will need at least 3 litterboxes, they say one for each cat plus one more. I don’t know about actually introducing them. I have heard to just put them both in a bathroom, close the door and let them work things out but I don’t know if that is the best method. I would just google that part of it. If you are allowed to visit your adoptee, pet your cat a bunch, pick him up, even bring a blanket or something that will have his scent on it for the new cat to smell. Then have something the new cat can lay on for wrap him in a towel while you are petting him or something, and bring that home for the old cat to smell. This way they have at least smelled each other’s pheramones before.

I saw Jackson do this with baby stuff once so i’m just guessing if it’ll work for cats. Good luck!!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Soonerbee07:  we have 5 fur babies. Every time we brought a new one in, we introduced it to the others by holding them and letting them sniff each other. After that it’s up to them getting use to each other. All of our animals get along great, including our Bengal cat who can have an attitude. It’ll work out!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Soonerbee07:  

No extra kitties for me. 

We live in a pet friendly building and so many people have big dogs.

Big dogs are not for apartments. Large breeds need a yard to run around in. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

My SO and I did the same thing, our 3 yr old girl, Allie, would meow and meow the minute we got home from work, and would seem so sad if we went away for a weekend! We got her from a shelter, and about a year later we went and got a 10 month old boy, Bailey, for a friend!! 

We put him in our lounge in his carry cage, and let her sniff around him. Once she’d gotten bored with that and had moved off, we let him out! He immediately hid as it was a new environment, then we just stayed in the room. within a few hours he came out from behind the couch and hid under a blanket next to me, and Allie was on the other couch with my SO basically death staring the ‘intruder’. A few hours after that, they were happy to just co-exist. About 3 days later, Bailey was sleeping on the couch and Allie went up and started licking him and then slept next to him and they’ve been inserparable ever since (3 years now!) the shelter we got them from said to let them work it out between them! Allie is boss and Bailey is fine with that!

 

we had a small two bedroom apartment and they were fine! (have a house now) We have one litter box which they happily share, same with their food and water bowls! 

 

Goodluck! I think getting your cat a friend is a wonderful idea! 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I currently have five cats and had one recently pass away (our current fifth we adopted after she passed). Our last two kittens we introduced them after keeping them separate for several days/weeks. Usually I just plop them down and let them be, but I have never had overly friendly cats, they have always initially had hissing/growling toward any new companion for a few days (or years, concerning my husband’s cat).<br /><br />

Concerning Aoife, our second-to-last newest addition, she took a nice long ride on the skid plate of my car and that’s how we found her. She was seven weeks and just barely had the beginning signs of an URI. We kept her separate while that cleared up in the attempts of keeping my other cats from getting sick. It seemed to help a little bit, because they were able to get used to her scent and hear her meows and occasionally glimpse her when we went in and out of the room, but still there was the inital dislike of her when they were officially introduced.<br /><br />With Amelia we kept her apart for the first day or two, as she was terribly scared when we adopted her. She was about eight weeks old. She is very loving, and was purring the whole time, but the barking dogs when we took her into a cubicle to play with scared her and she shook the whole way home, so it was more to calm her down rather than to slowly introduce her.<br /><br />All in all, it really depends on the temperment of your cat, but expect some hissing and growling initially. SOME cats immediately take to each other, but it is usually showcasing who is dominat and that the new cat is essentially lower on the totum pole. We got Amelia after Beebee died, not to replace Beebee (my very first cat that was “mine”) but as a playmate for Aoife, who was maybe four months at the time, and she was extremely… terrorizing to the adults, who didn’t want to play with her. I thought that she would like Amelia immedialy, especially since they were both young kittens, but there was hissing and growling on Aoife’s part. Took only a few days and now they’re buds. We like to call Amelia “Aoife’s baby.” Just expect your current baby to vocally express his dislike in the first few days, but from my experience they will learn to like each other after a few days. 🙂 You can try to keep them apart, my aunt (also a vet) used to do that but now she, like me, just places them in her house and lets her other pets deal with it how they will. Good luck!!!!!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

As long as you do it gradually, it’ll be fine! We kept Toby in his carrier (he slept) while Max circled and hissed/growled. He eventually became bored. I then let Toby out but behind a closed door so they could smell each other. they were soon snuggling. 🙂 don’t get discouraged by initial hisses from your current fur baby!!!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We bought a Maine Coon kitten and a month later were offered a female adult Maine Coon for free.

We kept them in seperate areas of the house for a day or so, then swapped areas so they could sniff each others scent. After that we introduced them by holding them and letting them sniff eachother.

It took a couple of months for them to get used to each other (and the adult to get used to us – she hadn’t had much human interaction at all during her life). But now they play with eachother, it’s great to watch 🙂 Multiple cats are awesome!

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