Post # 1
I have a question for those pet owners… At my dads house we have a cat, who’s always been the only cat. Due to other circumstances (like a new baby), we have to get rid of the cat, because she has a tendancy to sleep on peoples head?
Anyways, my mom (seperated) offered to take the cat for us, because she has a lot of animals already. So last night, we transfered the cat from the country, to downtown in the city, and she spent the night with me.
Today, I take her exploring around the house. She apparently HATES my other animals, but I’m inclined to think it’s because she’s only ever been by herself.
Any ideas as to how long this will last? We have another kitten and a puppy, and we’re all worried the new cat will like, attack if that makes sense.
Any help is great!
Post # 3
It will take a couple of weeks. We had the same issue when we got a new puppy when I still lived with my parents (I was about 16). The older dog HATED the new puppy and would growl at her and snap but within a couple of weeks they were best friends and would actually cuddle together.
I dont know if a cat would be the same but that’s my experience…
Post # 4
Ya i say a couple weeks or a month. We took in my grandmother’s two dogs when she died, they acted depressed for awhile but they are doing perfectly fine now (it’s been 2 months- but they were acting better a month after). They just have to get used to the new routine of things.
Post # 5
I have three cats and have assimilated them one at a time. It took about 3 weeks for my first two cats to not “war” with one another. When I adopted my most recent kitten, it really upset my middle cat. It took atleast 4 weeks. Now they’re all fine but they each keep their distance. They don’t really rub up against one another, the kitten tried with the middle cat and the middle cat pretty much hissed and hit her. I had to be on “watch” for a long time to make sure nothing bad happened.
Post # 6
I would recommend the “isolation” method if possible. If your mom has a spare bedroom, let the cat stay in there. Bring some toys or bedding the other animals use so she can get used to the scents. Gradually introduce the other animals, one by one, but under supervision. After about a week, let your cat do short visits in the rest of the house. Just increase the amount of time each time when she is let out.
She is probably feeling very threatened and scared. Cats hate to have the routine changed.
We have always used the isolation method when introducing new cats to the house. It really kept the drama to a minimum. We have 6 now, and they all get along very well.
Post # 7
Thanks for all your advice! We’ve put the cat basically in the basement, where no other animals go, and we’re letting her venture out when she feels ready. She’s graduated to the top of the stairs, but if the other animals are around, she won’t come out. When they’re gone, however, then she’ll come and snuggle on the couch.
The biggest problem is our kitten, who is completely intrigued by hissing, and instead of backing away, will go and sniff her out haha. What an idiot. She is already doing better then when she first came.
Post # 8
It took our cats a few months to get along and stop fighting. I would keep the new cat seperated as others said so that they can gradually adjust to each other.
Post # 9
I had housemates when I first got my dog, and one of them already had a dog. Our idea was to keep the dogs separated for the first few days, but eventually my roommates dog somehow got into my room. Maya, my dog, was VERY territorial at first, but she quickly got along with Leila, my roommates dog, so long as Maya could be the boss. Within a few weeks, they were even sleeping in the same bed together!