Post # 1
Happy Monday, bees! Some of you may remember my post from last week about how my cat is a little asshole and what to do about it lol. My FI and I have been discussing for a while about getting another cat to keep her company and mellow her out. We came across a female Ragdoll mix about the same age for adoption near us, so we went to look at her Saturday. Of course, we fell in love and are picking her up next Saturday to take her to her forever home 🙂
Since the new cat has been in foster homes and around other animals and people, she is quite well adjusted. Still, our home environment will be new to her, but I think she’ll be fine. As for the other little brat, I’m thinking she’s going to be our problem child! We know to keep them separated and gradually introduce them, associate scents with food/treats, all the stuff they tell you at the shelter. I’d love some advice or tips from someone who has done this before, especially with cats. We’re spending the week preparing to do this, so I think we’ll be in good shape. I just want to make the transition as smooth as possible for us and the cats, at least as much as I can!
Also, her given name in the shelter is Porker bc when she was born, she was a fat ball of fluff! But we’d like to rename her. We’re both huge Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey and The Hunger Games fans, hence the suggestions. Just when I think I’m leaning towards one, I change my mind. Here’s a pic of her, she’s very beautiful and regal looking 🙂
Post # 3
GOT fans you say? I think she could be a Sansa. She is beautiful by the way!
Post # 4
you should of got a kitten cats love kittens other cats they hate
Post # 5
She is beautiful! And well done you for adopting rather than getting a kitten. 🙂 ragdolls are pretty laid back so hopefully it goes well but this link may help. http://jacksongalaxy.com/2010/10/01/cat-to-cat-introductions/
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This is the best advice I can find regarding introducing cats. Don’t expect it to happen overnight, and if bad things happen, go back a step.
It depends on the cats involved as to how long the process will take… for example, my beautiful (now sadly deceased) Ginger fell in love with Spock and was grooming him within 3 days. It took about 4 months to introduce Spock to Smudge though. Smudge has always been an exceptionally difficult cat, and Ginger an exceptionally good natured one. The whole process can take anything from 3 days to 9 months, in my experience.
Post # 7
Pinkmoon: My FI mentioned Sansa but I like that Khaleesi literally means “queen” in Dothraki (as if it were a real language lol!)
Dogsbody92: Thanks 🙂 We didn’t want a teeny tiny b/c FI and I are gone 9+ hours a day. When we got to the shelter, there was a beautiful 14 week male kitten that I fell in love with. He would have been a good match but you KNOW the kittens go quickly. The one we chose is 11 months, so still young but not a baby-baby.
Rachel631: Thank you!
Post # 8
I don’t watch GoT but the cat looks like a Khaleesi.
Post # 9
I would suggest getting a baby gate or something similar, so the cats can be separated at first but still be able to see/smell each other.
You might be in for an easy time though, in my experience its been easier to introduce female/female cats than anything. They dont tend to have the same territorial issues that boys do, and if the new cat is younger than your current cat, a lot of times they’ll take on a “mothering” sort of role.
Post # 10
I had my cats separated for two days. New cat was in the bathroom and resident cat in the apartment. I fed and played with him in front of the bathroom door. On the second day he was rubbing up against the door and making his playful chirping meow. I thought I was crazy but I introduced them anyway. I didn’t have a way to separate them so they could still see each other, so I put him on a leash and let her roam the apartment. He charged at her once but then just wanted to sniff. They’ve been in love with each other since.
I did separate them for about two weeks when I wasn’t home. That was mostly because my girl cat was underweight when I adopted her and I wanted to make sure she was eating well and my boy wasn’t stealing her food. The first day I went to work with them together I was a bit worried, but they were absolutely fine.
I know some cats can take months to introduce, and I don’t think mine going so smoothly is entirely typical. But it is possible!
Post # 11
Khaleesi! She’s my fave character on GoT 🙂 Good luck with the kitties – my cat’s a jerk too, been wondering what to do with him. I’ve been wanting to get another cat but my husband thinks our cat we have now will just attack it & bite it :S so I guess that’s a no-go!
Post # 12
My cats were separated for a month before they could be around each other without my older boy attacking the younger boy. Those were some loooong days and nights. We did everything you’re “supposed” to do – separate rooms, fed each cat on opposite sides of the door, let them peek through the door, swapped scents, and finally we put the kitten in his carrier and let our older boy sniff him (we didn’t want him to get hurt!) Then we watched them like hawks until the kitten learned not to attack our older boy every time he saw him. Now they’re buddies :]
Good luck with the introduction. Your new girl is gorgeous!