How to introduce a new cat and…what do we name her??

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What should we name our new cat?
    Daenerys (Dani for short) : (2 votes)
    9 %
    Khaleesi (Khalli for short) : (11 votes)
    50 %
    Lady Violet (mostly just Violet) : (5 votes)
    23 %
    Katniss : (4 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    GOT fans you say? I think she could be a Sansa. She is beautiful by the way!

    Post # 4
    113 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    you should of got a kitten cats love kittens other cats they hate

    Post # 6
    7664 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    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 # 8
    1952 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I don’t watch GoT but the cat looks like a Khaleesi.

    Post # 9
    2052 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
    1608 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    725 posts
    Busy bee

    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!

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