Post # 1
So I found this beautiful cat at my bank (we named her alexis.. “lexi” for short) me and my fiance go to the bank at night and feed her, give her water and love.. she’s friendly and can’t be more than 2 yrs. The problem is we have another cat (we also found outside when she was like 3 weeks..) and I am worried my first baby will not like my second.
We can’t adopt lexi for another week or so and if we decide to 100% she’s going into the vet for a check up and shots and a bath we will wait about a month to fix her so she can get some fat on her (she’s very skinny! 🙁 )
Do you think the cats will get along? Do I have to give them time? I am worried. Luna isn’t a lapcat but she is close to us.. and lexi seems much more loving and wanting petting.
even if I decide they can’t be together I will take lexi to the cat network people to get fostered, she deserves a good home!
Post # 3
only way to know is to try it out! and post pix of the kitties! good for you for adopting her, i hope they get along! good luck!!
Post # 4
Cats never accept another right away, but they will learn! Keep Lexi in a separate room so Luna can get used to her scent. It’s never easy introducing cats (and I find females to be way more troublesome than boys), so it will take time, but they will eventually accept each other. 🙂
She sounds like a sweetie!
Post # 5
@Digidoll: The best way to introduce them to each other is VERY slowly. Keep them in seperate rooms, allowing them to each sniff each other under the door. Then, after a few days, open the door, but keep them seperated by a baby gate. Do NOT let your first cat outside (if he’s an indor/outdoor cat) for about a week. Cats sometimes get jealous and will run away if they feel like they are being replaced. Continue to love on your old cat just as much (or even more than normal) so that he knows that you still want him.
I think you should try and bring this kitty home. She sounds like she really needs a good home.
I have had many cats in my life, and eventually they get over it and learn “okay, this guy is here to stay, I guess I’ll tolerate him”. They may not be BFFs, but they shouldn’t fight too much.
Also, make SURE they each have their own litterbox in a different place in the house. They are very private animals and do NOT like to share bathrooms 🙂
Post # 6
Restrict the newcomers territory and very gradually introduce to the resident kitty. First exchange towels and toys – allow glimpses, etc. It takes me as long as a month to get a new kitty accepted by the others – but I have not failed getting newcomers accepted yet! And I have 10 in the house at this time!
Here is four of them enticed by a moth in the house –
Post # 7
@Digidoll: Introduce the two slowly! For however long it takes for them to get accostumed to eachother! My female cat lived in my bathroom strictly for the first two months I had her! I finally let her out the week she stopped growling at the door when my other animals walked by! And even after that it was a long road. She was very scared around the other animals! My cats still get into spats from time to time, but now play with eachother and are making great progress by sharing a love seat! They do not cuddle or groom eachother, but they do tolerate eachother!
Post # 8
@trueblue14: Haha, I LOVE that picture!
and 10 cats… wow! Thats a lot! How’d you come up with that many? SO would never let me have more than my two guys… he doesn’t even like cats, but he loves me so he ‘lets’ me keep them. haha
Post # 9
@trueblue14: Omg. Your kitties. Omg. So adorable.
Get this kitty of the street ASAP! I’m so happy she found someone to love her. Cats can get used to each other, it just takes time. Restrict the new cat to one room, and let them smell each others blankets and things. You can set a baby gate (or two on top of each other, borrow from friends if you don’t have them, you won’t need them for long) so that they can see each other without making contact. Feed them on either side of the door to the new cat’s room, gradually moving the bowls closer to the door. It will be harder if your current cat is especially territorial (mine sure is!), but not impossible!! Good luck!! And pics???? Can’t have cat thread without pics!!
Post # 10
Do it slowly!
In my personal experience, cats don’t always get along very well initially, so if they’re grumpy with each other for a while, don’t get discouraged! Also, don’t be surprised if your current cat gets a little grumpy with you (My first cat was NOT happy with me when I brought my other cat home as a kitten. She wouldn’t let me touch her for a week, lol)
Previous posts have all given good information. Here is a link to an article from the ASPCA that I think sums everything up pretty nicely.
Post # 11
@Digidoll: I dont know if this has been said yet or not, but dont bring her into your home until she’s been vetted. If she has feline aids, it could be transmitted to your other cat.
Post # 12
Pics! thanks for all the advice guys 🙂 especially the feline f.i.v thing… I completely forgot that! <– Luna
<– Lexi (don’t let the pose foul you, she’s SUPER sweet!)
Post # 13