Post # 1
Hi Bees! If you saw my post on Home Section, we bought a house. Wahoo! <br />NOT wahoo is that the elderly lady living there, in the hustle and bustle of packing, forgot to shut off the water outside and the pipes froze and burst in our basement! 🙁 <br />Thus, our move in date has been pushed back, but we already signed away our apartment. <br />SO, we are moving in (gulp!) with my parents for a month while this gets sorted out… My parents have a loveable lab about 10 years old, I grew up with that guy, what a sweetie! They also have a cat straight from hell, who is about 15 years old. Old bat is quite cranky. Now, Fiance and I have a cat; the vet said he’s autistic and if ‘a little off’ otherwise. He doesn’t understand things well but is a sweetheart.
We worry he will get beat up by old granny cat!! 🙁 We have to move in with my folks, theres no way around it… We don’t want to wall our guy off from the world either… Can we introduce them slowly or do you wait and let them meet the day of move in? Thanks all!
Post # 2
My mom has the same type of mean old lady cat. Honestly, I wouldn’t introduce them. Old cats do not “just get use to new cats” in a few days. She could really hurt your kitty. I’d try to keep them separate as much as possible.
By The Way, what prompted them to diagnose your kitty with autism? I didn’t even know there was such a thing.
Post # 3
Hmm! We’d have to keep them seperated in different, shut rooms then you think…?<br />I’m not even 100% sure of the diagnosis either, and didn’t believe him (?)… But he displays similar to people I guess, uses a weighted blanket, has ‘stimming’ (he does a scrunchy paw thing with all his paws for hours a day), stares at lights, plays with the ball-loop round toy thing with the ball inside for hours… I just think he’s a little odd that’s all? But, they really wanted to label him so?? 🙁
Post # 4
I would say that it’d be best to keep your kitty in a separate room for a while. The older cat will be able able to smell your cat thru the door and maybe she’ll get used to his scent that way. I wouldn’t lock the older cat up in a room, as it is her
house. If you want to eventually try to introduce them, I would start by feeding both cats on each side of the door. Older kitty will associate the new cat scent with something pleasant (food) and if they seem ok after a while, introduced them in the same room. Don’t force them to meet and keep watch over them in case older kitty tries to attack. I wouldn’t leave them alone together until you know for sure they won’t hurt each other.
This is how we introduced a new male kitten to our 2 adult females cats. After about 2 weeks, one of the adults was fine with him…it took about a month for the other adult to get used to him.