Post # 1
We had a very interesting Canada Day yesterday. As I was eating breakfast I noticed a sad little orange kitty wandering around outside our place. I went to check it out and discovered it was extremely underweight (all it’s bones are protruding) and super dirty. I checked for a tattoo or some kind of ID and couldn’t find any. We live in a rural area and it is fairly common for people to ‘dump’ cats when they don’t want them anymore.
I brought this little kitty into our home and quarantined it in a room upstairs far away from our three others cats. I am taking it to the vet today to get checked out. Assuming all of that goes well and it is disease free we are planning on keeping it. It is a verrrry sweet cat who loves snuggles and purrs like no other.
I am wondering if anyone has any tips on introducing a new kitty into a househould with three cats. My other three are 5 years old. Two are sisters and the one male was purchased only about three months after I obtained the other two. They get along well for the most part with the occasional spat.
The stray kitty appears to be a male (thought I’m no expert) and is young, probably six-ish months old. It’s hard to tell because he’s so malnourished.
Any tips/advice would be appreciated.
Post # 3
My suggestion is to keep this cat in a separate room, let the other cats smell him. Rub him with a towel and let the other cats sniff it. Then put the other three cats in his room and let him roam around smelling. Slowly introduce one cat at a time with him. This could take a week or so.
Post # 4
awww that is so good of you. that kitty is very lucky that you found him.
I’ve heard that you should rub a towel behind your cats’ ears where they have their sent glans and then rub the new kitty with the towel. This way they will smell their own sent on him.
also, a cat calming spray would ease their anxiety about a new member of the herd.
Post # 5
Thanks girls!! These are great tips!! My cats are pretty laid back so I’m hoping it won’t be too dramatic.
@Meowkers: Thank you! He seems to be very grateful… full of purrs and belly rubs! I’m just praying for a clean bill of health from the vet this afternoon.
Post # 6
I agree with keeping them separate, and gradually allowing them to smell/see/hear each other. We read a lot about it online and then my fiance just said “oh they’ll be fine, they’ll just fight it out and be done.” Bad idea. There’s a ton of great resources on the internet about introducing new cats to your current brood. Just don’t be like us and not follow it!