(Closed) Too many cats! Small vent

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Well, my situation is a tad bit different.  I added a new cat to my little family about 7 months ago and my old cat HATED it…to the point where she would not come out from underneath the bed.  I literally had to put a food/water bowl under the bed so she wouldn’t starve.  And then I had to add a litterbox to the bedroom (ewww) for several months.  At first I worked hard to keep the cats separated, but after awhile, I just let them be and work out their differences (thankfully, my 2nd cat is just curious and playful…not a bully).  About 5 months later, something clicked and the old cat came out of her funk.  I don’t know what it was, maybe she decided she didn’t want to spend the rest of her life under a bed, but now her and the other cat get along.  I wouldn’t say they are BFFs, but we do catch them snuggling from time to time.

If you can, I would say stick it out until you have a bigger place.  It could be that your FI’s cats are making a strong territory claim, and when you have a bigger home, each group of cats can have their own space to roam 🙂

Post # 4
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1066 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This may sound like a weird suggestion, but can you shave the two long haired cats so there’s less hair around the apartment?  I know cats shed a ton, I wouldn’t want to live with 4, but then again, I am a dog person.  If you know for sure that you’ll be moving after the wedding, I’d stick it out… I could never sell my pets, how attached are you to them, would you regret it?

Post # 6
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Worker bee

@rlthomas: I hope you don’t have to give your babies up 🙁 that would be so sad. I definitely understand the quality of life concern though. I agree with the other bees, possibly try shaving? Also, and you may have tried this, but have you let them spend time together and try to get adjusted? Maybe with some more time it will be okay, or at least improve?

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