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Introducing New Cat to Existing Cat

I remember back in 2007 when we were looking at adopting a cat, the volunteers told us that Sidney should be the only cat in the household. The story we were told was that Sidney's previous owners got a new cat. Sidney and the new cat fought a lot. Sidney's previous owners took him to the animal shelter and he ended up on Death Row! He was rescued by this group we adopted Sidney from. I couldn't believe Sidney ended up in the animal shelter when he was the first cat in the household! I was afraid to even think about getting a second cat after hearing Sidney's story!

Sidney has a bob-tail. When we took him to the vet for his first visit, we found out that Sidney's tail was amputated by getting caught in a car door or refrigerator door. We could tell that he had been abused in the household he lived in before us! I would grab a broom to sweep and he would jump and run away like I was going to beat him with it. The same thing would happen when we would grab a fly swatter!

He still is jumpy today but not anywhere near what he was. We have owned Sidney for 5 years now and he still is afraid of the broom and fly swatter! A couple of years had passed since we got Sidney and I started talking to our vet about possibly getting a second cat.

I told our vet Sidney's story about not getting along with the second cat at all with his previous owners. Our vet said it all has to do with the way you introducing new cat to another cat. I said really?! My brain started working into overtime...on how to get my husband to agree that Sidney needed a playmate! I mentioned it to my husband and he didn't say "No." So that was a good thing!

Once again, my daughter and I starting going to the local PetSmart to see what kind of declawed cats they had available to adopt. They didn't have any. I started searching the internet for local pet shelters and cat organizations for a female about the same age of Sidney (about 3 years old) and declawed. I found 4 cats that met our criteria all at the same organization! It was a cage-free cat shelter located in Marietta, Georgia. That was about a hour and a half way from where we lived.

I called and talked to them and told the volunteers Sidney's story about not getting along with the new cat that was brought in by his previous owners. They said the same thing our vet did! It is all in the way introducing new cat to old cat. I printed out the 4 cats photos and showed my husband. He wanted to go look at the cats. That Sunday we went for a visit and we ended up bringing Lucy home!

So here is the formula for introducing new cat/existing cat: take everything very slow! We put Lucy (new cat) in our daughter's bedroom. This included water bowl, food bowl, litter box, pet bed and cat nip toys. We didn't let Lucy out of the bedroom for at least 2 weeks! I took a towel and rubbed it on Sidney's face (existing cat) and a took a towel and rubbed it on Lucy's face. I then exchanged the towels for both of them the get use to each other's 'smell' During this whole time, they were putting their paws under our daughter's bedroom door and meowing and hissing at each other. I also exchanged toys between the two so they had each other odor near them!

Once the two weeks passed, we put Lucy (new cat) in her pet carrier and placed her in the middle of the living room for about an hour. This allowed for a couple of things: 1) Sidney and Lucy could both see each other face to face and get closer; 2) Sidney could go in daughter's bedroom to sniff around to get even more of Lucy's scent! We did this for about 1 week.

Our next step was to have supervised visits with both cats. We closed all bedroom and bathroom doors so neither one could hide very easily. In the beginning there was a lot of hissing but then they just started to ignore each other. We would let them visit for about 30 minutes the first 2 days. We increased it to 1 hour the next 2 days and so on. We never did leave the 2 of them alone unattended for the first 3 months just because our male cat (Sidney) weighs twice as much as our female cat (Lucy). Plus Lucy doesn't have any top canine teeth, so she is at a disadvantage of protecting herself. This is the price you have to pay in order to have a two cat household in harmony!

It probably took 2 years before the two of them have become friends! But they did get along during that time. They just kinda stayed away from each other. Now they clean each other, play together and sleep together. It seemed like it took a long time for this to happen but it was totally worth it! So when people say, "This cat can be the only cat in the household," it is all in the way you introduce the new cat!


Street Talk

Nice article! Sometimes it can be a challenge getting them to get along!

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  about 4 years ago

Thank you Shawn. Yes, it has been a challenge but well worth all the work involved!

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  about 4 years ago
Ivy Glenn  

Excellent info. We too have introduced a cat to our cat family!. We had three cats, We originally had 4, two males and two females. One of the femails passed away. The two females had been best of friends. The remaining female, Snooky, was lost without her friend. She started following us everywhere, and just would not leave us alone. That is when we went on our hunt. My husband found our new cat, Minky, with a family that was moving. They could only take one cat with them, so they decided to give her up (she was the last one they got). It has taken months now, but our new cat is now good friends with the two males, and she tolerates the Snooky. The hissing has stopped for the most part. We have a ways to go now, but the worst is over.

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  about 4 years ago

Thank you Ivy. Sounds like you have experience in this area of cat introduction! It is a long road but so worth it! Way to Go!

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  about 4 years ago

Thanks for the article. My wife has mentioned a second cat several times and I keep saying "You know what would happen!" Our cat is not friendly at all. (except to the two of us) Well done!

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  about 4 years ago

Thank you Dave! It can be done! You just have to work at it!

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  about 4 years ago

I think I would have to start with two totally sane cats. I think it is pretty safe to say that is not going to happen.

  
  about 4 years ago

Awh, I am sorry to hear that! :-(

  
  about 4 years ago

I totally didn't do this with mine. I rescued a cat just yesterday and I don't have any of the extra rooms or anything to separate them. He is in a room though with 2 older cats that just really stay to themselves anyways. One is 16, she is white and deaf. (Been deaf her whole life) and the other is about 12,13. The new cat has come along way already however, already is coming out more and letting me put him more. So it is all a good experience.

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  about 4 years ago

That's great! I'm glad you are having an easy time of it! Our cat was abused by his previous owners. Plus the information we received from the volunteers that rescued him, he didn't get along with other cats and he needed to be an only cat. In the long run, it was a good thing for us we introduced the two cats the way we did. It would have been very bad if we just put them together right away.

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  about 4 years ago

Excellent!! I enjoyed reading your article and it held my interest to the end. One issue; two years??? I'm a patient person but.....LOL You made both cats lives worth living. Applause!!

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  about 4 years ago

Thank you so much Diane! You have no idea how your words have touched my heart! I appreciate your comments.

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  about 4 years ago
Cena  

Great! I can share with friends that looking for another cat. Thanks!

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  about 5 years ago

Yes you can! It is possible...it's just in the way you introduce them and it takes time! Everything is very slow.

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  about 5 years ago
Cena  

Yes. Is just that some of my adopter too worry about their existing cat. Is good to have their own kind as companion. :)

  
  about 5 years ago
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