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Old 01-06-2013, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We adopted a kitty from the shelter and she is the most loving cat (when she wants to be lol) but we are not sure what her history is with other cats and we are not sure if she will take to other cats young or old. We have a kitty not even a year yet that we want to take home but not sure what will happen. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe ask the shelter if the cats can have a greeting time? I don't know if shelters allow that.. seems potentially dangerous, but it might be worth a try?
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not a good idea. Too bad cats can't just be thrown together like dogs, but they can't.

Here are some great guidelines about cat introductions:

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Huh.. worked for us..
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Asking the shelter about an introduction period is a good idea. I've always done that. I adopt old thrown away cats and they take some time to acclimate to each other, but always do after a time (knock on wood), but I've always reserved the option of returning. With old cats you just never know. They may not be best buddies, but tolerant and that's enough for me. They learn the pecking order.

My avatar shows Missy, a 4 pound bully baby who is well over 15 by now (no one knows for sure). We just took in a 3 year old foster and two weeks later, Missy just yawns at her antics. Missy seems to understand she is just a youngster (relatively speaking). Try it, ask for a one month introduction period. That is PLENTY of time and see what happens. You may be very pleasantly surprised. I have a friend that runs a rescue shelter. She once told me that she does not have the luxury of slow, methodical intro periods when it's a matter of life or death. The cats work it all out themselves....or not. Good luck!
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Since your current cat is 2 and the one you want to adopt is less than a year old, chances are you'll be fine, if you follow the slow introduction process that Marie posted. Marcia also makes a good point about asking the shelter about their introduction period/policy, just to be on the safe side.

As for how your current cat gets along with other cats, did you adopt her recently? If so, perhaps the shelter from which you adopted her will remember and you can ask them, or perhaps they might have a note in their records.
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