Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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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