Introducing new cat next week... - Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-01-2003, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 3
Introducing new cat next week...

I opened my big mouth and told my inlaws that I would look after their cat for them for 6 months. They are moving and staying at a friend's house just for the winter and can't take him. "Dax" is their beloved companion and I wanted to help so I said we would , as they have no one else to turn to. He is a neutered 8 year old male with all his nails.

Here is the scenario: I have a 3 year old spayed female who has had a tendonectomy. I also have 2 kids and a dog. The dog and cat (Dax) are already acquainted as we shared a house (seperate areas)with my inlaws and their cat for a number of years. My dog is generally respectful of Dax after being scratched on different occasions. I am worried how this is going to go. I have done some research as to how to introduce them slowly etc. but have many factors to consider. Any one have and tried and true suggestions? Any help much appreciated!
mundavoo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-02-2003, 07:01 PM
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 66
Introducing new cat next week.

I now have 5 cats, soon to be 6. When I bring in a new animal I isolate that animal in a room by himself or herself. I am fortunate to have the room as my kids are grown and gone. I gradually let the other cats see the new one, and gradually let them get acquainted. When I am at work I keep the doors closed. At this time I have an older cat that is new to the house, her owner had to go away to a nursing home. She has settled in but does let the other cats know that this is her room. She is in my study and does not try to leave the room. if you have the room to isolate the animal, do so. If you do not have room, keep a crate handy so you can put the new cat in there if it becomes disturbed. Even a large cat carrier can work. I had to do this one time with one particularly angry cat whose owner had died of cancer. When he became disturbed he would get into the carrier, feeling secure. Eventually they will become acquainted, maybe not friends.
Anita is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 3
Thanks Anita for the reply. So far so good. It has been a week since I brought Dax home. Within a couple of days I let them out together after they got used to one anothers scent. My cat Luna was eating some canned food I gave her as a treat when Dax came out of the room. She hissed at him but kept eating! She still is hissing/growling at him on occasion. But they have sniffed noses a few times.

Dax is very good and turns away if she is upset at him. He is the one making most of the advances. They want to get closer to sniff one another, but just don't trust each other yet. They will play in front of one another but not together. I am hoping they will like each other more., who knows???!!! Cats sure are funny! It seems like Dax knows he is a guest and doesn't want to push things. Time will tell.
mundavoo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome