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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-01-2008, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Moving a cat from a multi-cat household

I'll try to keep this short!

Almost three years ago, my sister-in-laws (now) ex-girlfriend and I adopted a brother/sister pair of kittens. I got the boy, she got the girl. They were very young and we weren't intending to live together for very long, so separating them didn't seem like a big deal.

About six months ago, I adopted another cat (or rather, she adopted me) and all three cats get along tolerably well. Brother and sister cat are, of course, more affectionate towards each other, but there isn't much in the way of true aggression.

SIL and girlfriend break up, girlfriend now has a place of her own. She absolutely loves her cat, but feels it would be unfair to remove her from her two cat friends. Her place isn't big enough for 2 cats, and that's another factor in her thinking of leaving her kitty with us.

As much as I adore her cat, I can't help but feel overwhelmingly guilty. I insisted if she does end up leaving her with us that she allow me to pay the adoption fees for a used-to-being-solitary cat.

I failed at keeping it short. Okay, my question is this: Would moving this cat away from her cat buddies be that terrible? Is being solitary something a cat can adapt to, even if it has lived with others for it's entire life? What's the best decision to be made?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-01-2008, 09:01 PM
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I think it depends on the relationship the cat has with it's other housemates. For example, I would never, ever think of breaking up Holly & Kobi. But Maggie wouldn't care if she was separated from them. Only you guys can judge whether it would be traumatic.

That said, I would think that separating a brother/sister that have been together for 3 years would be pretty traumatic for them.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2008, 01:04 AM
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I agree with doodlebug. It all depends on the cat. If I moved Gabby to a solitary home she would be perfectly happy, but Lily would be heart broken to be alone. Could you do a trial separation? Take her to the new home and see how she reacts. If she seems upset or sad, move her back with you.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2008, 09:55 AM
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I agree with the above posters.It depends on the cat.

I know people who have adopted cats from multi-cat households and the cats did fine!
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