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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-18-2009, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Reintroduction frustration

Just to start out, this is actually only the first evening we've all been back together... this is more a need for some moral support than anything else.

Due to the likely spraying of my apartment door by the next door neighbor cat, I decided to board Wyn and keep Beren home. Now I have to go through a reintroduction. It is so frustrating! I mean, they know each other already for goodness sake! I've got them kept apart at the moment but I've been trying to get them nose to nose through cracks in the door every so often. I'm trying to do this slowly, which is wearing my patience thin. I know it shouldn't but it is. I just want things back to normal! I can't imagine how I'm going to live through this if it takes as long as some people have told me it would (two to three weeks!).

I'd love to read some similar experiences if you have them.

Wyn is a bad, bad kitteh. Good thing her person is a bad, bad girl... They get along great!
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Re: Reintroduction frustration

It's worth it, Vilate! A couple of weeks can lead to a renewal of their friendship. Try putting a drop of vanilla on the back of each cat's neck to give them both a similar odor. Good luck!


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Re: Reintroduction frustration

How long have they been apart? Unless it's been a really long time, you really shouldn't need much of an introduction. They should be fine after a day or two. Cats that have been separated normally growl and hiss at each for a while. You could help them get reaquainted by sharing their scent with each other.

Part of the problem might be they can still smell the urine on the door. Cats can still smell it when you think it's clean.
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