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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-03-2009, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Can two stranger cats adapt?

I found out that my brother-in-law recently got a kitten from the Humane Society a couple months back. I am not sure how old, the sex, or the kind? My cat is 11 months now and the other cat is??? Princeton is a mommy boy and has a difficult time with new people that come over and I am not sure how well they will adapt together . When I get back into the states, my husband, his brother and I will be getting an apartment together. I know some animals are territorial but would I have to get separate items such as litter box and food/water bowls? I am glad Prince will have a playmate.

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Re: Can two stranger cats adapt?

Cats are territorial and you don't want to just toss them together. You need to go through an introduction process (google "cat introduction" and you'll get tons of articles) that involves initially separating them, swapping scents, limited contact etc. Depending on the cats, it may only take a few days or a few weeks. The goal of the introduction process is that they can be together in the same room and tolerate each other and not attack. They may still hiss and not want to be near each other. It could take several months before full acceptance. Then again they may be fast friends in 2 days, you never know. The reality is something in the middle.

It is recommended that you have a litter box for each cat, plus one. So 3 boxes for 2 cats. I've never had that many, but would recommend at least 2. If there are litter box issues you may need to graduate to 3. (I currently have 2 huge plastic totes for 3 cats).

I prefer to use separate food bowls for each cat, then you know how much each cat is eating and pick up on any issues right away. I only have one water bowl because there would be no way to figure out how much each is drinking and they never want to drink at the same time. Since I feed a primarily wet diet, they don't drink a lot of water anyway.


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Re: Can two stranger cats adapt?

http://littlebigcat.com/index.php?ac...tintroductions

If you proceed with patience in your introductions of the cats this can be a sucess. I posted an article on Little Big Cat which really works! Good luck and welcome back to the states!
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Re: Can two stranger cats adapt?

Alright thanks, I also read somewhere on this forum to take one cat and wrap it up....Then give that blanket to the other cat to smell. Take things step by step but I hope my brother-in-law's cat and Princeton will be fine.

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