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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-09-2009, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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My new kitten v's girlfriends cat

Hi. I have recently adopted a 6 month old kitten. She was very timid and shy but is slowly getting better! She s at the stage just now that she'll come to you if she feels like it but still hides when she doesn't. Up until I got her last week my girlfriends cat used to come down here some nights and stay so he is pretty used to being around here. The night I got my kitten I brought my girlfriends cat down too and within minutes they were hissing and growling at each other. My girlfriends cat jumped for my kitten but I picked him up before he hurt her. I took him back to his house and he hasnt been back down since. Does anyone have any suggestions about how and when I should try again.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-09-2009, 06:58 PM
 
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Re: My new kitten v's girlfriends cat

Hi,

I'm afraid you kind of jumped the gun for the two cats Upstairs cat wasn't expecting a new kitty and downstairs cat hadn't even settled down yet when she had to deal with the other cat.

How old is your girlfriends cat and is she use to other cats? If no, how long as she been living as a single cat?

Your cat should by now start feeling at home in your apartment but personally I'd give it some more time to settle in before you attempt a second round of cat introductions (another 1-2 weeks?). You should start to exchange their scents by exchanging their cushions and letting the other cat sniff these. Though, as you probably visit your girl friend now and then they've been able to smell each others scents on your clothing.

You should start to introduce the kitties slowly to each other by brining down your friends cat. Put both cats down opposite of each other but make sure your kitty can retreat if she feels the need to by providing her with a hiding place.

Do not intervene unless the cats start hissing and growling to each other- in this case you should pick up your girlfriends cat and try again the next day.

I'd also advise you to invest in a feliway diffuser:

http://www.feliway.com/gb/How-Feliway-R ... -Feliway-R



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