I want to give another stray a good home but... - Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
Kitten
 
beansandcharlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Kansas
Posts: 5
I want to give another stray a good home but...

I have two wonderful cats and I really want to take in another that is a neighborhood stray. I've know this little guy since he was born from a feral mother, and have gotten him use to me and my husband so much that he could be across the street and I whistle and he comes to me. Now the problem is with one of the cats I already have. My first kitty, a female named Beans, she has always had issues with going outside the litter-box now and again. We fostered another stray last year which we gave to my sister. When we had this stray Beans had more problems going outside the litter-box more. So my concern is if I take in another Beans will have bathroom issues again, but I really want to help out another kitty.

Also I have already looked into a few shelters in the area and they only take animals from the animal control, and I'm scared if I take the stray boy to animal control he might be to shy initially and they could euthanize him.
beansandcharlie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 11:37 AM
Cat Addict
 
Arianwen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: South Wales, UK
Posts: 3,032
I guess it comes down to how bad the problems were and whether you feel you could cope with them.
Arianwen is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 11:57 AM
Tom Cat
 
grrawritsjordi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Indiana
Posts: 474
This may be a stupid question, but when you had all three cats at one time, how many litterboxes did you have? The rule is 1 per cat + 1. We had that problem when we first got the girls, but when we got two boxes (by the rule we should have three) it cleared up.

Some cats like very clean litter.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
grrawritsjordi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 12:11 PM
Senior Cat
 
CJinCA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: SF Peninsula
Posts: 603
In addition to extra litterboxes, you could try feliway, and be sure to follow the slow introduction process.
CJinCA is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 12:15 PM
Tom Cat
 
jadis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Georgia
Posts: 521
I have had alot of success with calming collars, as well as keeping a litterbox in each part of the house so they can have privacy if need be.
jadis is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
Kitten
 
beansandcharlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Kansas
Posts: 5
I think I had three? lol I can't remember for sure... but right now I have four now one in the hallway and the rest in a back room. Would putting another in another room help? also what exactly is a calming collar and where would I get one? And would it help beans from peeing around the house? and what is feliway?
beansandcharlie is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 07:50 PM
Premier Cat
 
Marcia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 8,421
You won't know unles you try. Since she is a stray, be sure and keep her isolated until you get a clean bill of health from the vet - at least 2 weeks!

Cat owners' prayer: "Lord help me be the person my cat thinks I am"
Marcia is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 07:58 PM
Tom Cat
 
grrawritsjordi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Indiana
Posts: 474
Quote:
Originally Posted by beansandcharlie View Post
I think I had three? lol I can't remember for sure... but right now I have four now one in the hallway and the rest in a back room. Would putting another in another room help? also what exactly is a calming collar and where would I get one? And would it help beans from peeing around the house? and what is feliway?
Having them in different parts of the house would be a good idea. Sometimes my cat doesn't realize she has to go to the bathroom until I am cleaning it out or she hears the other one going.. so maybe if you have them in more than one area she will think "Oh, I have to go and here is a convenient litter box!"

A calming collar basically has phermones on it that calms cats down. You can get them at most pet stores, I saw them at PetCo just last night and thought about getting one. It could definitely help with the peeing, especially if it is caused by stress or anxiety. Feliway is the same thing, just a brandname. I think Feliway makes calming collars, but it also comes in a spray and a defuser that you plug in.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
grrawritsjordi is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 08:22 PM
Tom Cat
 
jadis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Georgia
Posts: 521
I buy the calming collars in a three pack at Petsmart...I think $30 for the box of 3 but well worth it. Muffin was bullying Tigerlily a while back and she would pee on the bed, even after a clean bill of health and a clean litterbox three feet away. I closed her off from the bedroom and got the collars for all the cats. She hasn't peed outside the box since, even after I gave her access to the bedroom again. I gave her access to the bedroom after about a month with the calming collar and it's been 4 months total. I don't put them on all the cats anymore, but Tigerlily and the two fosters wear them.
jadis is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 03:21 AM
Premier Cat
 
spirite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Roanoke, Va
Posts: 8,461
I have these collars: NatureCALM 24/7 Feline Calming Pheromone Collar (Upto 15" Neck)

The collars work the same way as sprays like Feliway. They have the odor of cat pheromones, so cats feel more relaxed. I have a spray called At Ease that I got at Petsmart, I think, and I use it every time we take a trip to the vet. It works really well.
spirite 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