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i have a wonderful cat that has a possible home with my family but we are having problems with our cat's territorial behavior. the cat that we have had for the past 2 years is one that was ferrell prior to "her adopting us". she had one encounter with the new cat and was very upset. we seperated them immediately to avoid a fight. any suggestions on how we could get this to work? any suggestions appreciated. thank you.
 

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Im gonna be doing the same thing with my kitties soon too! All I know is keeping the new cat in a carrier & letting the other one sniff around him is good, that way the old cat can get used to the new one's smell. Dont leave them alone together until youre absolutely sure that they get along, and that will take awhile. When youre not home, keep the new cat in another room near the old cat so they can smell and hear eachother through the door. Always supervise their visits, and try to pay equal attention to both of them. Just take it really slow, and gradually give the new cat more freedom with the old cat as they get used to eachother. Hope that helps a little!

 

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It will help if each is familiar with the other one's scent. Put a drop of vanilla on the back of each cat's neck, and also rub both kittens with a towel or whatever bedding they are going to use. Put each towel in the other cat's bed. Supervise, but don't interfere if they play fight, only if they're too rough. Don't rush things if there are serious problems. There are other techniques for that.
 

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Keep them in seperate rooms for now and let them sniff each other under the door. They may still hiss at each other but will be more curious when they are just sniffing like that. Make sure you transfer the other cats scent by doing what Jeannie said with exchanging towels and such and let them get more used to each other. Later you can bring out the kitten in the cage and let the cat sniff the cage... and then let out the kitten later.. All this will take time so just be patient. Hopefully it works out! :lol:
 

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thanks so much for all the responses. let me know of any other ideas that may come up. another question though... how likely is it that the feral cat may never accept the new cat? is there a chance that she might leave because of this intrusion in what she thinks is "only her" home? i am obviously new to the cat world. thanks.
 

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What you should do is set up a room for the new cat. And keep her in there for a few days untill she is comfertable. Let the other cat in while she is in the cage so they can sniff eatchother without hurting eatchother. Then open the door and let her explore the house at her own pace. The other cats will probably try to avoid her at first, but she will be curious and try to sniff them. Wich will probably cause a fight, so keep an eye on that.


Eventually the other cats will except her and become best friends ^^.


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I see you have already iintroduced them and set her loose in the house >.>;. I think keeping them seperated but letting them look at eatchother from across the room.

OR! tie up the cat so he cant move then place the kitten on top of him :twisted: . J/k lol, im out of ideas.
 

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We survived introducing three cats

Hi,

We did the same as kitkat.

1. Kept them in separate quarters and let them sniff each other from under the door.

2. After a week, let them out and monitor their behaviour. If they sniff each other, it's a good sign. If violence occurs, go back to 1.

3. Make sure you pay more attention to your first cat, as he or she may feel very threatened.

4. When apart, give your new cat lots of love too, but not in view of your first cat.

I kept a log of how we introduced two new kittens to our only cat (who is now 12 years old) when the two babies were just 2.5 months. They're getting along okay, but at night I keep them separate to give the older boy some quiet time away from the boisterous kittens.

Feel free to visit their blog at http://threecats.blogspot.com and head to the archives to start. I wrote since day one so it should be a fairly accurate account.

All the best, and thanks for giving a home to another cat! :D

Bests,
Three Cats' Mom
 
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