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Hello fellow cat lovers,

I joined this forum in hopes that I can gain some advice on my current situation with my cat Oscar. Oscar was a stray cat that I took indoors about 3 years ago because he had very bad breathing issues, malnourished, etc. Before I did so, I made sure I took him to the vet to run tests and get his shots. I wanted to help this cat because I felt like if I didn't he would have not survived the winter outside and died. Oscar had very aggressive behavior in the beginning, which was to be expected because he had to learn how to fend for himself outdoors, and in some ways he has calmed down a lot since then. He is very affectionate with adults, but not so much so with kids and other cats. That's the problem I've been dealing with for 3 years, Oscar does not get along with my other 2 cats who are brother and sister(Lou and Zoey). Lou and Zoey have been house cats since they were little and are very mellow, lovable and easy going cats. When I first brought Oscar into my house, I did separate him from my other cats. He lived mainly in my finished basement so he had his own space. I tried to slowly introduce them using Jackson Galaxy's methods, as well as using multi-cat diffusers, treats, etc. All of this effort without much success as Oscar escaped the basement on a few occasions immediately chasing and starting fights with my other 2 cats. These were not just ordinary scuffles, they were full blown fights with hair flying everywhere. Oscar has to be constantly supervised and kept away from my other cats. I have run out of ideas, and have considered the option of surrendering him to a local no kill shelter in town thinking he might stand a chance of getting rehomed with someone who has no other animals. I feel bad because I have never had to consider surrendering an animal before. I LOVE cats and even grew up around a bunch of dogs. I just don't know what else to do. My questions are: Do you think rehoming Oscar is what is best for him? Have any of you been in similar situations and considered prozac or other medicines to help calm the behavior? Do those meds really work well with cat aggression? Is there any other advice you can offer that you feel would help me with doing what is right for Oscar? Oh by the way, yes, Oscar is fixed. Thank you for reading.

Brian
 

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Yes, I've been in the same situation. I took in a cat who started out nice, but all of a sudden hated the twins. And she was a tiny cat. I tried kitty prozac with her, separation, baby gates, etc. For a year and a half. I will always regret my decision to try for so long. We were all unhappy and it wasn't to fair to any of my girls. I don't consider rehoming a bad word, sometimes we're just the middle man to find the perfect place. And I did. She ended up in a house with no other cats and became the most spoiled little cat in the world and the absolute love of a little girl's life.
 

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Thank you for your reply. Do you have any recommendations for efficient ways of rehoming without surrendering to a shelter? I would like to be able to rehome him myself to limit the transitional stress on him. Thanks again.
 

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Well, I used Craigslist, which a lot of people frown upon. But I screened people very carefully, and the family that eventually adopted her gave me a link to their Facebook page so I could see all about them. I don't use Next Door, but that might be a good option, too.

This was my little Gigi, and I sobbed like a baby handing her over, but it really was the best thing for everyone. They kept me updated for a while, which was nice.


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I had to rehome a cat one time because I inherited him and he made my home and my other cat miserable. I kept trying for 3 years because I had made a promise, but after I rehomed him I wished I had done it sooner.

I also used Craig's List.
there is no reason for people to frown on that particular ad space. Like any other, you just have to take the reasonable precautions.

I buy and sell things on CL regularly and I found my current house (which I own), another person's home which they bought, and one of my dogs on CL. I have even found friends on CL.

The thing is, you have to do your due diligence which means talking at length with the people who are interested, asking them pertinent questions, going to see their home, and so on. Full disclosure to them for all of his quirks, and make sure they are OK with all of it. Observe how they act when they come to meet the cat, and how he acts. And go with your gut on who you choose to rehome him to.
 

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Hello C. If you have any doubts about re-homing Oscar, it may be worth talking to your Vet about putting him on an anti-anxiety med and see how he does. After several botched attempts at getting my Kate into a carrier, her Vet gave her a low dose of anti-anxiety meds and it worked great, but I only use it for Vet appnts and not long-term. I have read that some cats respond well and others do not. If not and you decide to re-home him, there are online sites like Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet who will post a complimentary listing for individuals who need to re-home a pet. You could also call reputable sites in your area that have virtual shelters that foster cats in people's homes until they're adopted.
 
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