best way to introduce 2 cats to each other...

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  1. ma2babygurl13

    ma2babygurl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is the scoop I had a kitten I had rehomed several months back. Since then I rescued "rags" from my parents farm she had lived outside for the past 7 years, she can be quite rotten attitude wise at times. She has adjusted well to life on the inside. I have now been contacted by "mater"'s adopter to take him back. He is about 8 months old. He is unaltered, and was quite rambunctious when he left here. "rags" is fixed, and I plan to get "mater"fixed soon after coming back. My husband is opposed to the Idea of him coming back. But his adopter went to CA for Christmas and has decided to stay there leaving "Mater" homeless (he is currently staying with his adopter's friend but she cannot keep him) She says if he doesn't find a home by Tuesday she is sending him to the shelter as a stray... SO my question is, what is the best way to get "Mater" and "Rags" accustomed to sharing the house together with out too much of a struggle. Or would it be in the best interest to say see ya later mater and hope he finds a home?
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I would introduce them like this..." Mater, this is Rags". "Rags this is Mater" [​IMG] Sorry, the devil made me do it! [​IMG]
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a cranky fixed female indoor cat who is presently adjusting to a younger fixed male, recently introduced. Both are allowed out when they want, but they don't want if it is cold or raining. They chase and hiss and growl, but no bloodshed, and they've had a couple of weeks. I don't suppose they'll ever be friends because the female is such a jerk, but they are tolerating each other and sharing (not at the same time) a single litter box and dry food bowl. I keep a water squirt bottle handy and squirt for growling and hissing if I get a chance, though usually one sees me reach for it and runs off.

    I figure they'll both survive.
     
  4. ma2babygurl13

    ma2babygurl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My biggest fear is one or both of them starting to mark. Of course serious injury to each other. But also for my childrens safety. I have a 1 year old and a 2 year old. If I have nervous cats I am afraid they might bite my kids. (or me but I can handle it)
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I let my cats smell each others scent first....
    Like rub mater down good with a hand towel... then let the other cat smell it... just leave it out all day for him to keep smelling.
    let them smell and HEAR each other through a door... or gate for a few days also....
    Also.... rub one cat down with a dry towel... then take the SAME towel and rub down the other cat... and do it again...... so their scents kinda "mingle".... on each other... (does that make sense?) [​IMG]
    Genrally though..cats WILL work it out themselves... there WILL be spats... but they will usually pass once the other cat learns its place....
     
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  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Your biggest problem is probably that the one is still unneutered. If that could be done muy pronto, like before you take him home, it'd be better... but it does not sound like your friend's timeline is flexible enough for that.

    That being the case, I'd suggest getting him altered on the way home if at all possible [​IMG] (but, seriously) and then keep him in a separate room for a few days to get over the surgery. Then you can either go the slow and cautious route -- put up a temporary screen or glassed door between the two, and introduce each separately to the other's part of the house, and so forth and so on -- or just say ah the heck with it and open the door and see what happens.

    I've done it in pretty much all possible ways over the years and have come to the conclusion that "they're cats". They are inexplicable and do whatever they want, no matter what YOU do. Truthfully the eight or so cat introductions I've done have all turned out some variety of very well in the end, although sometimes the first days or weeks were a bit lumpy. As long as your house or apartment is not teeny and there are places for cats to get away by themselves -- particularly if there are *vertical* places to go, like atop furniture or kitchen cabinets, they really like that -- then I think the chances of it working out for you are pretty good.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  7. Mak

    Mak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First thing is to get the boy neutered asap. Before you bring him into the house if at all possible. If he starts marking, it may continue even after neutering. then I'd keep him in a separate room for a while, door closed. Let your cat sniff him under the door and vice versa. Get him used to you - go up to his room, play with him, pet him, etc. Make sure you give your girl attention, too. Introduce them slowly, in a controlled environment, if you can. There will be hissing, growling, even some chasing and fighting. Just don't let anyone get hurt and they will work it out.

    I have 4 now, and when we got the latest, it was a couple months before they all settled down, and they are not all best friends, but they do get along. Patience, patience and more patience.
     
  8. cabincrazyone

    cabincrazyone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Pat and Mak, but in the end it'll all boil down to the two cat's personalities. The wife and I have an old queen somewhat like ddawn's. She walks around the house quoting Nathaniel Hawthorne .... "Give me liberty or give me death". :^)
     
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  9. cabincrazyone

    cabincrazyone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mr. birdaholic :

    I would introduce them like this..." Mater, this is Rags". "Rags this is Mater" [​IMG] Sorry, the devil made me do it! [​IMG]

    I see that you're a smart*** just like me! There are times (the devil makes me) when I think about throwing another cat into the living room with our old crabby poop just to see what would happen. LOL

    [​IMG]
     

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