I'm looking to get some hints or tips as to "how to properly adjust our new third cat in with the other two"!?
Just tonight we received a 6-10 year old male cat from my fiancee's grandfather. This is the male cat's second home in as many weeks as he could not properly adjust to his home at her aunt's (HER female cat hissed and clawed at him for 7 days).
Now I find myself in the same situation already! My two female cats of 1 year are hissing, clawing, etc at this new cat. I understand that it's change and it will take time to get used to things, but how do I do this the best way?
At the moment, I have the new male cat in the office with me (with the door closed). I've moved his food, litter and bed into here and plan to spend the night with him on the Futon. Would this be my wisest choice at the moment... keeping the cats apart?
BTW, I should definately mention that both my female cats displayed quite the hissy fits while at the Vet getting spayed. When I arrived to pick them up, the Vet wished me luck and left for a Coffee. I spent almost 15 minutes getting both to calm down enough that I could handle them into their cages. For some reason, I think they might be associating this new cats smell with that event.
One thing that I've found that helps is to give all the cats a bath and dry them off with the same towels. That way the same cat shampoo scent is all over all of them. This helped my two cats get used to each other. Now they're like sisters.
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Keep the cats seperated at first. When you are home to supervise start small times for interaction between the cats. When you are not there keep them seperate. This will take some time. Time is the most important factor in this case. Expect at least a week for teh ugliness to stop. After that it will take more time for the cats to develop relations and bonderies.
Also remember that cats are not pack animals like dogs. Sometime cats will form close bond with the others, sometimes it becomes a relation of bounderies and respect. Three of our four cats will pile up on the bed and groom each other while the other is a loner cats.
Just give it time and all will be fine. I have been through this plenty of times with foster cats. It is never pretty the first week.
Since my panic post last night, the cat's have been seperated and are currently still rather pissed at eachother. The scary thing is my two female cats began hissing / clawing at eachother last night but that has stopped which is great.
I think I'll get through today with them seperated and tomorrow we'll do a blanket switch and see how things go.
I brought a new puppy home about a month ago. I already had a dog that is about 6 years old. I just put them in the back yard, let them chase each other and fight it out. All in all it took about 3 weeks for them to get use to each other. My dog was always growling and barking at the puppy. but now they play together and sleep together. They seem to have bonded nicely. Again I know dogs are different then cats, but maybe just let them hiss and claw and get it out of their systems, they should adapt to each other sooner or later.
Maybe we're just lucky. We had one cat, and a friend had her alergies further develop, so poof we had three. One had no problem with the current resident while the other, just once, let out this amazing hiss and yowl. After that... they all got along fine.
Then we introduced the ferret. This is the fun part.
The origional resident, loves him. Chases him around the house and they have a great time playing.
The first out-of-towner really couldn't seem to be asked to care one way or the other.
The second out-of-towner... runs! If the ferret comes near him... he goes to the other side of the room. The ferret has never attacked him, only tried to sniff him... what a scardey cat!
We have lots of fun over here... LOL. I'm sure your cats will be fine... just give them some time and make sure you keep giving them equal attention.
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