Request for gibby3000....and other multi cat caretakers

annzgwMarch 24, 2014

I've followed your saga :) with your new kitty and wonder if you could share what steps you took in introducing her to your other cats? If there's another thread that discusses it please let me know and I'll try to find it by searching.
I ask because later this summer I may be taking in my DM's cat and I'm curious as to how you went about the introduction itself. DM's cat is declawed and has a personality similar to my cat (a manx)......indoor only, relaxed, no litter issues, rarely meows except when hungry, and doesn't ask for a lot of attention. All in all, perfect cats on their own.
My cat is 4 yrs old and the other, also a female, is 5+ yrs. DM has had the cat less than a year but DM's health and age (95) are beginning to make it difficult for her to care for the cat.

I've been reading all I can about introducing cats and downloaded a good book titled Cat vs Cat last night, but the info doesn't sound very encouraging. Hopefully the authors are giving the worst case scenarios so that owners follow the introduction steps carefully.
It would be very helpful for me to hear from those that have introduced adult cats to their household and what the outcome was.

Thanks for any advice!

This post was edited by annz on Tue, Mar 25, 14 at 12:31

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I'm not Gibby, but I can offer you a link to the integration story of three young adult toms into my feline household back in 2005. Each cat presented different integration challenges, and all of the strategies I used during the process were described in the story. It's a long read, but I think you might find it both entertaining and educational.


Here is a link that might be useful: The Integration of the Three Mouseketeers

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 3:09PM
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Other than my first two cats who were kittens and litter mates, everyone else came into the household as an adult stray/shelter cat. So I had four good situations before my one bad one when the cat I adopted from a shelter was just too aggressive with one of my resident cats. It just wasn't going to work out so he went back to the shelter and I got the current "new" cat who gets along great.

I've always just brought the new one in and kept it in isolation for awhile both for health reasons and so they can get used to the idea of each other. I think I've usually kept the new cat confined for a couple weeks before I let them take a look at each other through the crack in the door. Depending on how that goes I might do that for a little while until I let them out together under supervision. Usually once the new cat has been out they don't want to go back into isolation but I don't leave them unattended together until they seem to be tolerating each other without a lot of hissing and growling.

Other than the one failed adoption the rest have grown to tolerate each other somewhere between two to four weeks. Some have become buddies, some have just peacefully coexisted. One of my first cats didn't become buddies with a newcomer for a few years until after his littermate died. The newest one became buddies with one cat after a week. The other cat just tolerates the newer one.

In one case I kept a new cat isolated for several months because he was very badly wounded, had to have a couple surgeries and had massive parasite infestation. By the time he finally got out everyone got along fine.

Hope this helps and hope everything works out with your situation.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 9:27PM
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