My new kitty

gibby2015August 16, 2013

One of my three cats died a few months ago and I swore I wasn't going to get another cat as I think two really is a good number of cats for me personally. But I started feeling kind of sorry for one of the remaining cats who was very close pals with the cat who died. I hated the thought of him going the rest of his life without a buddy. My other cat is not a buddy and never will be. So here's the new guy - kind of a snowshoe Siamese mix - four years old. Very very friendly like my Siamese cat who needs a friend. I've had him a week now and slowly introducing them to each other and it's going well. This poor little guy had been living at the shelter since March. Cute and sweet as he is I guess he just couldn't compete with all the kittens.

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Your new boy is beautiful ! Congrats on your new addition :)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:32PM
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spedigrees z4VT

What a striking cat! Congratulations on your new kitty. Siamese and Siamese mixes have such great personalities.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:38PM
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wow, he is a beauty! So cute. He' looks thrilled like he knows he's finally got a home, really. I hope the two get to be buds. Let us know how it goes! It's so much fun when they hit it off. I love taking in older kitties too. So happy for him!!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:58PM
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Beautiful! I hope he turns out to be a Best Friend Forever.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 11:10PM
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Thumbs up for adopting an adult cat. They truly do have a hard time competing against a kitten, and that's sad. Kittens don't stay kittens very long..........but a cat can live decades. One of my best cats ever was a siamese/tabby mix adopted when she was past the tiny, furball stage. She was as devoted and demonstrative as a dog, quirky and I adored her.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 8:41AM
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Congrats on the new addition to the family! He's a lucky boy!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:36AM
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He is seriously cute and adorable, lol.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 1:33PM
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What a looker, his markings are beautiful. God Bless you for adopting a shelter cat, you are an angel and he will reward you with love for the rest of his life.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 3:05PM
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I'm so glad that you put your cat's best interest ahead of your own preference regarding the number of felines you could accept into your family. That was a great kindness you did for your lonely boy. Your new boy is quite cute with his Jimmy Durante nose. I hope that lonely boy and new boy develop a great and lasting friendship.


    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 7:14PM
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Here are all three of them somewhat peacefully coexisting. Not leaving them alone unsupervised though.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 2:39PM
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LOL! When I saw this photo, I thought, "This photo looks like it's taken in my neck of the woods." I had to go to your member page and see where you're located. Sure enough, you're here in MN! I'm even going to venture a guess that you're somewhere up here in northern MN with me. Looks like you're on one of our 10,000 lakes. Sheesh, your furniture even looks familiar!

That's a very encouraging photo of the cats. No open warfare is always a good sign.


    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 4:26PM
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spedigrees z4VT

Aw Gibby, what a beautiful trio of cats you have. They look very peaceful and relaxed, even your newcomer. That looks like a cat-friendly room with all the windows for them look out at birds and wildlife. Glad to hear that all seems to be going well!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 7:47PM
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What a good group! lol

On a side note, I think I'll move to MN!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 11:28PM
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murraysmom Zone 6 OH

Looks like kitty heaven to me!! Lucky kitties to have such a wonderful home!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 5:39PM
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He's beautiful...he looks ultra soft, too!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 9:49PM
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he;s beautiful and best of luck to all three that live in harmony!!!

hooray for you for adopting and saving a life!!!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 3:44PM
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gibby - is that Tucker in the picture? How is he doing? I remember when you brought him home and had him in the bathroom at first.

Nice to hear he has a friend again.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 4:24PM
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Yes that's Tucker and he is great! He needs a pal though. The latest newcomer has now taken over the bathroom. It was a guest bathroom but has become more of a cat bathroom.

This post was edited by gibby3000 on Wed, Aug 21, 13 at 18:36

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 6:26PM
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Setback today - after all seemingly getting along reasonably well and keeping their distance, new cat aggressively attacked Tucker this morning and scared the daylights out of him before he escaped and hid under the bed. The new cat is now back in the bathroom. He was out last night for the first time at night and there were no cat fights. Not sure what got into him this morning but clearly he's not ready to be out unsupervised. I feel terribly bad isolating the new cat in the bathroom and terribly bad for poor Tucker. I've never had aggressive cat behavior like this before when introducing new cats into the household. Hard to imagine them being buddies at this point.....

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 4:18PM
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Unfortunately, I've had considerable difficulty integrating adult males into my existing clowder. In my experience, the cats most likely to display this sort of aggressive behavior are males who were neutered after reaching sexual maturity. My males who were neutered before 6 mos of age have rarely demonstrated a problematic degree of aggression toward other cats, though a couple of them can be aggressively playful.

My guess is that your new boy was neutered late, after having developed tomcat behaviors. He may or may not mellow out any time soon, though it's too early to give up on him yet. When I integrate a potentially aggressive adult male into my pride, I put the aggressor into a kitty harness (NOT a collar) and light leash, and keep him leashed to me when he is at liberty in the household. I allow him to lead me around the house at his will, but the leash allows me to instantly stop any aggressive behavior toward any of the other cats. It doesn't take long for the harnessed cat to learn that aggressive behavior is not allowed.

Once the aggressor is reliably minding his manners on-leash, I drop the leash and allow him to drag it behind him as he moves freely around the house. This is done strictly under my supervision so that I can make a quick grab for the leash if misbehavior ensues.

If the newbie continues to integrate smoothly, I will remove the leash but keep the harness on the cat when he is at large in the house (again, to make it easier for me to grab him, if need be). If all remains peaceful, I will ultimately remove the harness, as well.

This process may take hours, days, weeks, or months, depending on the individual cats involved. Until the integration is complete, the newbie is kept separated when not under my close supervision.

Even if the integration is accomplished successfully so that there is no more significant aggression, Tucker may not ever trust the new boy to the extent of developing a close relationship with him ... or he may. It'll depend on how forgiving Tucker decides to be, how much he wants to cultivate this new potential friendship, and how successful you are at preventing any future aggressive attacks by the new boy.


    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 10:27PM
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Ya, that's what I'm afraid of now - that they will never really get along. Last 24 hours have been uneventful and Tucker seems back to normal. The new guy is kept in "solitary confinement" as DH refers to it when we're not around to supervise. We'll see how the weekend goes when we have more time out of solitary.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 10:54AM
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No solitary confinement this weekend and no problems - just an occasional minor hiss. They all even slept on the bed together one night, albeit a couple feet apart. Hopefully we are beyond the major hurdles.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 10:50PM
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Let them sniff and visit under the door. That has worked well in my household, where new kitties are isolated until for some time until all second round of blood tests are cleared for transmittable diseases. It also gives everyone time and space to adjust to each other's presence.

As far as late neuters, that might very well be true frequently but two of mine (that I can think of) were both late neuters and love other cats, male or female. I also had a really bad integration (involving 3) and it all worked out but took over a year. Unusual, but it happens! I would never expect it to happen quickly, although that happens frequently enough too, lol.

Good luck with them working things out. Looks like a mellow crew!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 11:07PM
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Thanks snookums - we're past the sniffing under the door stage and past medical quarantine. They're all out together now and continuing to get along reasonably well though not loving each other yet. I think it's going well considering it's only been a few weeks and especially after the fur flying encounter.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 10:50AM
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spedigrees z4VT

Glad to hear things seem to be working out. I've never integrated a new cat into the household without a spitting match, so the fur flying argument was probably inevitable. Hopefully they settled things and have moved on now.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 11:20AM
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