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Offline Tikhon.of.Colorado

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any cat owners on the forum?
« on: May 24, 2011, 08:36:15 PM »
Today at the animal shelter I played with the most beautiful cat.  She's about one year old.  We are going to pick her up tomorrow.  To those of you who have adopted animals:  was it difficult getting them used to your current pets? 

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Re: any cat owners on the forum?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2011, 08:41:21 PM »
Hey, Trevor.

Some questions:

What pets do you already have?
How old are they?
Are they socialised with other animals?
Are they generally friendly/content/confident/extraverted?
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Re: any cat owners on the forum?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011, 08:54:20 PM »
Hey, Trevor.

Some questions:

What pets do you already have?
How old are they?
Are they socialised with other animals?
Are they generally friendly/content/confident/extraverted?

I have:  one jack rustle (4 years), one Chihuahua(5 years), one teacup chihuahua(1 1/2 years), and one other cat (4 years).

they are all, except for the chihuahua, socialized with other animals.  They are friendly and content generally, with exception to our chihuahua, who can be a bit territorial some times.

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011, 09:02:17 PM »
Hey, Trevor.

Some questions:

What pets do you already have?
How old are they?
Are they socialised with other animals?
Are they generally friendly/content/confident/extraverted?

I have:  one jack rustle (4 years), one Chihuahua(5 years), one teacup chihuahua(1 1/2 years), and one other cat (4 years).

they are all, except for the chihuahua, socialized with other animals.  They are friendly and content generally, with exception to our chihuahua, who can be a bit territorial some times.

There will be other people here who know better than me, but the best way to try to ensure it all goes properly is to confine the new cat in a particular part of the house for at least a few days, if not a fair bit longer. That way, the other animals will get used to her smell and will have time to adjust to the idea of another animal being in the house. Then you can slowly expose the pets to each other in a controlled way that doesn't cause them to go into sensory overload.

Does the cat you're adopting seem to have an outgoing and chilled personality or does she seem a bit shy? It will help that she's young.

Obviously your dogs get on okay with your other cat, so you should be fine, but these things can be a bit unpredictable.
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Re: any cat owners on the forum?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011, 10:14:30 PM »
i second the other poster. At first confine the new pet to the separate room. Other animals will smell her and will react in some way so this is to help them to get used to the smell of the new pet. However, I only did it overnight with a new cat and it was ok, especially if your animals are fairly friendly. Usually if cat is friendly enough it may take few weeks for her to get aclimated but if she is shy it may take a while(took over a year for one of my cats to get used to everything and not run under the bed at the slightest sound)so its just depends. Be patient and talk to your vet if you have question, usually they are happy to help
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011, 06:22:22 AM »
Congratulations on the new critter.   :)
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Re: any cat owners on the forum?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011, 09:26:50 AM »
Keeping the kitty separate for a day or so is good advice.  I probably should have done it when we got the kitten but it turned out well after a few immediate issues.  If the cat still has it's front claws, it will probably be self-sufficient anyway.

The main thing you will need to watch for is that problems will probably come from your existing pets.  Especially the ankle biters.  The terrier should be ok.  I would bet on some initial reactions from the other cat as well.  When we brought the kitten (Beebee) home the older cat, Booboo, who is the most chillaxed cat ever immediately started hissing and spitting and swiping at Bee.  We gave Booboo a quick smack and that afternoon they were sleeping together and licking each other. 

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