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garith77
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From:Hamilton, ON, Canada
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posted 07-13-2003 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garith77     Edit/Delete Message

WE reciendly adopted a second cat. Our first is a 1 year old female, and the second the same. We isolated the new cat for 1 week in our bedroom and only let her out for short periods of time when we were around to supervise. The new cat appears to be more dominating the the first cat, but no blood has been shed as of yet only a lot of growling and hissing. We just found some urine under our dining room table and we believe it was our first cat as the other was locked away all weekend while we were away. Is this a common behavior?, can anyone give some adivce on the topic. We already make sure they both have their own litter boxes and dishes, and they are placed far away from each other.

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Cat
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posted 07-13-2003 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Hi

Give them lots of time. It took 3 weeks for my 8 week old kitten and 3 year old cat to get along...Actually the kitten was quite willing to make friends, the older cat had issues...

This will take some time depending on the cats. The peeing maybe a behavioral problem. Many cats will urinate in places other than their litterbox when they are agitated or unser stress. Cat's are sensitive to changes in their environment.

From my past expereince, I suggest Just giving your first cat alot of attention so she doesn't feel rejected or replaced.

Good luck.

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garith77
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posted 07-13-2003 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garith77     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the reply. You said give them lots of time, what about the confrontations? Should we interfear? Celo(new cat) likes to approach Ameretto (first cat)and stare her down and get right in her face. Cleo has no claws and is the bravest cat I've ever seen, Ameretto has claws and she is still scared of Cleo. Should we pull them apart, or will the more dominate cat win in the end, no matter what we do?

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Cat
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posted 07-13-2003 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Hi

Even though my two cats are litter mates (the others I talked about are my mom's cats, formerly my cats), they often get into some mean fights, with hissing, growling, chasing and claws. I will pull them apart. I don't need or want vet bills for a scratched eye or infected cut/bite. (Why do they always aim for the eyes???) If this was me, I would let them check each other out and only intervene when you can see its going to get nasty. I know some peopel don't agree with water bottles, but I would keep a spray bottle (with water only - some people mix it with lemon juice(??)) and seperate them with it or get in between them. Its possible they may never become the best of friends but they will learn to accept each other or at the very least tolerate each others presence.

Over time, you should see a decrease in hissing and growling. Although I'm sure you will see one dominating in the end.

Here are a couple website with some tips on introducing a couple cats to each other. Good luck!
http://www.purina.com/cats/behavior.asp?article=116
http://www.catcaresociety.org/intro.htm
http://www.homevet.com/petcare/petmeet.html#cats

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garith77
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posted 07-14-2003 12:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garith77     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the reply. You said give them lots of time, what about the confrontations? Should we interfear? Celo(new cat) likes to approach Ameretto (first cat)and stare her down and get right in her face. Cleo has no claws and is the bravest cat I've ever seen, Ameretto has claws and she is still scared of Cleo. Should we pull them apart, or will the more dominate cat win in the end, no matter what we do?

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ilovemypets
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From:Tennessee, USA
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posted 07-14-2003 12:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
My sister just adopted anew kitten, and our older cat is not accepting this new kitten. Its been a couple months...And our older cat still growls at this kitten...So I really dunno what to tell you. but use this adice from these ppl!

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lucidity03
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posted 07-14-2003 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
We have four cats of all different ages. When ever we introduced a new cat to the others, they were not in the least bit happy.

We kept them separated and monitored them each time the were in the same room until they were okay with each other.

Like others here have said, it takes time. It took us a couple rough months with the newest kitten, but she now sleeps with the oldest male cat. It's the weirdest thing and cutest thing.

I'm not an expert, but their fightining may be a way of them placing themselves in the household. Our two male cats go at it once in awhile just to reassert their position in the house. The most damage they've done to each other was a scratch on the nose. We do try to break it up by yelling (they're skitterish cats) and sometimes resorting to spray bottles.

I hope that you give it time and patience and it pays off for you. I think they'll learn to at least tolerate each other.

Good luck!

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garith77
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posted 07-14-2003 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garith77     Edit/Delete Message

Thanks everyone

We will give them the time and space they need, don't worry. I was only concerned with Ameretto's behavior. Since we isolated the new cat in our bedroom Ameretto has been ousted and no long sleeps there. The new cat runs her out each night, actually it only happens a couple of times per day. Once during the afternoon and usually once in the middle of the night. The new cat (Cleo) looks like a lioness on the hunt, she actually stalks Ameretto and gets right in her face. Ameretto usually ends up running away or hissing and then running away. The strange thing is Cleo has no front claws and Ameretto does. Cleo has a lot of guts standing only inches from the other cat's claw swips. From the cuts under her chin when we found her the vet believes Cleo was a outdoor scrapper.

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