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emmit
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From:Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
Registered: Nov 2003

posted 11-30-2003 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for emmit     Edit/Delete Message
I have 2 cats, 6 months and 11 months, they get on like a house on fire. i have gotten a new cat, it had been dumped and a lady has been looking after her unitl she found a new home. this is the 2nd day i've had her and she won't eat or drink. She hisses at my other cats. the lady said she is about 1year old. i can also give her back if things don't work out. I love cats and i wanted her to have a good home. any advice???

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Caitlyn
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From:Hull, UK
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posted 11-30-2003 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Caitlyn     Edit/Delete Message
Hiya
I can totally relate to this problem. I had exactly the same thing when I took on a new cat. I had two cats that were very close and were not happy in the slightest about the new addition. The whole thing was a bit of a nightmare for about 5 months. Though I am happy to report that they now all get on wonderfully, and when the youngest was taken to the vet and had to stay recently the other two pined something I never expected!

How to solve it is hard, some people advocate looking the newcomer in a room away from the other two and slowly introducing the cats to each other, I have to say this didn't work for me, mostly because I wasn't aware that you were supposed to do this before I let them all get to meet each other. So having already let them all go together the problems with hissing and fighting started and we had to feed the kitten in a different room for the first few weeks. Basically the boss cat of our house beat the cat into submission but he kept trying to fight her back. This got worse as he got older as he wasn't neutered! We got him done and this made the situation much better, though it still wasn't perfect.
I think really what solved it was time and realising that all the cats needed their own private time from each other, that they needed to be able to 'get away' from one and other. That along with love and attention and they are now finally getting along.

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emmit
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From:Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
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posted 11-30-2003 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for emmit     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for your advice, but now i have a BIG problem!!! she has run away, i live in a estate but my house backs onto bush. now its time for some bush walking looking for my new addition, wish me luck....

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 11-30-2003 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Put some food out near the house at night, she might come back looking for food.

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emmit
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From:Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
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posted 12-01-2003 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for emmit     Edit/Delete Message
Well she came back, but as soon as she saw me she ran. i tried to call her but i think shes scared. i put some food out and there is always water. i think she ate the food, other wise some other animal did. hmmm....?

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 12-01-2003 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Keep putting food out. If she's a smart cat she will come get it. She probably is scared. My cat was really scared when I finally found her after she got lost.

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