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meesher94@yahoo.com
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posted 01-01-2004 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for meesher94@yahoo.com     Edit/Delete Message
We have two cats -- one is a 3-year-old female and the other is a almost one-year-old male. We want to get a 3rd cat, but we are concerned that our male cat might gang up on the new cat or they will both hate her (we thought it would be better to get a female). Does anyone have any advice or insight into whether this is a good idea? Thanks so much!

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posted 01-01-2004 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. Welcome to the site. It's always a bit difficult when you introduce a new pet to other members of your cat family. How do the two cats get along? Are they both spayed and neutered? There are a few members here that have a lot of cats. I'm sure they will be of the most help to you. Just keep checking your post to see if these people have replied.

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meesher94@yahoo.com
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posted 01-01-2004 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for meesher94@yahoo.com     Edit/Delete Message
thanks so much! yes, they are fixed and they get along great. my concern is that the new cat will be left out. any advice you have is more than appreciated!

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posted 01-02-2004 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. I guess the people that have a lot of cats didn't see your post. Anyway, I found a web-site that may be helpful to you. I know your main concern is that your cats will not be too happy about having a third cat around. You're probably right. It's very rare when a new cat enters the home and is welcomed with open 'paws.' However, that does not mean that they will eventually not all get along. One of the things that they mentioned on the web-site below is that it's better to adopt either a cat who has lived with other cats before or a kitten. Just click on the web-site below and see if any of the information there may be of help to you. If you have more questions, just post again. We are all here to help you.
http://www.ivillage.com/pets/cats/behavior/articles/0,,167006_16788,00.html

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posted 01-02-2004 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kameko     Edit/Delete Message
Hey there! Getting a third cat depends on a lot of things, first the disposition of your existing two and the disposition of the third! I have three, we had the kitten Kameko first, then brought in two rescues who had lived together with three other cats. The two adults, Boo and Shy, weren't happy with ANYTHING at first, but they left the kitten alone and then one day they just all got along. For the most part anyway, they still lose their patience with the baby, (who is 4 now and outweighs them both by half). When this happens the hissing and spitting starts, but it's low-key, she gets the message and wanders off someplace to sleep it off. Just make sure if you get a third that you introduce it slowly, keep it in a "confined" space so that the other two don't feel intruded upon and let them get used to it. Keep an eye on them all and let the other one have more space a little at a time until they are all used to the idea. If you have happy well adjusted cats which I'm sure you do, it should all go fine with a little caution. Hope it works out well for you!

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posted 01-03-2004 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
If your current cats get along well I think there is a good possibility that they will easily accept a new kitten.
You can try introducing them right away and see what happens. If all goes well, I would still recommend confining the kitten until its a bit older at night or when you leave the house....just to be safe. If your resident cats are not accepting to the kitten or vise versa you can confine the kitten to a seperate room for a few days where they can adjust to each others scents through closed doors and you can also exchange bedding, toys, ect. between them. After a few days you can begin short, supervised introductions allowing the kitten out of the confined room for a few minutes each day for several days...until they at least seem to tolerate one another.
I've never had any problems intoducing kittens to my adults...hopefully you will have the same luck. Keep us posted.

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posted 01-03-2004 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for replying to this post, Nern.

(Nern has 6 kitties!)

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meesher94@yahoo.com
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posted 01-04-2004 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for meesher94@yahoo.com     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for all your replies. I think you are all right about introducing the new cat. My cats get along well and they will undoubtedly be upset about the new kitty, but will hopefully adjust.
We went to pick up the new kitty yesterday and they discovered her sister had "mouth ulcers," so needless to say, we didn't pick up the new cat b/c we were afraid the virus would spread to our cats. The "foster mom" is going to keep an eye on her for a week and we will probably pick her up next weekend. Do you think this is a good idea to wait, or should we not get her b/c of the virus scare? Any replies would be appreciated. Thanks!

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posted 01-04-2004 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
It depends on what kind of mouth ulcers the cat has. Did they by any chance tell you the name of the mouth ulcer?

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meesher94@yahoo.com
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posted 01-04-2004 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for meesher94@yahoo.com     Edit/Delete Message
I'm am obviously not an expert in this, but the lady said it was the "C" in the "FVRCP" vaccination they are given. I really don't know what this is, so any insight you have would help. Do you think I should post another msg. with this question?

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posted 01-04-2004 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
It stands for: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus.

Here is a good web-site for you to get information about it. After you read it, you can decide if you still need furthur help and then you can post a seperate post on this topic.
http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/calicivirus/

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