Alternative Techniques for Introducing Cats?
We've just adopted a second cat from our local shelter. Cat 1 is very loving, easy-going, about 5-6 years old. Cat 2 is about 3 and also very loving and easy-going. We are doing the "slow introduction"--they saw each other briefly, which made Cat 1 cry loudly for a little while, but no fighting, etc. Cat 2 was fine. The problem is, he's so lonely by himself & loves to be around people--he's crying and meowing whenever he's in the "safe room." Are there alternative techniques to introductions that could reassure Cat 1 and keep Cat 2 from being lonely?
on Dec 3rd 2012
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You are doing everything right, except that perhaps you should visit Cat #2 in his "safe room" as often as you possibly can. There are several advantages to this, including that he will become used to your scent and that of #1 and #1 will become used to #2 scents. Take the opportunity, when you visit #2, to play with him and groom him. Occasionally let #2 out of his room and put #1 in there. That's another good way to accustom them to each other. I am assuming both males are neutered. Both sound very social and "people/cat oriented", so the confinement may not need to continue for much longer. When you release #2 into your home, make sure you do supervise them. There will probably be some hissing and swatting as they establish their hierarchy, but unless it gets really nasty, don't interfere and if you need to, be extremely careful. Cat bites and scratches can be serious. Good luck!
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 12/3/12. Helpful? / 2