I just got adopted and am very shy and skittish. I am having problems getting along with my new "sister" Please help!
I am 5 years old, and just got adopted into a new family after being moved around for a few weeks. It seemed as though I got moved every time I got comfortable, so I'm really nervous now. Meowmy and Daddy have another cat, Maggie, who is 8 months old. She is very sweet and outgoing, but I'm not sure if I like her yet. She eats my food sometimes, even though it's not near hers, and sometimes she goes in my litterbox... and I REALLY don't like that! I don't want Meowmy and Daddy to be afraid to hold and love me, but I'm very hiss-ful at the moment... though I have had a few saving moments of sweetness. Please help me get accustomed to my new home!
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I am very glad that you found a new home! Make sure that you have at least one litterbox more than you have cats in the house (in this case, 3). Also, a thermal pad might help calm you down, even though you are older. It will be soothing. It is always hard to adjust to new situations, so remember, patience, patience, patience. Also, pet stores offer a product called Calm Down which might help relax you until you get settled. They can give it to you directly or they can dilute it in your water. They make plug-ins for cats called Comfort Zone which also helps to ease the tension. Keeping you and your fellow catmate in seperate quarters for a period of time might not hurt either. Supervised time would be okay, but it may just take time, patience and love for this to work out. I hope everything turns out okay. I was an only cat until Poe came into the house and even though she was sick, it was still an adjustment. Good Luck!
Chaucer answered on Mar 2nd.
It's always a good idea to keep new kitty and resident kitty separated for a while, and you don't mention that you were. You need to stay in your own room for a while, with a litter box and some food until you get used to the sounds, smells and atmosphere of your new home, and Maggie gets used to you. I know you will get along with her sooner or later, but for right now, you need your safe space.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/2/08. Helpful? / 0
My foster mommy says it is always important to keep a new kitty in its own room with its own private feeding area and potty box for at least a week if not longer so that kitty can get used to living at your house. She suggests you seperate them now even if you haven't seperated them in the past. This is important. Than as the new kitty gets comforable you can exchange bedding and let them get used to each others smells and then slowly introduce them to one another. I suggest reading lots of websites on bringing home a new kitty to help you out. Best of luck... Sending much love, Freddie! :)
Freddie (Adopted!!!) answered on 3/2/08. Helpful? / 0