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Need Help w/ Introductions

This is a place to gain some understanding of cat behavior and to assist people in training their cats and dealing with common behavior problems, regardless of the method(s) used. Keep in mind that you may be receiving advice from other cat owners and lovers...not professionals. If you have a major problem, always seek the advice of a trainer or behaviorist!

  
Tora

Attacker of- Crinkle Balls!
 
 
Purred: Tue Oct 9, '12 1:43pm PST 
We just brought home a kitten last week, and we're trying to start introductions. I read Kittens for Dummies before she came home, and I've been doing introductions w/ the kitten in the carrier. We have 2 other cats and a dog. I don't believe this kitten has ever seen a dog at all in her life, so it scares her. We bring the dog into her room and we take the kitten into his kennel. Last night we put her in the kennel w/ the dog while she was in her carrier and had her scooted pretty close to the dog w/out any hissing. Our oldest cat approached her carried but stayed about 1ft back. She seems curious, and she doesn't seem like she's gonna be aggressive or anything. Then Ocious (she's about 10) just walked straight up to the carrier not realizing that there was a kitten in there, and then after about 20 secs she hissed loud and ran away. She didn't swipe at the carrier or spit, so is that a good sign?
I just mainly need tips and advice and encouragement. Am I doing this right? Are my fiance and I on the right path?
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Samhain

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Purred: Thu Oct 11, '12 5:59am PST 
I didn't answer yesterday when I saw this - was waiting for someone with more experience, but what the hey? We're kind of in the same boat at the moment (I'm posting in the question about INDOOR/OUTDOOR CATS VS INDOOR ONLY IN A MULTIPLE CAT HOUSEHOLD - might want to read what we've said so far).
Sounds like you're doing everything right. Two tips I thought of were the Feliway wall diffusers (AMAZON $20 or so), plus the simple trick of rubbing a towel, blankie or your hands over one and then over the others, anything to transfer scent from one to another. The dog is an unknown factor for us. These cats in our house now have never interacted with one, though once upon a time we had a small dog and a manx cat at the same time. The dog was afraid of the manx!smile
How are things going today?
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Felix

mon petit chat- noir
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 12, '12 11:20am PST 
You are doing great. Just keep in mind that a new home, new cats & then a doggie on top of it is alot for a little one to adjust to. I personally would work with the cats first, than afterwards start with the pup. It takes time - and of course we always want them all to love each other, but that is not always the case. My Maizy tolerates the boys & that is it. Finally after about 2 months that Felix joined the family, things are quieting down. So patience is key. I also gave Ladybug a few ideas on this forum, so you can check that post too! Good luck!
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Tora

Attacker of- Crinkle Balls!
 
 
Purred: Tue Oct 16, '12 10:19am PST 
The cats aren't very accepting. The older ones are both hissing at our kitten, and the kitten is still hissing at the dog, BUT, Tora is very curious even though she is hissing at the dog. When he goes to lay in his crate she gets on the love seat next to it and sniffs it. She had a moment w/ him the other night and sniffed him, and it was cute for a second, then she hissed and spit at him. I think we're gonna have better luck w/ the dog rather than the older cats. We're only gonna be there for about 7 more months, and then I'm getting married and moving out, but I would still like for them to get along a little better :/
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