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Behavior & Training > Cat introduction update
Ladybug

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Purred: Sun Oct 21, '12 10:20am PST 
Okay, so after a bad introduction, I've kept Grazie (older cat) and Ladybug (new cat) separated for a week. They eat meals on either side of a glass door and they seem to do this peacefully enough. They have played through the door as well (I have opened it a crack), and it's mostly peaceful although if they get into a staredown, Ladybug will hiss. Grazie seems nonplussed at the hissing.

Today I finally opened the door and let Grazie into the same room as Ladybug. At first, they weren't close to each other but then, just as had happened prior to the re-introduction, Grazie chased Ladybug under the bed and Ladybug started hissing. There was no physical fight at that time, but I was anxious because in the past it always let to a physical altercation, so I immediately separated them.

Tonight I will feed them again from either side of the door, but should I start putting them in the same room more often and for longer periods at this point? What if Grazie just chases Ladybug back under the couch, and she's hissing and Grazie is all aggitated? Do I leave them be unless it gets out of control? Before the re-intro, every time Grazie saw Ladybug, she chased her into a corner or under the couch, and there might be a bit of a violent scuffle with, of course, the worst noise ever.

I'm trying to be patient but right now I'm not sure of the next steps or how long to continue with each step, you know?

Does anyone have further words of wisdom?? Thank you!
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Behavior & Training > Introducting a new cat
Ladybug

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Purred: Tue Oct 9, '12 1:56pm PST 
It is helpful to see a post about having all girls in the house. So there's hope. The funny thing is... my first cats, Whatnot (f) and Fiddlehead (m) lived fairly peacefully together for 15 years. But occasionally one or the other would instigate a rip roaring fight, leaving fur all over the place. Because it didn't happen all the time, it didn't bother me to the extent that I worry about Ladybug not working out. But you've both helped me out with your responses...thanks. I will post updates. Maybe I will have Ladybug start a blog so folks can follow. Thanks again.
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Behavior & Training > Introducting a new cat

Ladybug

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Purred: Tue Oct 9, '12 5:34am PST 
It's been a week. I've not heard from anyone. frown Things are interesting here. Ladybug pretty much stays in my bedroom and office, where she feels safest. If Grazie sees her, she chases her and then there is hissing, growling, and batting, and sometimes full on wrestling. But this morning after the hissing standoff after the chase, Grazie ran out of the room. Both cats have pheromone collars on. I am hoping that if they both smell each other and they smell alike, maybe that will help things simmer down. It's been 10 days...and I know sometimes they say it can take months, so I'm trying hard to be patient. Would love some encouragement, though!
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Behavior & Training > Introducting a new cat

Ladybug

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Purred: Wed Oct 3, '12 2:04pm PST 
I know this is a common issue but I need a bit of support and reassurance. I brought home a new kitty on Saturday. I jumped the gun a bit and let Ladybug (1-year-old female) out into the house with Grazie, my 4-year-old female was around. For a day, everything seemed quite good...sniffing and some growling and hissing but nothing big. Then last night and this morning, there was an all out attack (well, a chase...no blood was shed; I'm not even sure they touched, but the noise was horrible and I was so afraid for Ladybug!). I was able to distract Grazie rather easily (in this situation) to move away and then got a water bottle to keep her away. I'm now taking a step back and starting over with the introduction. I'm a bit impatient but am hoping this will work out because Ladybug is such a love and I don't want to have to bring her back to the shelter. They're separated now and tomorrow I will try to be good and keep them separated but this little part in me keeps thinking that the next time Grazie chases Ladybug into a corner and makes all those horrible noises, as long as there is no physical fighting, I need to let it run its course (standing close by, of course). I think I get a little freaked out because I'm so worried, like I said, that Ladybug will be hurt. Can someone give me some reassurance that it's still VERY early and things could turn around? Help! cry

p.s. Is there a way to set it so that it's not a pet author but a person author?
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Whatnot has crossed over

Fiddlehead

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Purred: Tue Dec 8, '09 7:21pm PST 
To Tyler et al.,

What was more horrifying is that we lost them one day apart, not two months apart. However, Fiddlehead, our remaining cat, is doing very well, which is keeping us going right now.
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Cat Health > Vick's Vapor Inhaler
Fiddlehead

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Purred: Thu Nov 26, '09 7:12pm PST 
Has anyone used this with cats? Is it safe?

http://www.vicks.com/products/vapor-inhaler

I was thinking that it doesn't actually put medicine in their noses so maybe it would be helpful, but of course I don't want to use anything that might be dangerous.

Thoughts?
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Cat Health > Fiddlehead's URI

Fiddlehead

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Purred: Thu Nov 26, '09 7:06pm PST 
Whoops, the above post was supposed to be from Fiddlehead. smile
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Cat Health > Fiddlehead's URI

Whatnot (1994-2009)

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Purred: Thu Nov 26, '09 7:05pm PST 
It makes me so hopeful to hear from others who have dealt with this and come out the other side. How long can it take for the illness to run its course?

He's on antibiotics (azithromycin) and I just started Lysine today...I bought 500mg caplets at CVS and crushed them and put it in water. I only got about half down him before he clearly stated he was done, but it's a start. He's trying very hard to rest. Also very clingy...really wants to sit on my lap constantly! Maybe he'll finally make it over the hump soon!
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Cat Health > Fiddlehead's URI

Fiddlehead

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Purred: Thu Nov 26, '09 3:32pm PST 
Thanks for the responses. I can't say that Fiddlehead is any better, but he's not necessarily worse. He is congested more than drippy today, which seems to be more exhausting, but he also seems to have figured out that he is alone, missing his sister and brother. He is following me around everywhere. He acts like he wants to eat but then shows no interest. I did get all of his meds and baby food and water into him. I talked to the vet about L-Lysine and I bought some, but it has to be compounded or I guess I just mush up the capsule and then mix that up with water and use a syringe (I have TONS of those from past meds I've had to give). I'm making some baked chicken now to see if he'll have any.

I've also been trying some warm compresses on his face and nose. He seems to enjoy that a little. And we sat in the bathroom for 15 minutes with the shower on super hot for moisture.

Thanks for the hope that he can get through this. I hope so!
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Get Well Soon > Fiddlehead ailing and mourning
Fiddlehead

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Purred: Wed Nov 25, '09 5:52am PST 
I agree...this CANNOT be happening to me, right? We are now wondering how we brought a virus into the house and whether we need to accept the ultimate ending here. And we want more kitties, but I would fear the virus is being brought in BY us, and I don't want anymore sick cats for a while. I'm waiting for the vet to call me back...just to find out more about what to expect as the illness progresses. I will leave him alone if I think it will be better than trying to force feed/water him, and force meds down (because he's on regular meds that have nothing to do with the URI, and I can't get him to do anything right now). This is by far the most horrible, painful thing I've ever been through. Maybe if all the kitties and their humans put their heads together and wished him well, it would work!!! smile
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