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Choosing the Right Cat > Bringing in a second cat: adopt a kitten or adult?

Tiger

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Purred: Sun Jan 4, '15 4:20pm PST 
Good to know, thank you! We'll be taking home another adult as soon as he's been neutered - they took another look at the surrender information on the cat we were looking at and discovered she was given up for not getting along with the other resident cats. The new guy was brand new at the no-kill shelter when we went in for a look, and he's very playful, VERY friendly to other cats, and seems confident without being too dominant. We're going to take it slow and see what happens. Based on the behavior of the shelter cat, Dorian's the one who would be a problem if either of them will be. I've googled some good intro protocols, though, and we'll just take it a day at a time.

Thanks for the advice! When I looked into it some more, I decided I agreed with my husband on kittens...too much craziness for us right at the moment.
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Choosing the Right Cat > Bringing in a second cat: adopt a kitten or adult?
Tiger

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Purred: Fri Jan 2, '15 11:31pm PST 
Hi Catsters! My cat, Dorian (who doesn't have his own Catster profile, sorry!), is four years old, super playful and has briefly met other adult cats without any hissing or territorial issues. He was a rescue, adopted about 2 years ago, and has been an only cat since then. It seems like he was exposed to other cats before he was initially surrendered to the shelter, however, as he's comfortable around any neighbor cats that he's met (he's indoor-only, but has seen a few by the door or has met while both were being held, that kind of thing). Dorian hates being alone and loves people, but can be a little shy/skittish at times.

Dorian has been a bit lonely-seeming lately (my husband and I both work) and we think he'd benefit from a cat companion. My husband and I would also like a second cat, of course, but we're especially hoping that any new cat would get along with Dorian - and hopefully play with him some too, as he's got a lot of energy to burn.

So all that brings us to two cats we met today at the shelter, and I'm wondering if you guys could give us some input on which (if any) to choose:

Adult cat: She's a long-haired calico the shelter calls Isabella, about 6 years old. She's unflappable and easy-going, a bit bigger than Dorian but doesn't seem bossy or aggressive. She took to us right away but was still curious enough about the meet-and-greet room. Not too interested in toys. She was an owner surrender to the shelter and previously lived with another cat, whom she used to wrestle/play with quite a bit.

Kitten: A short-haired gray and white cat, just 3 months old, the shelter calls him Strudel. He just got neutered so we couldn't meet him today, but we're going back tomorrow and he should be available then. He is super cute, people-friendly, and is housed with his brother (another kitten). They obviously get along well.

I've heard that it's generally easier to integrate a new kitten than an adult cat, especially when the existing cat is high-energy. However, my husband is a little nervous about how much work kittens are (I haven't had a kitten since I was a kid), plus it seems somehow nicer to adopt an adult cat, since I know they have a harder time finding homes. Plus you have more of a known quantity with an adult cat - the kittens we had growing up often bonded with another cat when young then grew up to be really territorial, so I worry about that.

Anybody with experience getting a second cat who can give us some advice? Both cats would be living in our (admittedly large) apartment with no outdoor access, so it'd be nice if they could do more than just tolerate each other.
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Cat Health > Treatment for Allergic Skin Reaction?

Tiger

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Purred: Tue Jan 14, '14 9:53am PST 
We'll definitely try to flea treatment again and see what happens.

In the meantime, is there anything we can do to soothe the itch?
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Cat Health > Treatment for Allergic Skin Reaction?

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Purred: Mon Jan 13, '14 7:29pm PST 
My boyfriend's cat has developed a series of itchy bumps on his back near the base of his tail. The first time he had an outbreak like this was a few months ago. The vet said that it looked like a flea allergy, which is a little odd because he's an indoor-only cat and we've never seen a flea on him. We put some flea medication on him, combed him regularly with a flea comb (even though we didn't see any fleas), and within a few weeks, the bumps were gone.

Now they're back, and they're much worse than before. The poor little guy is obviously itchy and uncomfortable, and I'm just wondering if there's anything we can do about it. Can we put anything on this rash to treat the itching or help bring the bumps down?

We're also not sure how he could've come into contact with fleas, especially twice, though we're going to treat him for them again. Any ideas there would be helpful as well.
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Cats and a Clean Home > Getting Urine Scent out of Hardwood Floors...

Tiger

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Purred: Mon Jan 24, '11 9:27pm PST 
It's also possible the urine is more recent than I thought, come to think of it. I think I had my door sitting open while I was cooking yesterday...
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Cats and a Clean Home > Getting Urine Scent out of Hardwood Floors...
Tiger

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Purred: Mon Jan 24, '11 6:11pm PST 
OK, I just tried the vinegar & water. The UrineOff took the edge off, so hopefully the vinegar will finish it up for this section of the floor, at least. confused

Penn & Teller, I'm honestly not sure. This sort of hint of the smell has been lingering around the room for a little while now, but I couldn't figure out where it was specifically coming from. Then I was rearranging furniture and that got me to move these boxes that have been wedged back in a corner between things where I don't normally investigate. I didn't notice until I reached inside one of the boxes actually (it was mostly covered with plastic, which is probably what blocked most of the smell). It was like something out of a smell-oriented horror movie, discovering it like that. And then once I removed the boxes and threw them out, the scent left over was super strong. I think it was like, the top part of the box (and the bottom of the box next to it) was blocking the scent of the bottom and the floor, or something...

Not as bad today, though. The UrineOff got rid of a lot of the smell, plus I left all my windows open overnight. Now my room is freezing cold of course, but it's a small price to pay.

I don't understand it - she seems to choose my things specifically. For a while there I literally couldn't leave my bedroom door hanging open while I watched TV in the living room, or I'd find something later that had been marked. Different things most of the time, because I'm pretty good at cleaning it up when I can find it. Now that she's gotten treatment for her UTI it's a little better but I still find new things occasionally if I've been lax about leaving my bedroom door closed. It's horrible. This room wasn't being used as a bedroom before I moved in 8 months ago, so I'm betting they had a litter box in here at some point. thinking
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Cats and a Clean Home > Getting Urine Scent out of Hardwood Floors...

Tiger

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Purred: Mon Jan 24, '11 3:35pm PST 
So a while back my roommate's cat, Scout, went through a period in which she was peeing in my bedroom every time I left the door open (literally...and specifically in my room too...trust me, it was not a great time). Scout was finally diagnosed with a UTI and went on medication, and that seems to have solved the problem (though I still diligently keep my bedroom door CLOSED). I thought I had cleaned up all the old spots right after they happened (easy, since most of them were on my BED), but last night I was rearranging furniture and discovered a couple of boxes that were covered in slimy, dried-up urine spots (one both inside and out). I threw out the boxes and thoroughly washed the area with a product my roommate has called UrineOff, but it didn't do anything for the scent. So I put more of the cleaner on it and left that to soak overnight. My concern is that it seems like the urine smell has soaked into the hardwood floors in that area, and now that I've rearranged things so that that section of floor is exposed, the smell is very strong. I'm sure there are one or two other sections of the floor that are like this, as I have occasionally smelled hints of cat urine odor in my room but haven't been able to find the source (and for those wondering, yes, I am moving soon).

I'm sensitive to smells, so this is really going to bother me if I can't fix it soon. I've cleaned up cat & dog messes before, but they were always within an hour of the mess getting there, and they were always on either linoleum or carpet. I've never had to deal with an old stain soaked into hardwood like this.

Soooo...how do I go about eliminating this odor? Anybody have any tips or tricks they've found especially effective? Especially for older stains on a hard surface? I'm going to try white vinegar mixed with water tonight (or should I just try it undiluted?), but anything else I can use would be really helpful. Or if there's a particular technique you use for applying products and cleaning them up, that would also be nice.

EDIT: I should clarify that I don't have my own cat (Tiger passed away a little over a year ago), so there shouldn't be any problem keeping all cats away from the area short-term, if need be. They're pretty much completely banned from my bedroom at this point anyway. After I move out next month they will be allowed back in there, though, so I shouldn't use any products that will leave any long-lasting toxic residues or anything.
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