|Purred: Wed Sep 12, '12 7:36pm PST |
|Whenever introducing cats to my household, because I have had two of them for 10 years plus and I constantly take in injured or abandonded cats, I always put a few drops of pure vanilla extract on my hand and rub my hands together and then pet each animal for about a full minute, especially around their scent glands. It makes everyone smell the same, the vanilla is potent enough to cover their indivual scent and they realize they smell the same so they must be ok. This has never worked on my female manx though, she hates the newest animal everytime. She hates new people as well. This has never changed in ten years, but in a house of 3 cats and 2 dogs, nothing serious has ever happened. She just always projects her hate onto the newest member. She hated our oldest dog until we got the new dog this year, now she hates the new dog. She will never change!
It's uncommon for them to keep up the I hate you fascade, but I know only a handful of people including myself that this behavior of a specific cat has never lifted. I also find females are the worst to accept new members than males. Just seems to take the gals a bit longer I think.
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