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Integrating new cat into household and other silly questions!
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:15 PM
We are getting another cat (not sure of age - probably about 3) as its owner has moved into an aged care facility and cant care for it anymore. Now we have one inside cat who has a litter tray. Probably a silly question but does the new cat have a separate litter tray or will they share??
Any other tips on integrating the new adult cat into a house with an adult cat and a dog appreciated as well!
Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:45 PM
Extra litter trays are a good idea - they may not want to share, and even if they do, they may get over used too quickly if there is only one (and that can lead to accidents on purpose).
Other than that, don't force the relationship. Make sure both have space, and can escape from each other. They'll work out if they like/tolerate each other over time. It may take a couple of months....
I'm sure a couple of the other ladies will give you valuable advice, as there are quite a few who've introduced additional cats to the family along the way.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:59 PM
separate litter tray.
separate food bowls, but maybe try side by side to see if they can handle it.
Don't worry when they *hate* eachother for the first 2 months (sometimes longer). It's normal, don't give up, they'll come around. Might even take less time, if you're lucky. They have to sort out territory and corridors and all that, and that takes ages.
I can't help you with the dog. confirmed crazy cat lady here.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:00 AM
I've only ever added kittens (done it 4 times in the last 2 years )
2 of them were 6 months old. We also have 2 dogs (we originally had 1 dog, then added a kitten, then another kitten, then another dog, then 2 more kittens, and then 1 last kitten.)
Your dog is used to the cats given you already have one, so with the dog, just make sure the cat has a "safe" place. Ours all get along well, though 1 of the cats is warey of one of the dogs (because the dog stalks him because she has some weird obsession with him.) We have a nice tall cat tree so the cat can get up the top away from our dogs.
With the cats, expect hissing and growling etc at first. They might even fight (ours wrestle and even their play wrestle is REALLY full on!), but unless it gets nasty, just stay out of it (and never intervene with your body! Throw water over them instead.)
I kept ours apart etc and it just prolonged it. Now I just put the new one in and let them sort it out (though this is only when I am home to supervise. When I am not home I will separate them if I think one of them might get hurt.
Mostly it's just hissing and walking around in circles around each other!
We have 3 litter trays for 5 cats. We had 2 trays when we got the 2nd cat, but they kept both using the same tray, so we put the 2nd tray away. Then we got 2 more cats at once, so we put the 2nd tray out. When we got the 5th cat we put the 3rd tray out. Ours all seem to pee in 1 tray and then use that tray OR the two others to poo. So 1 tray gets changed twice a week and the others sometimes only needs changing fortnightly. I am sure in summer as they drink more we might need to change them more.
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