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Re: Cat Introduction

Very interesting technique...thanks, this is one I will save.
Bonnie ETN Zone7

> [Original Message]
> From: Theresa <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 9/11/2005 12:23:34 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cat Introduction
> Hi Cathy,
> I have introduced three cats,  one at a time though.  My old vet gave me 
> the following method.  It worked each time.  Takes a little bit more 
> time to do, but seemed to smooth things over nicely.  When you first 
> bring in the kitten do NOT let the other cats see it.  Pick a room and 
> keep the kitten there for the first day.  The other cats will smell it, 
> but their usual routine will continue and so they will not percieve it 
> as a threat.  The next day, move the kitten to a different room.  Let 
> the other cats into the old kitten-occupied room by leaving the door 
> open.  Do not force the cats to go into the room and don't change their 
> regular routine.  Keep moving each day until the kitten until the kitten 
> smell in through out the whole house. Only then start to introduce the 
> kitten.  When you do this keep your adult cats at a bit of a distance 
> and pay attention to your existing cats (not the kitten).  Try brushing 
> or other favorite activities with your existing cats while the kitten is 
> visible.  after a little while, return the kitten back to one of the 
> rooms, and give everybody a chance to settle back down.  If you do this 
> for a couple of days, for increasing periods of time, it should help 
> smooth the transition.
> Hope this works for you as well as it did for me.
> Theresa
> Cathy Carpenter wrote:
> >Not gardening, but since there are cat people in the group, thought I  
> >would ask for hints on introducing a young cat to older ones in a  
> >household. (i saw a grey and white kitten in our local pet store  
> >recently and thought about a replacement for Jason.) I would like to  
> >have another cat, but don't want to traumatize  either the newcomer  
> >or those cats established in the household. Any ideas out there???
> >
> >Cathy, west central IL, z5b
> >
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