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We have a new kitty! His name is Angus, he's a Tuxedo Cat, 4 years old,
and he is a bruiser at 18 pounds. We adopted him from the Peninsula
Humane Society. He seems quite confident and affectionate. We've let him
sniff noses through the door with our resident cat, Biscuit, but we're
keeping them separated for the next few days.

Before we adopted him, I snapped a photo of him in his digs at the
humane society:



Despite my having a lot of experience with cats, this is the first time I've tried introducing two unrelated cats. There's a fair amount of contradictory advice on the web. Any advice (to-dos and to-don'ts) from folks who've been there?

Date: 12 May 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queensheba.livejournal.com
I have always put the two cats in separate rooms - typically I put the new cat in a room like a bathroom or a spare bedroom so as not to unnecessarily restrict the "current" cat's movements. I visit the new cat regularly and make sure it has food/water/litterbox/toys in there. The cats should sniff around the door and become aware of each others' presence quite easily; they will probably meow (or growl or hiss) at each other and reach their paws underneath. After 24-48 hours, I would put open the door and allow them to meet under your supervision. I would do only "supervised visitation" for a while until you are sure they are tolerating each other well.

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