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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: 13 May 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
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I adore tuxedo cats! He's a fine looking example.

I second what everyone else has said about taking it slowly, keeping them separated initially and slowly introducing them (over a period of days/weeks) with supervision. Also, don't expect 'em to be buddies immediately. I've introduced lots of cats to my household this way over the years, and I've found that generally it takes weeks to a couple of months for the cats to really start getting comfy with each other, by and large. If more than a few months have gone by and they're still fighting aggressively (other than the random thumps and hisses that are part of regular cat dominance negotiations or grumpiness) then you may have a compatibility problem; but I wouldn't worry too much until then. Good luck!

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