Integrating new cat into household

(35 Posts)
LastingLight Fri 11-Apr-14 10:36:54

I posted about our rescue kitty here: www.mumsnet.com/Talk/the_litter_tray/2048397-Rehoming-cat-to-a-farm

He has now been with us since Monday night (was snipped and inoculated on Tuesday) and we are introducing him to our 3 other cats. Our old boy is not fussed and there is very little aggro. Our 2 older girl cats are a different story - they're scared of him and there is lots of hissing and growling. We are rotating rescue kitty through the 4 rooms in the house that have doors so that his smell can get everywhere, and we're letting him spend some time with the other cats under close supervision. Is there anything else we can do? We don't want to stress our cats unnecessarily, it's not fair on them. How long should we give it to see if they will get along with each other?

LastingLight Thu 17-Apr-14 07:52:22

It also breaks my heart to lock Minus in the bathroom all the time, he must be bored stiff in there.

cozietoesie Thu 17-Apr-14 07:54:58

That sounds good - an 11 year old dd should just about be able to keep up with a youngster's play requirements. (He should calm down by the way - about a year old is really just a kitten, except with added muscles and stamina. They generally become a lot more sedate as they mature.)

LastingLight Wed 23-Apr-14 09:57:00

We've had Minus for two weeks now and it's not going too well. sad I need a cat whisperer to explain to him that if he wants to stay in our household he has got to stop chasing the girl cats... and to tell the girl cats if they just stand up to him then he will leave them alone.

cozietoesie Wed 23-Apr-14 10:34:43

Oh Dear. It sometimes takes a short while for the hormones to settle down after snipping but it sounds as if they've got into a pattern of behaviour. (Two girls acting together should have cowed him by now.)

Remind me - is he going to get outside any time soon?

LastingLight Wed 23-Apr-14 10:48:49

When we're home he has free access to outside, just like the others. At the moment we're still locking him in the bathroom when we're not home, partly so that the girls don't feel threatened and partly so that we can leave food out for the others as he is still on a restricted diet. It's really not ideal but we don't know what else to do. I guess I might start another campaign to try and find him a new home. sad But we got attached to the little guy.

cozietoesie Wed 23-Apr-14 10:57:15

Right. How much of the day does that make him shut in the bathroom then? And how long is his restricted diet to go on for?

LastingLight Wed 23-Apr-14 11:08:11

I don't know about the diet problem... his poops are improving but is still not normal. I may need to speak to the vet again.

Over the 4 day long weekend we let him out for most of the day. Now that we're back at work and school the best case scenario for him is to be out between 6:00 and 8:00 and then again between 15:30 and 22:00. Unfortunately we don't always get home that early so some days it will be closer to 17:30.

cozietoesie Wed 23-Apr-14 11:28:09

I can't help but feel that you now have to put him on the same footing as the other cats in the household to allow relationships to be thrashed out. (I hope not literally.) At the moment, he's only out of the bathroom when you're around and the other cats know that. (And so does he - he can run back for protection at any time.)

I'd have a quick word with the vet about his poops/restricted diet because they seem to still be your main problem. It seems like a long time for his abnormal stools to sort out.

LastingLight Sat 03-May-14 14:43:03

So we've still got rescue kitty. I've found a home that he can hopefully go to in about 2 weeks time. In the meantime the humans in the household have fallen in love with him (and will miss him lots) but 2 out of the 3 other cats still can't stand him. We're leaving him out for longer and longer periods in the hope that they will sort themselves out but it hasn't happened yet. Grey girl in particular just goes outside whenever Minus is around, creeps in now and again to ask for food and then goes out again. We've had good weather the past couple of weeks but tomorrow it's going to rain and I don't want her to be cold and miserable instead of inside on her warm bed. sad

I saw on another thread someone said it can take up to 8 weeks after neutering before a cat calms down, is that true?

And lastly, how do we persuade young Minus that it's ok to use the great outdoors as a litter tray? He makes a terrible mess, litter everywhere, poo distributed all over, I wish he would just go outside! We've tried putting the litter tray outside and showing it to him but he looked at it, went inside and weed on the newspaper on which his litter tray normally stands.

LastingLight Sat 03-May-14 14:50:30

And a pic, just because he is gorgeous. smile

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