So my LP brought home a cat that he had been keeping at his apartment out of state when he was there for work. He is now done with the job and said the cat would either have to be put down or come home with him. So, not wanting to be evil, I said for him to bring the cat.
I knew that my older cat would react poorly to him, because he reacts poorly to all new animals. He will growl and hiss, but typically just does it from a corner for a few days until he gets used to the idea that another animal is here. (as in, his bark is worse than his bite...he just acts pissy...never does anything).
Well...last night, the cat comes in...my "kitten" (now 2) has ZERO reaction to the new cat, even though the new cat is growling. He doesn't even look interested. Honestly, I don't think the young cat is "all there". My old cat, however, comes in with the attitude I expected and WENT AFTER the new cat terribly...and when the young one saw that, he went nuts on everybody too. This has gone on ALL NIGHT LONG. Egh!!!
I feel like I have everybody in their corners, but the new cat has already bitten me and LP (who he is really used to!). The kids were spending the night with grandma last night, and they knew that we would be getting a new cat and are excited...but I don't want him hurting one of the kids.
What would you do? We do have pet pens we can put them in, but would that even help them get used to each other? I want to make the transition more comfortable for the cats, but obviously the children are a priority.
Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 10:56 AM on May. 1, 2011
Answer by KyliesMom5 at 11:01 AM on May. 1, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 8:34 PM on May. 1, 2011