should i bring the new cat?

January 5, 2007 3:59am CST
i am thinking of getting a new cat but I’m worried about how my existing cat will take it. Are there any precautions I should take before bringing a new cat home?
3 responses
@feralcat (426)
• Canada
6 Jan 07
First off has this cat been tested for various illnesses? How territorial is the cat you have now? Are both spayed/neutered? One thing I do when I bring in a new rescue is isolate the cat in the bathroom with the door closed for a day or two so they can sniff from under the door. After this I opened the door about 2 inches so they can see each other heance often times when the hissig and growling begins. For some the cats will tolerate and get along from the first meeting other times it's a longer process and at times can come with the occasional growl and hiss.
• United States
5 Jan 07
My cat is VERY territorial. I've tried to introduce her to other cats, and she normally doesn't take to it very well. She is almost 7 years old, and I've had her her whole life. The only time she took to another cat, was when it was a kitten, and smaller than her. I htink her mothering instinct kicked in, even though she's fixed. My boyfriend wants another cat, and I told him the only way was as a kitten, and we would still have to introduce them before making a final decision, and see how she interracts with them. If you know your cats personality, you should be able to tell if she would be ok with it by observing her when she meets the new cat. Good luck!!!
@bramley13 (291)
5 Jan 07
all mine get along fine the oldest one loves other cats,he plays with the kitten,well the 1 year old all the time,the two middle ones dont like each other ,but put up with things.ive allways just put a new cat on the floor,after a little hissing at each other,things settle.even next doors cats come in