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 Post subject: Taken on a new cat
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:55 am 
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I'm looking after my sort-of-ex sort-of-boyfriend's cat for two years because I'm crushingly kind. She's an older ladycat. I have two younger mancats.

Now, the trouble is that she is a total bisque to them. One of the boys (Albert) is treating her with polite indifference. She's in "his" room, but whatever, he's taken to sleeping in the bath but he's always liked hanging out in the bathroom so that's fairly normal. Pepper was trying to be her BFF. Like, was in love with her. He would come over and sit near her, but not look at her, as is feline etiquette. It was very sweet. He was really curious and trying to be a gentleman about it.

She's a big hissy bisque towards them.

I'm in the situation where they won't go upstairs (and she won't let them) and she won't go downstairs. I've encouraged her to explore by taking her downstairs with me and forcing her to hang out with me. The trouble is, she assumes the boy cats are there and gets very defensive. Just today, I shut all the doors upstairs so she literally has no choice than to hang out on the landing or come downstairs and she did for a little bit.

I got a Feliway plug in thing, but as far as I can tell it does nothing than waste electricity.

I'm just about done with this though. Any recommendations on getting cats to tolerate each other?

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 Post subject: Re: Taken on a new cat
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:24 am 
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I don't know, I'm not horribly opposed to the different floors approach - my cats and rats live mainly upstairs and the dogs stay mainly downstairs unless supervised.

Is older ladycat at all food motivated? Are Albert and Pepper?

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 Post subject: Re: Taken on a new cat
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:50 pm 
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If she's just hissy at them and they don't seem like they are going to fight and injure each other, I'd just let them be wherever they want to and they'll sort out something.

My 2 cats moved in with my parents and their cat. One of my cats still smacks my parent's cat every time he walks by... just a quick tap with the paw, no claws. The cat getting smacked ignores it and carries on with his day. But it's been 1.5 years and he still does it! They aren't hurting each other and there is enough space that they can stay away from each other so my parents leave them be and they are slowly starting to get along better and sleep in the same room and share furniture (all three cats were on the couch the other day!).


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