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Unread 11-15-2009   #1 (permalink)
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I hope I explain this good..i have one cat that we got from a shelter. Shes a good cat but likes to be left alone unless she comes to you. We stayed with my mom for a month and brought her with us (of course!) and she has 2 cats. My cat and her cats did NOT get along..I know a lot of it was my cat. She hid in our room the whole time. I wanted to adopt another cat from the shelter..and my question is..Can a cat get used to another cat, or are some just meant to be alone? I was told they will get used to it sometime, but I dont want to stress her. I just need to know if its a bad idea. Thanks so much!
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It depends on how you introduce them, if you do it slowly, then yes she may well learn to accept your new cat. It is best if you keep them seperate for a few weeks, and transfer each others scent between them, then it is possible that she will come to like the other cat, however it is equally possible that she never will accept the other cat, my Saffy doesn't like Billy even though I followed the above, when he came out of my daughters room, both Saffy and Phoebe hit him constantly, eventually he retaliated and smacked them both, now Phoebe is fine with him, but Saffy still hisses and growls at him all the time. It is possible to buy Feliway diffuser which can help, with pheromones but not always, and sometimes Bach Rescue Remedy can also help too, but bascally just take your time introducing them and it is possible all will be well.
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Hello to you & your cat!
She may react differently in her own home then she did in your mother's home. It may take time & patience for her to accept a new cat.
Further to what Maggiemay has advised make sure you give your first cat lots of attention to reassure her that she is still 'first' in your affections.
There is lots of good advice on this forum regarding introducing new cats.
Let us know if you decide to get another cat & how it goes.
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I agree with what the previous posters said. What shelter workers have told me is that it is usually easier to add a cat of the opposite sex or the same sex but younger. My first two cats were 3 and both female when we adopted a third cat. It wasn't really planned and the new cat was also a female and 7 yrs. old. I set up the guest bedroom for the new cat and she stayed in there for one week. I'd visit her in the room but she was stressed and needed to get use to the new environment. The second week I'd lock my first two cats in a different room and open the guest room door so the new cat could explore the new house without worrying about two strange cats.

I did this swapping for about 2 weeks so the new cats scent would mix into the house and the previous ones would get use to it. When I finally did let the new cat meet the other two I didn't force it. I just left the room door open and observed. I also had a Feliway diffuser which was EXTREMELY helpful and worth every penny.

As long as you're very patient and don't force things it is possible to add new cat. When you traveled with your cat it was just too much change (house, new cats) and not enough time for everyone to become use to it.
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