Introducing: The Kitty Chronicles

Posted: April 7, 2013 in The Kitty Chronicles
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The Kitty Chronicles:

Well, we did it. We finally moved in together. And although we both know each other very well, our cats are a completely different story. With Ashleigh owning Zelda and my husband and I owning Jack and Bailey, we knew it would be a challenge introducing them. My husband had owned his cat Jack well before we had even met each other. He’d raised him since he was a kitten and we decided a little over a year ago to get Jack a companion, which we adopted in the form of a chubby girl cat named Bailey. The two did the typical angry cat dance of hatred that most cats seem to do involving plenty of growling and hissing, but no actual contact was made. After a little while they became really close and Bailey even took on the adorable responsibility of grooming Jack.

Jack

Jack

Bailey

Bailey

Ashleigh has had her cat Zelda for four years. Zelda had been introduced to other cats before as well, even being buddies with a male cat. However we decided to attempt to make introductions slowly to stress the cats out as little as possible.

Zelda

Zelda

This is where we decided to chronicle our adventure in introducing two familiar cats to one unfamiliar cat with her territory already set.

 

DAY ONE:

Before we could try to slowly introduce the cats after they had become somewhat familiar with one another’s scents, Zelda seized the opportunity to slip through an open door and kamikaze Bailey as she had just arrived. What ensued was a screeching, snarling, snorting ball of furry hatred. Being followed by three yelling people attempting to get hold of one cat to separate them. Needless to say, things did not start off as planned.

From here forward (for about the next week) we’re going to keep them completely separated and switching out who is free to roam the apartment so that they become better acquainted with their environment and all their smells. Then we plan to separate them in cat crates facing each other across the room so that they get used to the sight of each other. Then we’ll slowly move the crates progressively closer until they are not as hostile toward one another before we attempt to take them out of the crates for real one on one time.

 

This is the plan we have. We’ll see how the kitties render it in THE KITTY CHRONICLES.

~Dani

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Comments
  1. otiamaria says:

    I love it!
    “angry cat dance of hatred” (I’m dying here, because this is so perfectly described!) Looking forward to hearing how the cats find harmony with one another. 🙂

    • After that introduction we think it will be awhile before they start getting along! Even if they don’t become best friends, if they just live together in harmony we’ll be super excited lol.

  2. […] We haven’t posted anything in this section of the blog in awhile. Reason being, it was extremely slow going introducing 2 cats who were already used to each other to a different cat. We kept them separated for quite some time since their very first accidental meeting went so terribly. See here. […]

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