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Three Kitties?

A few days after Buzzer died, Jason and I discussed when we should get more kitties. We've always wanted to have at least two kitties, but that wasn't possible due to Buzzer not being open to another cat, so we figured we'd get two kitties right from the start... preferably two that are already used to living together. Oh and female kitties, because they have less of the protein in their saliva that causes the allergies. This conversation was on the Tuesday after Buzzer died. We knew we eventually wanted more kitties, we just weren't sure when we would get them.

Wednesday (the day after our conversation about new kitties) we took Alex to the doctor for her six week checkup. (I can't believe she's 10.8lbs and 21.5 inches long already!) At the doctor's we saw a poster for someone looking for a good home for their two female kitties - a mother/daughter pair. We couldn't believe our luck, and the timing. We contacted them that night and made arrangements to see them.

A day later, our friend contacted us, and her new little boy is having major breathing problems, so she's having to find a home for her kitty. We absolutely can't let a friend give a kitty to the SPCA, so we agreed to take that kitty too. So it looks like we're going to end up with three kitties: Two that are of the same family and used to living together and not fixed, and one female that is fixed and hopefully will get along with the other two. Hopefully. It seems like more than a coincidence that all this has come up at once, so I'm thinking that things will work out.

Got a handout from the vet on introducing new kitties to each other. Unfortunately none of them have had their shots anytime in the last few years, so I need to get them all shotted and checked out before I let anyone near anyone else. Tiny bit worried about the vet bills... they're going to be huge... but if I can give three kitties a good home, it'll be worth it.

Any suggestions anyone has on the introductions are welcome. I do have the handout, but it's nice to hear about personal experiences as well.

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cjsmith
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
I've done the introductions mostly the way the local shelter recommended and we've come out fine. The cats are still not absolutely certain which one is going to be Alpha (after a year!) but there is no fur flying and the worst we get is one sliiiinking past the other in a hallway.

I don't know what your vet recommended, but I'm guessing it's similar to what we did. Start with them separated and the door shut, gradually move to letting them sniff but not see (whether that's under the door, letting them take turns having the run of the common areas, or through cloths they've curled up on), then letting them see but not touch, then supervised freedom, then let 'em be.

Yay for taking on kitties! I salute you. G'luck with those vet bills (I'm sure there are animal lovers who'd give you a bit of help with those if you needed it).
sharya
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
That is the process the vet recommended, but my question is how long do I continue doing that? How long for each step in the introduction process?
cjsmith
Apr. 10th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Until they quit freaking out, I guess. I winged it. Couple of days apiece in the beginning, then once they saw each other I'd wait until there was no more hissing or growling or fur-standing-on-end before going on.
bratt72
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
3 kitties! yay! =)
sharya
Apr. 10th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
Kitties rock :D
joeymichaels
Apr. 10th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
As an owner of three cats, I think that once you've gone through the process, they are together and it is all right to leave them that way unless there is some major fighting. They will also, of course, have to get used to you and the family, which could take as much time as getting used to each other.

Be patient and I encourage you to keep them out of the baby's room as much as possible until you get to know them.
sharya
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
I just hope to goodness everyone will be able to get along. It is my hugest fear that it will turn out that the single kitty will be miserable with the other two, and they'll beat up on it or something :/
leolovesvegas
Apr. 10th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about cats only dogs damnit so I am of no help here. Wanted to say that is great Shar and you are the perfect mommy to both a child and now another 3 kiddos YEY!!!!
xo
sharya
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Aww thanks :)
starshine2night
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwww! Kitties!!
sharya
Apr. 12th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
:D
bertine
Apr. 10th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
i have three cats and they get along wonderfully. what i would see if you could do would be to have the one female that isn't used to the others come to your house first so she has the advantage of being used to the place, then have the pair come because they will be comfortable with each other.

otherwise i haven't ever had a problem with cats getting along as long as you introduce them gradually.
sharya
Apr. 12th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
I thought of this, but the other two aren't spayed and the single one is... meaning the single one would fall to the bottom of the kitty heirarchy, so maybe having her there first wouldn't be a good thing?
subtlesabotage
Apr. 10th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
I don't have any advice since I'm a dog owner..but I wanted to say I'm happy you're getting some new furry friends!
sharya
Apr. 12th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!
egbert
Apr. 10th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
My luck with kitty introductions has been completely hit or miss. Either the system works and they eventually get along, or they hate each other from day one and never improve.

I wish I knew what went wrong that one time. These were all adult cats, and I think the one just could not in any way deal with other cats, and never would. Le sigh.

Doesn't seem to be a male/female thing. I've introduced 2 alpha kitties together and it worked OK. The big failure was adding a female to a male/female pair. Who knows?
sharya
Apr. 12th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
I will keep my fingers crossed.
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sharya
Apr. 12th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Wow this is good advice, thank you! I wouldn't have dreampt that the kitties could be so devious as to play nice when you're around, but then be all territorial when you're not!
oldcookieman
Apr. 14th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
New Kitties!
That is beautiful. It sounds like it was meant to be.
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