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new cat in the house
elena121959 posted:
I took in another cat a week ago (I already have 2). Currently he has run of my living room & the other 2 have their own bedroom. I was hoping to eget a screen door & put it up in place of the regular door so they can see each other w/out the contact; to get accustomed to each other. Would like input from anyone who's done this. From what I can see, there is minimal interaction (under the door); like they're playing 'cat footsie'. Thank you to whoever responds.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Now that they know of each other (and assuming your keeping your new cat) it's time to introduce them. Start by putting the new cat in the other cats' rooms and putting your two existing cats in the living room for a few hours. After than, open the doors and let them find each other. They'll be a few squabbles to determine who the dominant cat will be — this is normal and has no bearing on whether they'll ultimately get along. Until peace reigns in the kingdom, separate them at night. Over time (typically a few weeks) things will settle down.

Two very important points: before you put them together, make sure to take the new cat to your veterinarian for a complete checkup, including Feline Leukemia, FIV, parasite checks, vaccinations, etc. Also, it helps to use a pheromone diffuser to decrease their antagonistic tendencies in the beginning. Your veterinarian should know where to get these.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
elena121959 replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
Thank you, Dr. Weigner! Yes, I am waiting til he gets his vaccines before I let them be together. I just discovered that 1 of my girls is eager to see him (they 'paw' each other from under the door). I will look into these pheromone diffusers.