Saturday, August 18, 2012

Baby steps

Adoptions in Animal Shelters are very slow in the month of August.

Mostly because people are busy and travelling or entertaining company and do not have time to integrate a cat into their household.
Come September,  the adoptions will go up hopefully and many people will be wondering how to introduce a new cat to the resident cat.
Here are a few tips from someone who really does believe that baby-steps need to be taken.

First, put the new cat in a room of its' own.

Give your resident cat time to get used to something being on the other side of the door.

Then rub down each cat with a sock. Be sure to rub around the cheeks where the scent glands are.

Put the opposite sock with the cats to watch the reaction of each cat.

Once they stop hissing (or they may not) from smelling the sock then switch rooms. Put the new cat in the room that the resident cat was in and the resident cat goes into the room where the new cat came out of. Let them roam around a bit getting used to each other's scent.

Think of it this way. If a person was to arrive at your home that you had never met would you feel more comfortable knowing something about this person before they arrive? Wouldn't you have lots of questions? Once being informed about this person would you not feel more comfortable once you meet? It is the same for the animals.

Before introducing them have on hand some treats and toys. There most likely will be some hissing so be prepared for that. Give the resident cat more attention and keep your eyes on that one mostly. If it looks like there will be an attack you should immediately put the new cat back into its' room and wait for another day to try this. This could take awhile so take your time with it. It could be up to a month or so before the cats can be left in a room unsupervised or you might be lucky and they like each other immediately. steps.

Presently, our local animal shelter is in a crisis. They are financially struggling to the point of possibly closing their door at the close of the year.  I'm praying that this will somehow be turned around but it takes the community to make the difference. I am hoping all the municipalities they cover will step up to the plate and help them. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, please support YOUR local animal shelter.
hugs, Deb


  1. We still have a lot of hissing and growling going on around here. It is quiet right now ... everyone napping! Best wishes and thoughts to your shelter.

  2. I wish I had known these methods in the past, when I brought in a stray kitty. None of the older cats EVER took to her and do not like her to this day. I make a point of supporting our local "foster moms" who take in the dogs and cats that have no homes. I pray your shelter will stay open, it is such a vital service.

  3. I just found your blog (through A Little Fur in the Paint)and OMGosh I love it!! I love kitties so much, and I think it's great what you do!! (Btw, the comic on your sidebar where the cat is on the phone on the counter had me laughing so hard my hubby came in to see what was so funny! Classic!) Hope you'll visit me :)

  4. You are so patient and just full of information. I was always afraid of trying to introduce a new cat with our Bailey; he was our spoiled little boy and didn't think he'd ever share me. If I had known this, I might have tried so he could have a buddy. XOXO

  5. We didn't know that August was a slow time for shelters. We hope things pick up soon!

  6. When there was only2 or 3 cats in our home, a new kitty would tend to unsettle things. Now, when another kitty enters our home its like " new cat; been there done that; yawn".

  7. I should have used this approach when my daughter brought her old cat to live with my two. The two boys had vicious battles for close to a year! It's the only time I ever had a problem with bringing a new one in. My country boy started it and, in the end, the city boy finished it! ~ Maureen