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Wife wants another Cat

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  1. Tron

    Tron Supporting Vendor Supporting Vendor

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    OK, here's the first problem. She talked me into keeping our current Cat (Kitty) a few years back and I wanted nothing to do with it.....BUT, Kitty only likes me, only shows effection towards me and only hangs around with me. SO, She wants (in her words) a "normal Cat" that likes everybody.

    Now the second problem. Kitty HATES everyone and everything living and does not take well to other animals WHAT SO EVER and I'm worried that I'm going to ruin the best pet that I've ever had by bringing in another Cat.

    Any animal behavior specialists out there??
     
  2. Randy55

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    We have 8 boy cats. It is not a problen so long as they are introduced to each other slowly. Try keeping separated by a door or separate rooms if you can. Do not show favoritism for one over another and you will be OK. Just keep in mind the added cost, say Vetbills ETC.
     
  3. hmb

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    Have you discussed the matter with Kitty and reviewed the possible alternatives with her? HMB
     
  4. CalvinMD

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    Tell her about how kitty will start marking his territory by spraying....hope she likes the scent of Ode de Catwhiz
     
  5. GW22

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    You don't need an animal behavior specialist.

    You need a wife behavior specialist.

    -Gary
     
  6. PerazziBigBore

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    Tron.. it could be worse.. A new house.. another "baby".. I think you'll come to terms with a new cat.. All Good.. Mike
     
  7. Setterman

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    Based on what I've heard about Kitty, he will probably hire a hit cat from Detroit to whack the competition.
     
  8. Rastoff

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    Joe,

    We have a similar situation. Our female cat, Frank, hates all the other animals, and only sits on my lap. She sleeps on my side of the bed, and comes to me when I call.

    It will take a few days, but Kitty will learn to tolerate a new cat. We've had a few other cats that Frank has managed to outlive; they all liked my wife better. We now have a male cat, Rumble, and he likes my son. In the 13 years we've had Frank, she has hated every other animal we've ever brought into the house.

    I don't think you will have trouble if you get another cat. Just put the new cat in a room and close the door. They will get to know each other through smells that waft under the door. Keep it this way for a couple of days. This has always worked for us.

    Frank is now 14, we think, doesn't jump well, is fat, and basically doesn't move too much. She hisses at the Rumble every chance she gets. Still, she's decided to let Rumble live.

    Here's Rumble attacking Frank's tail when he was only 3 months old. Frank decided to let him live.

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  9. W.R.Buchanan

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    Tron: they all get over it eventually. It takes 2-3 months before they accept the "other cat". All you have to do is prevent them for killing the other one until it is big enough to fend for it self.

    Feeps hated Toonces from the get go, she didn't give a shit. Now she cleans his head for him every night, and chases him around the house biting his ass, so all is well. They all like to monopolize attention, and when someone else is there they see it as a threat. They keep score like you can't believe so you have to be careful to give everybody exactly the same amount of attention when they are all together.

    And one more thing, don't get a Female. They are not nearly as good a pet as the males are. They tend to be more independent and don't really need humans that much, feed me, and please open the door. Toonces is 3 1/2 yrs old and she still won't let us hold her for more than about 10 seconds. She'll stay close by but right near you.

    I'd suggest watching Cats 101 on the Animal Channel to figure out what type of cat to get cuz they all have distinct personality features and some are way better than others.

    Randy

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  10. 3357

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    Living alone is not that bad.
     
  11. Loyac

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    As mentioned above (and from personal experience with cats I've had), the resident and older cat will in time accept the kitten. But the male will soon start marking its territory. JOHN
     
  12. shelly

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    Kitty- I like that original name for your cat Tron
     
  13. BIGDON

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    Get a dog. Real men have dogs only troll have cats.

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  14. Bob Schultz

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    Jojo wants a kitty to play with too...
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  15. oleolliedawg

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    She can have mine!!
     
  16. Quack Shot

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    They usually figure a way to get along. A small kitten might be a better choice, since adult cats seem to be more tolerant of the youngsters. There is no guarantee that the new cat will like anyone else or be any different than your present cat. How about talking her into a nice cuddly tarantula or snake? A full size Boa sometimes love to hug their owners.
     
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    Tron,
    Has your wife considered the possibility that both cats will follow you around and help you in the shop? Cats are not so much pack animals but they know who the alpha male is, pretty quickly.
     
  18. Pull & Mark

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    Now, don't let Tron fool you guys. He just wants some more help in the workshop. After some training lessons he thinks the cats will do all his work for him. Not a bad idea you ole trollmaster. Spit Break=em all. Jeff
     
  19. slipping into darkness

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    Put your foot down and stand up and tell the Boss No, "enough is enough", pretty soon you have no rights and will just be wall paper!!!!!!!! Good Luck?
     
  20. Jerry944t

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    My experience is most cats are loners. If you are lucky they will learn to tolerate each other. I was hoping mine would learn to play with each other but apparently only kittens do that.

    There will be a period of hissing spitting and yelling. Once your wife stops that you can deal with the problem of the cats.
     
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