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Introducing Nala to Evan. (The Process)

post #1 of 27
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So, My cousin is moving to Las Vegas and she has a Cat named Nala. She is a miniature cat (Not sure of the real name). Anyway, she asked me to keep her since Nala hates the car and she is driving to Vegas. I've read this link already and a couple of other sites.

Looks like I have a bit of work for the next few weeks. I'm totally prepared for it though and I cannot wait to get her tomorrow.

I figure I will post updates here because I've come here before and got help with Cat problems.



That is the only picture I have right now from my cousins Myspace. But tomorrow I will have plenty more to share I'm sure.

Anyway, if you have any tips for me I'm all ears.

- Chris
post #2 of 27
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Okay, now I've been reading and wondering if she is a teacup cat. If so is there a ton of health concerns. I've been searching around here and it doesn't seem to good what I've been reading.

Anyway, is she going to be alright ? I know she isn't spayed but she will be shortly.
post #3 of 27
She is a beautiful cat, how old is she?
post #4 of 27
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Well that picture was taken christmas time. I'm pretty sure she is about 1 year. I'm really excited to get her in a few hours.
post #5 of 27
Hi Could she be a Munchkin?
post #6 of 27
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I think she probably is a munchkin cat. I'm really excited about getting her tonight. You have no idea!
post #7 of 27
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Alright, she is here! Getting her here was quite easy. Evan has no idea she is in here yet though and might not find out for a while.

She was a bit scared and very vocal on the way here.

Right now she is hiding under my pillow and isn't making a sound. I'm guessing she needs her space and time to get used to her new home.

I'm so excited! I took a couple pictures of her to show her off.





- Chris
post #8 of 27
She's really gorgeous! Good luck with getting her all settled in.
post #9 of 27
Awww! she is so cute!!
How teeny she is! I hope it goes well!!! Sending you some good vibes from PA!
post #10 of 27
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Thanks a ton! She is really quiet still and hiding under the pillows. Hopefully soon she opens up. I'm being patient though.
post #11 of 27
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Alright, first night is over. She already sleeps with me. She doesn't stop moving but it is soo cute! Hopefully she explores a bit while I'm at work.
post #12 of 27
I'm sure she will settle in nicely. She is adorable!
post #13 of 27
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thanks! Shes hiding right now. Evan actually came in my room today but didn't actually see her. I'm sure he knows she is here. He smells her litter box probably.
post #14 of 27
Awww! She is sooo cute! Good luck with her!
post #15 of 27
The best thing to do is to actually keep them separated until they get used to each other's smells and Evan gets used to the idea that there is a new cat in his territory.

Evan will need extra love and reassurance right now. His whole world is about to be turned upside down. Imagine you're a kid, and something happens to your aunt and uncle, and your cousin shows up and is now going to share all your toys, your parents' affection, and your room. This is what Evan is going to experience.

They should be introduced slowly. Many people don't do this and it works out ok - but why risk it?

Let them get used to the idea of each other first. If, after 2 - 3 days they're not hissing and growling under the door at each other, then do supervised interactions and see how it goes.

In the meantime, take a wash cloth or clean rag and rub it all over Nala. Put treats out on it for Evan. Rub Evan all over with a wash cloth or clean rag, and put treats out on it for Nala. Do this at the same time each morning and evening. This will help them associate good things with each other.

I also wrote a long thread with lots of ideas to help smooth introductions here:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=118934

That's really sweet of you to take in Nala. She is SUCH a doll! I hope all goes well - and feel free to ask questions and provide updates!



Laurie
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
The best thing to do is to actually keep them separated until they get used to each other's smells and Evan gets used to the idea that there is a new cat in his territory.

Evan will need extra love and reassurance right now. His whole world is about to be turned upside down. Imagine you're a kid, and something happens to your aunt and uncle, and your cousin shows up and is now going to share all your toys, your parents' affection, and your room. This is what Evan is going to experience.

They should be introduced slowly. Many people don't do this and it works out ok - but why risk it?

Let them get used to the idea of each other first. If, after 2 - 3 days they're not hissing and growling under the door at each other, then do supervised interactions and see how it goes.

In the meantime, take a wash cloth or clean rag and rub it all over Nala. Put treats out on it for Evan. Rub Evan all over with a wash cloth or clean rag, and put treats out on it for Nala. Do this at the same time each morning and evening. This will help them associate good things with each other.

I also wrote a long thread with lots of ideas to help smooth introductions here:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=118934

That's really sweet of you to take in Nala. She is SUCH a doll! I hope all goes well - and feel free to ask questions and provide updates!



Laurie
Thanks a ton Laurie! I will be doing that for sure. Nala is actually still hiding from me right now behind my tv in the closet. I'm guessing this is normal though because she has never been away from her original home right ?
post #17 of 27
Yes, that's correct. For Nala, she's in a totally new territory. Her mom has gone missing, and she doesn't know where she is - it is a strange place full of scary new smells.

Cats are very territorial, and though some cats adjust to new places well, especially if they're with their mom or dad, for the most part, when in a new territory, they're scared and don't know it's safe. If you have a radio, put it in "her" room, and tune it to a classical station and leave it on for her during the day. Or if you have a CD player and can find harp music, and can leave it on "repeat" while you're at work, that is very calming to cats.

The best thing to do is let her adjust to her new space in her own time. Being patient is really the main ingredient.

Being near her but not trying to interact with her is good. It lets her get used to you without feeling under any pressure. If you sing, sing! Otherwise, reading out loud is really good too.

She'll come around MUCH faster than a feral would. This was written for someone who is trying to socialize a feral, but it has some good suggestions that you may find useful: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=118850

But because she's used to being around people, she just has to get used to her new meowmy and her new place, remember that food and play can be great motivators. Give her treats - at first, maybe just put them out for her and let her get to them in her own time.

If she expresses curiousity about you, at first ignore it, and just let her check you out. What you're trying to accomplish is gaining her trust, and the most important thing that builds that trust is her understanding she's safe, you're safe, and you don't want to do anything to her or want anything from her.

Of course, I'm used to giving help to people socializing ferals, and for kitties that are used to being with people, she may want attention. But you'll know it by when she bumps you. She may be scared and just want to check you out. Or, if "her" introduction room is your bedroom, you may very well wake up to find her on the bed with you.

But if she's scared for a few days, make sure you give Evan lots of extra attention - but spend time in the room with her. Reading out loud is a great thing to help her get used to your smell, sound, &etc. If she approaches you cautiously, ignore her. It's hard - but set one of your hands out (without looking at her) palm down. This is non-threatening to kitties. She may come up and sniff you. If you continue to ignore her, eventually this will drive her nuts, and she'll want you to engage with her. This is the quickest way to make her want to interact with you.

But if she's getting comfortable in the space, playing with a wand toy is a great thing to help her feel safe, have fun &etc. Also, when she seems not so scared, you can feed her wet food off the end of a spoon. This helps her get comfortable being close to you.

Again - because she's used to being around people, some of this might be moot. But if she stays scared for some time, these things will really help her become comfortable more quickly than she would otherwise.

And as she's hiding in your closet right now, you may want to consider putting out some boxes around the room she's in. Having lots of hidey places will help her feel more comfortable coming out.

Take an old t-shirt or sweatshirt and get it good and sweaty. Just like the towel trick with rubbing Evan all over and putting treats out for her on it, put that sweaty t-shirt under her food dishes. Get another one good and sweaty, and put treats out for her on it. This will also help her associate you with good things.

Also, the more regular you can be about when you spend time in the room with her and for how long, that will help too. Routine REALLY promotes that feeling of safety - because she knows she can come out to explore without worrying about whether the strange human is going to come in. It'll help her make all the new space her territory.

And I went back through the thread - she is just soooo cute. I never heard of a teacup kitty before, and I really hope she won't experience health problems because of it. But she is so sweet looking!



Laurie
post #18 of 27
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The problem that im having now is that she will not come around me unless I am sleeping and it is dark. Last night she used the litter box and ate some food but when I woke up she was hiding from me. Just now, I actually thought she was hiding behind the tv and I found her in a drawer.

Oh also, in your post you were talking about nala being around people. She actually never really has been. Our house is actually quite full and we have a 2 year old here as well. I think that may be why she is hiding so much during the day and losening up at night.

I hope this is normal.

Chris
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by xris View Post
The problem that im having now is that she will not come around me unless I am sleeping and it is dark. Last night she used the litter box and ate some food but when I woke up she was hiding from me. Just now, I actually thought she was hiding behind the tv and I found her in a drawer.

Oh also, in your post you were talking about nala being around people. She actually never really has been. Our house is actually quite full and we have a 2 year old here as well. I think that may be why she is hiding so much during the day and losening up at night.

I hope this is normal.

Chris
xris, the new kitty we just adopted seems to do most things (ie, eat and use the litter box) at night, too. During the day she is friendly to us, but prefers to stay in her safe 'hiding spot'. I suspect it may be a common behavior when they are going through the adjustment phase?

Continued good wishes to you.
post #20 of 27
It's normal. She's scared. Like I said in the earlier post, if she's scared to come around you, spend time in the room where she is - reading out loud or singing is great. But ignore her until she gets curious enough. Don't try to chase her out of her hiding space.

And like I suggested before, maybe put some boxes (on their side) around the room so she's got lots of hidey places.

She's going through a big adjustment. She'll come around - but it may take some time.

Laurie
post #21 of 27
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Hey everyone! I just got back from a little 4 day vacation and had my brother (Who also lives in this house) stay in my room to make sure Nala was okay. I guess while I was gone Evan and Nala have been playing under the door together. Tomorrow I'm probably going to try the treat feeding and try to take the first steps to introducing them to each other.

Oh, I'm also schedualing Nala for the Vet. It seems like she is losing hair. I have no idea why and she is also itching herself a ton. It seems like she might have fleas. We'll see.

Chris
post #22 of 27
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So it's been about 14 days since I got Nala. She is still confined to one room. The reasons are (1) Evan and her haven't really gotten a ton of time together to get to know each other. (2) She is in heat and I do NOT want to chance her running out the front door and getting pregnant.

Actually for the past couple of days Nala and Evan have been in the room playing while I supervise. The first day it seemed like Evan was actually more afraid of her then she was of him. She hissed at him a couple times but now it seems like they get along fine (I think anyway). They kind of look as though they are getting excited when they are near each other. They will kinda jump a bit and swat at each other.

I think this is actually working a ton better then I expected it. I didn't think Evan was going to like another cat in his home. But he is. I think for tonight I'm going to try to keep them together as long as possible.

Anyway, here is a picture of the two of them today. I didn't notice Nalas tongue until I put the picture on the computer. It's so cute!



Ha, Nala is already loud and it seems like they are playing a game of tag right now!

- Chris
post #23 of 27
That photo is a classic!

I'm so glad things are going so well for Nala and Evan. That is fantastic news!!
post #24 of 27
I wish you luck. I'm introducing a new kitty at the moment, and I think it's going downhill. Not that Mi-ke is upset exactly, but I made the foolish mistake of carrying Tora around so he could see the place, and now he keeps escaping his closet. Oddly, he heads straight for Mi-ke's untouched (and thus stale and congealed) canned cat food. He doesn't seem to care about her. Mi-ke just watches him; the worst she's done is raise her fur slightly when he charged at her dish. But she keeps giving me this look.
post #25 of 27
Hi Chris! Glad things are going as well as they are between Nala and Evan!

I don't know if it's just the pic - but Nala looks like she does need to see the vet. Her hair looks very patchy - did you ever take her? If she does have fleas, Evan has them now.

Also, you may as well schedule the spay surgery and get it all done with at once. For her health and well-being, she really needs to be spayed.

IF she has fleas, you should NOT use a flea collar to address the situation, they can kill some cats. Your vet will have something for her and Evan (he'll need to be treated too) - but to get them out of your home, you can take those flea collars sold at the supermarket, cut them up, and put them in your vacuum cleaner bag - that will kill the fleas and the eggs. Vacuum at least once a day for several weeks. It's a lot of work, but it's the only way to safely get rid of fleas from carpeting and not risk poisoning or harm to your kitties.

The other thing is she could have allergies - and only a vet can determine this. If she were just losing hair, it could be stress - but combined with the itching, I think there's a medical problem if it isn't fleas.

Laurie
post #26 of 27
BTW - that pic is ADORABLE! I think cats are so cute when they leave their little tongues hanging out!



Laurie
post #27 of 27
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Thanks Laurie. We actually have no carpet in our house so possibly just cleaning all of our sheets would work. The vet wants near 400 dollars to spay and give Nala her first shots. I really don't have the money right now but there is a clinic that comes around here that is going to do it for about $67 dollars. However, the appointment is May 3rd.

About her hair loss. She hasn't been shedding too much hair anymore and it seems like it is growing back in. I'm still going to take her to the vet I just have to wait about a week to get the money.

Thanks for your help!
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