Hello everyone, I am new to this site, but it has already been a huge help! I will let you in on our whole scenario first I have a one and a half year old resident female cat who has quite an attitude. She has lived with us for about a year now. My husband and I work 12 hour shifts, 3 times a week in a row, and I didn't want her to be lonely during this time. So.... we went to a shelter and found a gorgeous female cat, who is also one and a half years old. They are both 8 1/2 pounds, so they are almost identical in size. I read the Behavioral Article on introducing a new cat to a resident cat, and we have followed the advice exactly so far. Things are going alright, and they have begun interacting through the bottom crack of the door to the room that the new cat is in. However, our resident baby still likes to growl and hiss at times, and is definately the "aggressor". The smell issue is a big one. We have rubbed the new cat's scent all over a blanket, and at first our resident cat's ears were plastered against her head while she growled insanely! Now we are at the point where she will drink milk out of a bowl sitting on top of the blanket without throwing a total fit. So she is improving.... The time is coming where we let them sniff noses and actually meet. I am interested in putting some vanilla extract on both their cheeks and topside of their tails, as this will make them smell very similiar. So here is my question: Should I also bathe them right before they meet in the same kitty shampoo, and then put the vanilla extract on each of them? That way, they would smell exactly alike. Is that a good idea? Also, it is still obvious to my husband and I that our resident cat isn't thrilled about having our new cat around. Sometimes she even growls at us, which she never did before! It makes me wonder if we should keep this new cat The whole reason we got her in the first place was to be a companion to our resident cat. I just feel sooooo guilty because I don't want our baby to be mad or miserable So far, she has made it pretty clear that she is not happy with having a new cat around, although she is making a tiny bit of progress. Am I doing the right thing by going through with this and keeping the new kitty? The new one is so sweet! It is our baby that is making me doubtful Any answers to my questions or advice on this situation would be wonderful. Thank you!
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5/28/07 at 8:56am