I know for some of you long time board members this is something you have addressed often, but for me it is a new problems and I would appreciate the favor of any tips you can give me. For a week now I have been trying to introduce a newly spade female feral cat into my home. She is a sweetie and has not done one wrong thing. The problem is our resident neutered male cat, Jake. He is not accepting her. He hisses and growls whenever she is near. (I never heard these noises out of him before.) She is still recouperating from surgery and we have a nice place set up for her in our extra bathroom. We bring her out several time a day in a cat carrier,for her protection, and let her watch the goings on in our household. This also gets her close to resident cat without putting her at risk. I've read several articles about introducing new cats but would like some personal tips if you can spare them. How long should I wait before removing the new cat from the crate? Will there be some specific behaviors that I can look for in resident cat that will give me a clue that he is mellowing and might eventually accept the new arrival? Thanks in advance. This is my first experience with this kind of thing and I'm getting frazzled.
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3/4/03 at 12:38pm