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New to the forum, and I already have a question for you all! I'm so needy.

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Hi there!
I'm new to your forum, so I should introduce myself, I suppose.
My name is Jessie, I'm 21, just got married last Sept., and I live in Utah (near Salt Lake City) with my husband Shay and my two cats, Jack and Clairabelle. I work at an emergency veterinary clinic out here. I love it! I get to love on dogs and cats all day, and I get to wear scrubs to work every day! Who could ask for more??

I'm actually wondering if anyone here has feedback for me on a situation I have come up against. Yesterday, while at work, I was offered a male kitten by one of our clients. Right now, I have my two, and they are so happy as it is. They cuddle all the time... they are best friends. They are both friendly, happy, loving cats, but I am afraid about introducing a 3rd to the mix. I am pretty sure the younger of the two, Clairabelle, would adjust fine, but Jack is sort of a hurt soul... he's been abandoned in the past, and he's pretty needy. I am afraid that If I get a third, that he will be the odd one out among the three of them, and that he will become reclusive. I suppose I could ask a vet at work about this, but I'd rather ask someone w/ personal experience at home. Has anybody come up against this issue? Any ideas?
Thanks for any feedback you all may have.
post #2 of 11
welcome to TCS! there's a great article that should help you here: introducing cats
post #3 of 11
I have had three that would all pile up together, and no one was the odd one out. Pearl, however, was abused before I got her, and she has never bonded with another cat. She is 8 years old, and just in the past year getting to the point she will even eat or sleep on the same bed with the others. I suspect she is much friendlier when no one is looking. It is just really hard to say without actually introducing them and letting them sort it out. I hope it works out well for them, whatever you decide.
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Is Clairabelle a male or female? How old are all of them? Neutered?

How close are Jack & Clairabelle? Like inseperable/sleep together-type relationship?
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Welcome to TheCatSite Jessie,
I am so glad that you, Jack & Clairabelle, have joined our wonderful community of caring people who love cats. I am sure that members will have some excellent feedback about your potential adoptee, fitting into your furfamily.

As you learn your way around our site, if you have questions, I would be happy to help you. Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name, then send a Private Message.
I will get back to you asap.
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Welcome to TCS!
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Welcome to TCS!
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Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!

post #9 of 11

Welcome to TCS!!! You found the best cat site around!

As for your question...

Males are much less territorial and you might be surpised to see who gets along better first. We had Enzo for six months, then Leya for six months, and then Stuart came along. Enzo adored Stuart, but wasn't sure about him, and Leya (who's blind) didn't care for him one bit.

On average it seems to take cats about 2 months to fully adjust to one another. Most people want to give up becuase they don't realize that it just takes time, and lots of it! Leya absolutely HATED Stuart when we brought him home and she was a real witch for an entire month. She was even mean to us!

It took Enzo about a month to love Stuart and Leya 2 months to tolerate Stuart, and about 3 months for her to accept that he was staying with us. As you can see in my welcome picture, they get along great now!
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Welcome to TCS. I'm glad you found us . You will never want to leave. So many cute kitties, so many good people, and so much good advice...what else could one want...LOL. Enjoy your stay By the way, your kitties should be fine if you introduce a third. Three really is company, they should be one big happy family

Peace, Love and Tie Dye ,
Rob & Sport
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