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I'm new to this site and new to my curent cat. I had cats growing up but the last of them crossed the bridge a little over a yar ago. I just started living with a new one and it's not going as smoothly as I'd hoped so I turned here for help.

I X-posted the below question in the stray cat area.

A few weeks ago someone hit a cat outside my friend's house. He took it in and had it patched up, altered and vaccinated. Then he gave him to me because he doens't want another cat.
This cat (Rockstar) is really shy and defensive. It's been almost two weeks and I haven't seen him since the end of his introductory period in the bathroom. I'm pretty sure he isn't feral since he always uses the litter box and when he swipes at me he never extends his claws.
I'm thinking about getting a second cat, for a few reasons.

One, Rockstar should have something in the house that he isn't afraid of, to ease the stress.

Two, I should have a cat in the house that doesn't hate me, because this is really depressing.

Three, I have a theory that if Rockstar bonds with the new cat, and the new cat is friendly to me and has my scent on it, it will help Rockstar get used to me.

I haven't decided between a kitten and a full grown cat. I think a kitte would be less threatening to rockstar and more fun for me, but a full grown cat would already be litterbox trained and be more able to defend itself if Rockstar is agressive.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 12
I'm by no means a cat expert, so I wont give any advice, but it must really suck to have a cat who's not friendly like that... Give him time, I guess, and he might get used to the situation and grow more used to you and the environment?

Welcome to TCS, anyway, and I hope you get some good advice from the more experienced cat owners here. :-) They're a good bunch for helping out.

I'd ask if you could upload a photo of Rockstar, but if you never see him I guess that'd be hard, lol.

Kudos to you and your friend for taking in an injured cat, by the way. Warms the cockles of my heart, it does. <3
post #3 of 12

Welcome to our community of caring people who love cats.
You might want to post some of your questions about Rockstar and a new kitty,
in our behavior thread too.
As you learn your way around our site, if you have questions, click on my username, send a Private Message, I will do what I can to help.
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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 #7 of 12
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and Rockstar to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

I hope you find some answers in the behaviour forum. I'd be inclined to give it a while before introducing another kitty. Poor Rockstar has been through quite an ordeal and is getting used to a whole new life. He's bound to be a bit disorientated at first. When we took Adelaide in, it took a long time and lots of patience. Good luck
post #8 of 12
Hello and welcome!

Hope your kittie woes get better. I would have to vote no on getting another cat so soon, IMO
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Hello and Welcome to TCS!
post #11 of 12

I would have to vote NO on getting another kitty so soon too. This is my reason. He needs time to heal not only his physical but emotional wounds. Cats are sensitive.

What you ca do to help him along and create a bond is spend time near where he is just talking to him and leaving treats and toys nearby. Your calm voice will show him you are not to be feared. Think about what cats do with their "kills", they bring them as gifts to people they love right? So by leaving the treats and toys nearby after talking to him in a calm way shows him you want to be friends.

Can you also cut down on any noises in the houses that may scare him? Like extra people or loud music or tv? That may help also.

Good luck and welcome again!
post #12 of 12
Sport and Rob welcome you to the most fantastic feline site in the entire universe . The people and the advice is out of this world...yuk, yuk..
Seriously though...welcome, this is a great place!

Rob & Sport
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