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post #1 of 8
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My friend has asked me if I could cat sit her kitty for 2-3 months. She's the same age as Luna and needs someone to take her because of some living arrangements and if she can't find anyone she may have to give her up altogether.

I said we'd need to test her out with Luna first to make sure Luna is happy, but I'm worried Luna will become attached to her which will make it hard when it's time for my friend's cat to leave.

What are the chances they'd develop a bond in that amount of time? I don't want Luna to be upset when my friend's cat goes.
post #2 of 8
I'll be honest Harley has been here now for almost 10 months and if he left I dont think Jack would even notice, actually I take that back, he would notice and he'd immediately throw a party.

It all depends on the cat. Jack and Harley get along but they definitely aren't best friends.

Leslie
post #3 of 8
You are a good friend and pet lover to consider helping out by fostering for a while. Another question to ask, though, is how you feel about having two cats! In many situations like this, the foster home becomes permanent.

You may have thought of this already, but I would also make sure the guest is thoroughly vetted before you bring her into your house (if that's what you decide to do). I'm guessing your friend is a good cat owner and that there is little to worry about, but I've seen others learn the hard way that you can't make assumptions about this.
post #4 of 8
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I had been thinking about getting another cat a lot recently, but had been putting it off, so I wouldn't mind if this cat became permanent, but if she isn't I want to make sure it doesn't affect Luna.

I did let my friend know that her kitty would need to be fully vaccinated, desexed, wormed and flea free if I take her in, which is all good. And also I'd want to test her out with Luna before I agree to make sure they get along.

So now I just have to think about whether or not Luna would get attached in the event that everything goes to plan and my friend does take her cat back in 2 months time...
post #5 of 8
I've had many fosters - I had PJ & Punky for well over a year before they were adopted. Dory mourned their loss, Ophelia & Molly had a party! Every cat is different - and if she does miss her new friend, it is *usually* short lived.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by lunalover View Post
And also I'd want to test her out with Luna before I agree to make sure they get along.
Depending on the cats it can months for them to get along, you can't really tell from one meeting if it's going to work out or not.
post #7 of 8
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I just need to make sure they're not going to hate eachother.

Luna is a pretty curious/friendly cat when it comes to people, so I'm hoping she'll be the same when it comes to cats. Whenever a new person comes over she climbs all over them and sniffs their faces...

So yeah, I'm hoping she's just as friendly to other cats but I don't want her to get attached and then grieve the other cat leaving in 2 months
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by lunalover View Post
I just need to make sure they're not going to hate eachother.

Luna is a pretty curious/friendly cat when it comes to people, so I'm hoping she'll be the same when it comes to cats. Whenever a new person comes over she climbs all over them and sniffs their faces...

So yeah, I'm hoping she's just as friendly to other cats but I don't want her to get attached and then grieve the other cat leaving in 2 months
You probably won't know how the cats will react until they're properly introduced. If Luna seems to like the idea of a companion, and, if this other cat ends up leaving, you could get her a permanent friend.
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