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Adopting a Newbie?

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This might not be in the right forum...I don't get on here much.

Background. I have Sammie, a spayed tabby, I adopted her as a 6-month-old kitten from my son's cat's litter. She is used to being an only. Inside kitty. Has shown her spunk when she is on the screened porch and a local cat ventured into her territory...as in she seems to want to attack.

Here is what happened today at work:

Came back from lunch to see a cat carrier on one of the chairs in the lobby. I asked whose kitty...the receptionist only had a moment to say "Donna" before the phone rang.

Well, Donna comes to the front and I am looking in the carrier. I ask about the kitty. Donna says she has rescued it. Of course, my heart went out to her, thinking she had found it and was taking it home.

Come to find out the real story is that she was in a store nearby and the cat was in the carrier. Donna asked about it and the owners said they could not keep it and it was going to the pound. Well, we know what happens there.

Donna was looking for a home for said kitty. She has 2 already and her hubby would kill her if she tried to bring another in.

I actually held her. She is one year old, apparently is an Angora Persian, from what I could glean. She is so beautiful and I am still tempted.

A concern: Sammie is used to being an "only." Sammie has claws. This kitty was declawed (front). I don't want Sammie to be upset and hurt the new cat.

Thoughts? I can't be home to supervise and protect the new kitty.
post #2 of 5
Do you have a seperate room kitty can live in till you can make proper introductions? Read the thread posted here about proper intros. It is very informative. Cats who are declawed can live with those that aren't. Cats who have been the "only" can live with others also. It just takes trying it out and seeing if it works for your specific cats.

Making sure you approach the introductions properly is important. Till then keep her in a seperate room.

I think it is wonderful you are willing to do this even though you have concerns and hopefully this will be looked upon as one of the best decisions you have ever made. You won't know till you give it a try!
post #3 of 5
I would give it a try.
Introduce them slowly.
post #4 of 5
My old lady kitty Shasta (RB) was an only cat for 14 years, fully clawed, when we made the decision to try out adopting two 6 year old declawed males who needed a new home. Shasta did give ME what-for at first, but she never, not once, even threatened to harm the boys -- even when Nibs wanted to play and she didn't, all he got was a hiss. They were 7 years in the same house, quite amicably, and she did forgive me.

I'd do it again in a hearbeat. I'd say give it a go. You won't know until you try.

ETA: Of course, as has already been said, proper intros and separation until you can do them would be important.
post #5 of 5
I have a feeling you have already decided! And if you already said yes, I can't blame you! In this situation it is so important to keep the new kitty in a separate room for atleast one week, the slower the introduction, the better results!
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