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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

I met a woman who wants to get rid of her 1 year old himalayan (male). I am not sure how he will get along with Ellie. So I guess my question is....for those of you who had one cat and then adopted/bought another was it the best decision you made? Also since I already have a female, is it best to bring in the opposite sex? or does that not matter?

Thanks
post #2 of 22
All cats are different, but Rosie had just turned 2 years old when i brought Sophie home at 6 weeks.

Being a kitten i really expected Rosie to take to Sophie straight away, but instead she hissed and growled at her and ran up to her room then when i went up to her i put my hand out to her to stroke but she hissed and growled at me and gave me a bat with her paw

BUT!!! 2 weeks later Rosie had finally accepted Sophie and i found her grooming her and if you look in fur pages i've put some new pictures on because their now best friends

Go through the introducions properly and it should be fine
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by WeLoveEllie
Hi everyone,

I met a woman who wants to get rid of her 1 year old himalayan (male). I am not sure how he will get along with Ellie. So I guess my question is....for those of you who had one cat and then adopted/bought another was it the best decision you made? Also since I already have a female, is it best to bring in the opposite sex? or does that not matter?

Thanks
Why does she want to "get rid of" a cat as gorgeous as a Himmie??

If you decide to add this boy to your family, as long as they are altered there should be no trouble as long as introductions are made gradually.
Read this very informative article on the main site on how to introduce the "new kid". I'm sure others will be along shortly with much more, always fabulous advice
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
rosiemac, They are so cute!!! That is great they are best friends, they look so adorable together.

RicaLynn, She told me that she developed allergies, and she did not have enough time for him. Thanks for the link.

I don't think people really think about the whole picture when they buy/adopt pet/s. It is a commitment to the animals for the duration of their lives.

He is a really sweet, gentle and loving boy. If he joins our family I will pick him up on Sunday. If it was up to her she would have given him to me already, I just needed a few days to think about it, and find out what I would have to do and what to expect etc.

Thanks so much for your responses.

Anyone else care to give me your experiences while bringing in a new cat/kitten, or advice, I would appreciate it.

Thanks
post #5 of 22
That article that Erica linked for you is a great place to start. I'll move this to Behavior for you.
post #6 of 22
If you do decide to adopt the gorgeous little guy, the article listed as a link will be very helpful.
Take it slow, whatever you do, and accept the fact that it will take weeks, months, possibly even a whole year for them to fully acclimate to having the other cat around.
Good luck and feel free to post away when you get Mr. Cute Guy home if you have any questions.
And, of course, make sure everybody's spayed, neutered and fully vaccinated before bringing the new guy home!
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
OllyExtra05,

I did find the link very helpful, I love the blanket method. He is already neutered, and Ellie has a doctors (spaying) appointment next Friday. As far as all of his shots she showed me his records and everything is up to date. If he joins our family I will make a check up appointment with my vet.

I am happy I found this site!!

Thanks everyone for being so helpful!!
post #8 of 22
Oh how exciting. I followed what is said in the article when I introduced Inca to Redford and Cassidy. When we brought Inca home we put him in the home office and let him get used to us and introduced him slowly with supervised visits to the other two. It turned out great but it did take some time for the kits to establish their pecking order. We had a couple of incidents but with time and patience they now get along great with no problems. I couldn't imagine life without all of them. Best wishes I can't wait to see pictures.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Update...........I called the woman last night about Yoshi, and asked her when a good time was to pick him up on Sunday. She told me she sent him to an animal shelter. I am so mad. I asked her why and why she didn't call me. She said she couldn't wait until Sunday for me to pick him up, and said she didn't know why she didn't call me. When we discussed it last weekend, she was fine with it. OMG I am so mad!!!
post #10 of 22
Oh what a horrible woman! Can you get to the shelter or not?!
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Rosiemac, I asked her what shelter, and she gave me the info. I am going to call there this morning. They don't open until 11am and right now it is 7:25 am.
post #12 of 22
i hope they give you the cat when you explain the situation.

i bet your pacing the floor waiting for them to open!
post #13 of 22
Let us know what happens
post #14 of 22
Oh that's awful! I would be furious at this woman!
Hopefully the shelter has not had her adopted out. I would think that would not be the case because I used to work for a shelter they had a 7 day review and quarantine process before allowing a cat to be put out in the adoption center. My guess is most places have this same process.
Best of luck and let us know what happens!!!!!!!
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

I went to the animal shelter, and they told me they don't have a cat that fits that description. I called Leah and she told me "that's were I brought him". So either she is lying or someone at the shelter wants him.
post #16 of 22
could you not tell them it was your cat she brought in? have you got/could you get any photos of him you could take down with you?
post #17 of 22
I would go back again and speak to someone else til you get some answers, with a picture if you can.
As he was just brought in, he won't be in the same area as the rest of the kits...He will be in a holding area in the back likely..Ask someone if you can do a walk through.
They should let you.
That staff member could have JUST came on shift or not known there was a cat brought in that fits his description...

Let us know!
and good LUCK!
post #18 of 22
What kind of horrible people pull a stunt like that with someone's pet? I would be furious. Good luck and let us know what happens!
post #19 of 22
Well, had a 10-11 month old male Manx cross cat, Max, when I brought home Serena. She's a himilayan-persian cross, and is very small (runt of her litter). I was very worried about her, but I decided to let them be together while I was supervising. At first, they fought, and Max would bite her and be quite aggressive with her, but now, after nearly 6 months of being together, they will lay together on the couch and clean each other. The first 2-3 weeks were very tough. I cried a little when Max was too mean to Serena, but they both get along great now. For the first little while, make sure they have seperate food / water dishes, and possibly seperate litter boxes. And i'd leave Serena downstairs when I went to work in the morning so that Max couldn't hurt her. Hope these tips help, and good luck!!!
post #20 of 22
I have a kitty that is a year old. A few months ago, I brought home a 4 (?) month old kitten ("Sony"). For the first week or two, my kitty would not go NEAR Sony. Finally she got the guts to sit about a foot away from Sony, where they would growl back and forth at each other - it was very scary sounding. Now, it has been around 2 months, and they get along really well. Sony is always following my kitty around, and often tries to cuddle with her. Who would have thought that the angry kitties I knew 2 months ago would become such good buddies!? That was just my experience..
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by WeLoveEllie
Hi everyone,

I met a woman who wants to get rid of her 1 year old himalayan (male). I am not sure how he will get along with Ellie. So I guess my question is....for those of you who had one cat and then adopted/bought another was it the best decision you made? Also since I already have a female, is it best to bring in the opposite sex? or does that not matter?

Thanks
Yes, it worked out great for me. My cats get along wonderfully well. They play and groom each other. They only hissed and growled at each other for a day or two, after that, I couldn't keep them apart. I kept a new one in a room by himself, but they tried to get to each other to play. By the way, they are both persians, just like your cat.
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by WeLoveEllie
Hi everyone,

I went to the animal shelter, and they told me they don't have a cat that fits that description. I called Leah and she told me "that's were I brought him". So either she is lying or someone at the shelter wants him.
Well, you already know this woman is not particularly honest, since she promised the cat to you, but then told you she took the cat to the shelter. Who knows what she actually did with the cat. But if she did took the cat to a shelter, and someone else actually took the cat, I don't think there is anything you can do, as once the cat is in the shelter, whoever says they want him first get the cat. But there are always other kitties you could adopt if you can't find this one.
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