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post #1 of 29
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My name is Jacy.

I'll be posting questions often, since I'm a new cat owner. I've had one cat Gary for 9 months, and he's the king of the house. I never liked cats until he came to my doorstep. His fur is unbelievably soft. Softer than rabbit fur!!! Now look at me....just yesterday, I added another new kitty to our familiy, Sophie. She is a sweetheart. Gary is not happy AT ALL about it, and very jealous. Although he hasn't hissed as much today, I still worry about the two of them, but mainly Gary and his moodiness. Sophie seems to be getting tired of his crap....maybe he'll get tired of his own crap.

Another concern I have is Gary's diet. He's starting to gain weight and looking chubbier around the middle. How can I control his weight? Keep in mind that I have the new 'slim' kitty hanging around, so they'll each require different daily portions.

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 29
Thread Starter 
Here is Gary



and Sophie




They both have similar color patterns. Last night without my glasses on I kept on getting them mixed up! Their Grey and White spots, when blurry, look the same! =)
post #3 of 29
Hi Jacy, Gary and Sophie. Welcome to TCS! Gary and Sophie are gorgeous kitties. I'm looking forward to more pics!

I was thinking you could feed Gary one of those weight control formula cat foods and try to keep him away from Sophie's food.
post #4 of 29
hi and welcome to TCS!!!!


See you on the forums
post #5 of 29
Welcome!

I have 4 black cats - 3 with short hair. How do I tell them apart at a glance? Their breakaway collars are color coded!

Salem: Red
Andy: Yellow
Raven: White with spots

Max is the long haired one - so he is easy to spot.... plus he does have a color...blue I think... kinda hard to tell under all that hair!
post #6 of 29
Hi jacydale,

The first week of Old Cat vs. New Cat is always the roughest. I think my first cat always wanted to be an only child, but she enjoyed play-fighting with our second cat (and cuddling with him when they thought we weren't looking!) When we introduced our third and fourth cats, Basia spent the first 5 or 6 days hissing and growling, but eventually accepted them.

By the way, welcome!
post #7 of 29
hi and welcome! Your kitties are beautiful! The member "Pat & Alix" is very knowledgable when it comes to kitty nutrition. I would PM them if I were you.

My kitty, Juicy, is nearing a year old and I've switched him (early) to adult food, rather than kitty food because he was getting too chubby from it. I would consider that too, if i were you.

post #8 of 29
Your cats are beautiful! Welcome to TCS!
post #9 of 29
Hi Jacy, Gary and Sophie Welcome to TCS
post #10 of 29
Hi,
I'm new here. I have 8 cats, 2 dogs, and 3 horses, one a colt just born in April. Just say we're animal people. We are really partial to our "little people with fur coats, though. My husband and I just love this site.
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by jacydale
My name is Jacy.

I'll be posting questions often, since I'm a new cat owner. I've had one cat Gary for 9 months, and he's the king of the house. I never liked cats until he came to my doorstep. His fur is unbelievably soft. Softer than rabbit fur!!! Now look at me....just yesterday, I added another new kitty to our familiy, Sophie. She is a sweetheart. Gary is not happy AT ALL about it, and very jealous. Although he hasn't hissed as much today, I still worry about the two of them, but mainly Gary and his moodiness. Sophie seems to be getting tired of his crap....maybe he'll get tired of his own crap.

Another concern I have is Gary's diet. He's starting to gain weight and looking chubbier around the middle. How can I control his weight? Keep in mind that I have the new 'slim' kitty hanging around, so they'll each require different daily portions.

Thanks for your help.
You also may want to spend time with Gary playing with a feather toy in order to provide him extra exercise time.

Katie
post #12 of 29
Hi Jacydale,
With 8 cats in our family, we introduced Ripley last year. There was a lot of hissing and spitting, but like people, adult cats just can't resist a kitten. A few started playing with Ripley in a few days. Now the older ones are playing just like kittens again. Your Gary will eventually accept Sophie and with all the playing they will do, he will reduce his jelly belly too. Good luck.
post #13 of 29
Welcome to you and your babies there very sweet looking enjoy the site and all the wonderful people, and any kind of help you need all you have to do is ask
post #14 of 29
Hi, and welcome!

Sounds like you have a great family! I'm sure you'll enjoy it here.
post #15 of 29
Welcome to TCS. Both of your babes are gorgeous!
post #16 of 29
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Unfortunately there was a bad cat fight in my house last night. Sophie, the new kitty, attacked Gary. I felt awful for him, so I returned her back to her original owner. I never thought she'd turn like that, even when he was starting to come around. But through it all I now realize that Gary is more dear to me than I ever thought. So, I guess it's just the two of us from now on.

post #17 of 29
Hi! I am Bobbie, and my cats are 5 year old males.
I have them on a diet. Humble only eats dry food, and he has 1/2-2/3 cup of IAMS weight control every day, spread out over the day. I put 1/4 cup at the time out and put it up after 30 minutes. Then I give him more later on.
He currenlt weighs 13.8 pounds.

Shenandoah only likes wet food, and he gets 1 1/2 - 2 cans of Fancy Feast a day, spread out.
He weighs 13.1 pounds.

The vet says they are OK, but he would like for them to lose a pound.


They whine and meow, but I do not give in much.
post #18 of 29
Hello and welcome!!!!

post #19 of 29
welcome!!!
post #20 of 29
Welcome to TCS, your Gary is beautiful. Maybe he is scare that you will replace him with the new cat.
post #21 of 29
Hello Jacy, welcome to the site. You too Kitty Ripper Jacy, how long did you have Sophie? It can take quite awhile before cats will get along when a new one is introduced. Sometimes, it is rather easy, other times, it can take a few weeks or more. The best thing to do with a new cat in the house, especially if it isn't a little kitten, is to put the new cat in a room by itself. This way, both cats can get used to each others scents though the bottom of the door. You could put blankets and towels that Gary slept on in the other room with the new kitty. Cats are territorial animals and they need to work things out between themselves. If you are lucky, this can go rather easily, sometimes it just takes a while. I have 7 cats, 5 domestics and 2 wild Bobcats, that all live in the house together and love each other very much. Yes, there was and sometimes still are, a few cat spats here and there, but most of the time, they get along fine. Maybe you can try Sophie again? Just give her time and her own space for awhile, until she gets used to the new place. Cats can not be forced to get along with each other, they work it out on their own terms. Good luck with your new kitty family
post #22 of 29
welcome! I am donna proudly owned by the incredible trio
post #23 of 29
Welcome!! Jacy, Gary and Sophie to TCS!

Thank you for posting those wonderful pictures, I look forward to seeing more
post #24 of 29
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Fat Clumsy Cat
Welcome to TCS, your Gary is beautiful. Maybe he is scare that you will replace him with the new cat.
This was the main reason I took the other kitty back. I felt guilty because I didn't want Gary to think I was replacing him. I guess he likes being the man of the house. See, at first I thought it might be good for him to have a friend....I don't think he wants any friends but me. I'm fine with that
post #26 of 29
Sorry you had to take Sophie back, but Gary is beautiful.
post #27 of 29
Hello, and welcome!
post #28 of 29
Hi Jacy, Gary and Sophie Welcome to TCS
post #29 of 29
Welcome to TCS! I hope you, and your kitty enjoy your time here as much as I have! There are lots of caring cat loving people here that can help you out! Feel free to ask as many questions as you have or like!
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