Hi - I have a 11 year old cat and had another which I had to put to sleep on January 3rd (Great New Year, eh?).... It was the worst - I never had to make that horrible decision. Romeo and Jake had been together since they were 1 or 2 - I moved to a farm w/Romy and Jake was there along with about 15 other barn cats (all neutered and healthy I might add!). Jake is a very sociable animal. So when my Romy had to be put to sleep - very suddenly - he became very clingy, kinda depressed and a little aggressive w/me and I new I had to get another. I got Jinx last thursday and he's awesome. They are adjusting well, I have jinx in a bedroom for himself, and have started to let them see each other. They hissed the first time, but now, they eat breakfast about two feet from each other (Jake just outside the door, me in the middle and Jinxy in his room)and are perfectly content to do so. They still have not been in the house together because the shelter I got him from said to take it ssslllooowww.... Well Jinx is adjusting really well and Jake as well, but the problem is now that Jinx has began to explore, when I put him back in his room, he cries and cries. I feel bad, but worse, he does it ALL NIGHT. And Jake answers him! I think they really want to be together - Jake really was missing Romeo - they chirp at eachother and meow thru the door - and when they see each other there is no hissing or anything. What can I do to quiet Jinx down? I don't want to rush things and let them be together quite yet, because I really want this to go well. Jinx is still hesitant to go downstairs and I want him to be comfortable with the whole house. I think Jake just wants a friend. I DON'T want to rush things. Any suggestions??? Sorry so long, just thought I'd give the background. Also, I'm going skiing for 4 days, starting friday and coming back monday - my sister is staying @ the house and I don't want her to be kept up all night! I've never adopted an older cat (Jinx is almost 4), and I'm looking for some help!
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1/22/02 at 7:59am