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Is 3 cats too many?

post #1 of 13
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is 3 cats to many to have in a house? and since the new cat is a girl i will have 2 girls and 2 boy, will the new female not get along with the resident female? they are all less than a year old!
any advice about introducing a new femae cat?
post #2 of 13
Some of the members here recommend introducing new cats gradually. Here are a few links to previous discussions for more information. http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ducing+new+cat
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...o+resident+cat http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ing+new+kitten
post #3 of 13
You'll want to consider whether you have enough litter boxes, and whether you can handle the extra time and trouble. I had four cats in a large house, but they were indoor, outdoor cats. I had litter boxes and eventually a kitty door. One of my cats insisted on using the laundry room floor however, and it didn't seem to matter what I did! I don't let mine out any more because our road is very busy.
post #4 of 13
I don't think you can ever have too many cats as long as you can afford to take care of them all. If you take the time to gradually introduce them, especially if the new one is young, it generally works out just fine.
We have 13 cats and there's an occasional tiff, but for the most part everyone likes each other.
post #5 of 13
Double the pleaseure - double the fun!
Good luck with your decision.......
post #6 of 13
I agree with Sandie-you can never have too much cats! I have 9, but I wish I had more! All mine do get along, but they also don't get along sometimes. Sorry, I can't give you any advice about introducing your cats...
post #7 of 13
I would put the new cat in a seperate room for a few days, and let her get used to her surrounding. Let the others sniff her thru the door. And, then gradually bring her out. When we first got Scooter and Gizmo (not together, though) we kept them in a seperate bedroom for quite a while, but that was because they were only 7 weeks old. We let them out to play and that is how they got used to each other. My advice is to be patient and not rush it
post #8 of 13
Friend of mine has 3 cats, 2 females and 1 male and she doesn't think it's too much either, enough for them though. We have 2 and I'd love to get more but we have to get a bigger place to live first
post #9 of 13
As long as you handle the introductions slowly and carefully, and as long as there is enough room in your house for each cat to have their own "space", plus enough food and water dishes and litter boxes, you shouldn't have any problems. We have 10 house cats, and other than the occasional hissy fit everyone gets along nicely. As each was adopted we started them off in a large bedroom for a couple of weeks, with the door closed. Then we slowly started allowing selected cats in to meet the newbies...starting with the calmest in the family. We've only had one real fight, and that happened while we were out of town; Someone bit our Missy and she developed a nasty infection. Our vet happens to also be a behavior specialist and we think we've determined who did the biting and why, and have taken steps to prevent any more issues. We have a fairly large house, so everyone has plenty of room to pick their spots. We keep out 10 food dishes, 3 large waterers, and have 5 litter boxes that I scoop out twice a day at least. YOu wouldn't know when you walked in the door that we even have cats; and a wonderful dog too! So, adopt your new furbabies and enjoy!
post #10 of 13
Welcome! Your experience with such a big and healthy household will be a helpful addition to the behavior board! I'm glad you dropped in.
post #11 of 13
Thanks! Glad I found this site...so far I love it! Where in KY are you? I lived in Bowling Green for a year back in the '70's and LOVED it!
post #12 of 13
I live in Mayfield, about 30 miles south of Paducah. It is beautiful country here!
post #13 of 13
I graduated from Murray State University. That area really is pretty.
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