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Post by Joy » Thu, 04 Apr 2013 06:44:40




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> Debbie was uncomfortable with Coco not eating or drinking so she wanted
> to take him back.  As soon as she appeared, Coco seemed relieved and did
> eat a little.  I will miss him but he is 14 years old and will be much
> happier in his old home.  Tiger seems happier now too.

> You gave up too soon.

What's done is done.  Criticism isn't going to make him feel any better.

Joy

 
 
 

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Post by Christina Websel » Thu, 04 Apr 2013 06:54:05


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> What's done is done.  Criticism isn't going to make him feel any better.

 It's not critism.
 
 
 

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Post by ---MIKE- » Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:16:28


So that everybody understands - I would have been willing to wait a few
more days.  Coco was Debbie's cat and was "given" to me on condition
that everything worked out okay.  She was concerned that it would not be
good for a 14 year old cat to go without food or water for too long.
She wanted to bring him back home.  As soon as he got home he ate up a
storm.  I'll miss him but this was Debbie's call.

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

 
 
 

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Post by jmcquow » Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:28:35



Quote:
> So that everybody understands - I would have been willing to wait a few
> more days.  Coco was Debbie's cat and was "given" to me on condition
> that everything worked out okay.  She was concerned that it would not be
> good for a 14 year old cat to go without food or water for too long.
> She wanted to bring him back home.  As soon as he got home he ate up a
> storm.  I'll miss him but this was Debbie's call.

> ---MIKE---

> In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
> (44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

I appreciate you trying to integrate Coco with Tiger.  Thank you.  I'm
glad she was able to take him back.  It may have only taken a little
more time but yes, at that age, not eating for two days is something to
be concerned about.

Jill

 
 
 

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Post by HiTher » Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:40:56




Quote:



> Debbie was uncomfortable with Coco not eating or drinking so she wanted
> to take him back.  As soon as she appeared, Coco seemed relieved and did
> eat a little.  I will miss him but he is 14 years old and will be much
> happier in his old home.  Tiger seems happier now too.

> You gave up too soon.

Inappropriate comment, Tweed.
 
 
 

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Post by jmcquow » Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:04:11



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>> What's done is done.  Criticism isn't going to make him feel any better.

>   It's not critism.

Sounded rather chastising to me.

Jill

 
 
 

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Post by Joy » Fri, 05 Apr 2013 02:54:09



So that everybody understands - I would have been willing to wait a few
more days.  Coco was Debbie's cat and was "given" to me on condition
that everything worked out okay.  She was concerned that it would not be
good for a 14 year old cat to go without food or water for too long.
She wanted to bring him back home.  As soon as he got home he ate up a
storm.  I'll miss him but this was Debbie's call.

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

***

I understand.  I know you can get attached to them very quickly.  Purrs for
the right companion for Tiger to be found.

Joy

 
 
 

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Post by Bastett » Fri, 05 Apr 2013 09:10:27


 > So far Coco hasn't eaten anything.  There haven't been any fights with
 > Tiger - just some stareing and spitting.  I brought Coco onto my bed
 > last night but he left after a little while.  He got on my lap this
 > morning and nuzzled my hand.  If he doesn't eat soon I may have to bring
 > him back.

Is there a way to keep them in separate rooms for a while? Maybe it would
be easier for Tiger if he didn't have to deal with another cat all at once?

I agree with other posters that he's probably just nervous and can't eat
yet (though, are you sure he's not chomping on some when you're not there?).
It's too early to worry about it, though - you've only had him for a day!

--
Joyce

I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better
for it.                                    -- Abraham Lincoln

 
 
 

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Post by jmcquow » Sat, 06 Apr 2013 01:05:27



Quote:


> So that everybody understands - I would have been willing to wait a few
> more days.  Coco was Debbie's cat and was "given" to me on condition
> that everything worked out okay.  She was concerned that it would not be
> good for a 14 year old cat to go without food or water for too long.
> She wanted to bring him back home.  As soon as he got home he ate up a
> storm.  I'll miss him but this was Debbie's call.

> ---MIKE---

> In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
> (44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

> ***

> I understand.  I know you can get attached to them very quickly.  Purrs for
> the right companion for Tiger to be found.

> Joy

Or as I've mentioned in another thread, maybe Tiger doesn't need another
companion.  He might be just fine without another kitty, regardless of age.

I've mentioned my neighbor's cats many times over the years.  Fedders
went to the RB in February.  She first said Schwartzie didn't seem to
miss him.  Then later she said his behaviour did change a little.  I
think she used the word "clingy".  I do think he knows Fedders is gone.
  But when I really I think about it, Schwartzie is enjoying now being
the only cat there to get *all* of her full-time attention.

Jill

 
 
 

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Post by ---MIKE- » Sat, 06 Apr 2013 05:51:31


Today I picked up Swazzie from a shelter in my town.  She is ten years
old and very friendly.  Right now she is in hiding mode between my two
couches so I can reach down easily to pet her.  I haven't heard any
spitting and Tiger seems unconcerned.  I think Swazzie is a bit scared
of the new house (and Tiger).  I'm hoping she will come out of hiding
soon.

---MIKE---

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')

 
 
 

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Post by Mary » Sat, 06 Apr 2013 07:06:46



Today I picked up Swazzie from a shelter in my town.  She is ten years
old and very friendly.  Right now she is in hiding mode between my two
couches so I can reach down easily to pet her.  I haven't heard any
spitting and Tiger seems unconcerned.  I think Swazzie is a bit scared
of the new house (and Tiger).  I'm hoping she will come out of hiding
soon.

---MIKE---

Mike,

When introducing a new cat to a home with another cat, it is a good idea to
keep the new cat in a room by herself for a few days.  This is best both for
the new cat (Swazzie) and for the existing cat (Tiger).  Introductions
should be very slow and careful.  It can be a recipe for disaster when a new
cat is simply placed in the same room with the existing cat with the hope
that "everything will work out."  When I adopted Duffy, I placed him in a
comfortable room, and I alternated between sitting in the room with him and
staying in the rest of the house with Holly.  Don't try to pet Swazzie if
she seems nervous--just sit in the room and wait for her to come to you
instead of you going to her.  Have food and water nearby plus plenty of toys
(and, of course, a litter box).  If you have a feather on a stick, gently
move it back in forth in front of her to attract her attention.  You could
also slowly move a string around (but *do not leave it someplace where she
can reach it on her own--you need to be on the other end of the string at
all times).  A laser pointer or ball that makes noise is a good option.
Placing Swazzie in a single room for awhile will allow her to slowly become
accustomed to the house and will also give both cats an opportunity to
accept the scents of the other.  Use a cloth to pet each cat, thereby
transferring scents back and forth between the cats.  It can be helpful to
leave a TV or radio tuned to classical or easy-listening music when you are
out of the room.  Don't worry if it takes Swazzie awhile (even a few days)
to come out of hiding.  In my case, I waited several weeks before I left
Holly and Duffy alone when I was out of the house, but that was because
Holly had previously shown extreme "attitude" toward other cats that
approached me.  Remember, everything is new to her--you, Tiger, the house,
even toys and litter box.  Don't expect too much too soon.  Give her time!

Good luck with Swazzie, and thank you for adopting her from a shelter.

MaryL

 
 
 

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Post by Christina Websel » Sat, 06 Apr 2013 08:24:26



Today I picked up Swazzie from a shelter in my town.  She is ten years
old and very friendly.  Right now she is in hiding mode between my two
couches so I can reach down easily to pet her.  I haven't heard any
spitting and Tiger seems unconcerned.  I think Swazzie is a bit scared
of the new house (and Tiger).  I'm hoping she will come out of hiding
soon.

---MIKE---

Great news.  Let us know how it goes.

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
(44 15' N - Elevation 1580')