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Introducing Cats

I inherited “Scooby” the cat in July and I need some advice in introducing him to my other two cats.

He belonged to a friend of mine who passed away earlier this year. The cat had escaped the house and had been living outdoors. I finally caught him with a humane society trap.

I’d been intending to re-home him, as I’d re-homed another cat in my friend’s household, but then one of my cats (Cloud) died suddenly and unexpectedly (he was 15 years old, and the vet said it was probably a heart attack).

I still intended to re-home Scooby, but he’s at least 7 – 8 years old and has an odd facial deformity. I’d assumed it was some kind of cleft palate, but the vet said it was actually a congenital condition called eosinophilic granuloma, not contagious to my other cats. By this time I’d become fond of him and decided to keep him, but because both of my other cats, Pele and Roshi, are elderly, and Pele has been having some health issues, the vet had me “quarantine” him for the first several weeks from the other cats.

After the quarantine period was up I’d gotten advice on how to introduce cats, and I followed various suggestions – letting them smell each other through doors, supervised introductions, etc. There was the usual grring and hissing from all parties, but it went well enough that I was hopeful I could let them all mingle freely shortly.

Scooby’s been living in the back part of the house – the laundry room, office and “family room”. There’s a sliding door between the family room and the kitchen, and I’ve been having to use tape and Quake Hold to keep it shut, as all three kitties are good at opening sliding doors.

Then I made a big mistake. I went out shopping for a couple of hours; but because things had been going well I got lazy and didn't put enough tape on the door.

When I got home the door was open to a cat's width and the kitchen floor was LITTERED with black and grey fur and a bunch of stuff was knocked down on the sink.

Roshi was under one bed, Pele under another and Scooby was hiding in the family room.

All kitties were OK. Scooby had a clawed nose; and he’d nicked Pele’s eye (yet one more vet bill, sigh). But she recovered quickly, thankfully.

Now the door is thoroughly taped shut. This is, to say the least, inconvenient.

Any advice? I want my whole house back. I can get to the back half of the house through a bathroom door, but it’s definitely not ideal.
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I wish I could advise you on this. My only attempt at introducing a new cat to Frank ended with a frightened cat and my really pissed off one (luckily, the cat was just spending the night).

This is a link
I found and bookmarked at the time. Hope it's of some use.
Usually, the gradual thing is enough, but Scooter and Reg would lay in wait to attack the other every day for years. Eventually, they became good friends but I kept the broom handy for quite a while to break them up if they didn't run when I got to them. Sometimes they have to sort it out themselves. I wish I could help more.

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Have you tried Feliway? It didn't work for a friend of mine, but it worked great for me. My little girl, Danny Girl, can be a bully sometimes. She's extremely smart and plays the victim well. She always pretends to be victimize by my little boy Pacey Jack, but Danny has every place she wants... if Pacey started with a place, and she wanted it, bye bye Pacey. I had a big problem when Pacey was pooping on the bathroom throw rug. I decided to get him larger boxes because he never thrashes the litter around like Danny does so he didn't need the smaller but high top boxes.

Except DAnny decided she wanted those too, plus her own two large hooded ones. And I realized Pacey had gone from solid and heavy, much heavier than Danny, who has always been small, to weighing less than her and very tiny. Pooping on the rug and sleeping curled up on the floor. The vet suggested the Feliway and it worked -- Pacey now has one of the big hooded boxes for himself and one of the medium open ones. And they actually share the big condo platform, usually not at the same time but occasionally together. But since Pacey has never set foot in Danny territory once she's claimed it, I'm happy with the Feliway results.

Crystal/gollysunshine.
I've never tried Feliway, but I'm glad it worked so well with you. Boy, always drama with multiple cats, isn't it? I've resigned myself to having a permanently partitioned home. Scooby has the back half, Pele and Roshi have the front. Pele and Roshi are both 15 years old. Scooby is half their age and twice their size and gets aggressive on the few occasions they've encountered each other. Pele, particularly, has gotten a bit more frail in her old age; she's down to six pounds from nearly 10, and she doesn't need this kind of stress. And Roshi has always been a "runty" cat. Scooby, OTOH, has gotten very big this winter. So I've decided that for Pele's sake just to keep them apart.