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Re: [progressives] Fwd: Foster home or forever home needed for kitty!

From: Maude
Sent on: Monday, December 12, 2011 2:01 AM
You're going to think this a ridiculous suggestion, but if you are having that problem with the two you have now at home, your best bet may be a third cat (one of different coloring from the current two which generally indicates a different personality). This critter may fit the bill. Doesn't matter in the least that the one you have is going nutty trying to attack her through the door and then attacks the cat in the house or even you (common).

I've always had at least two cats, preferably three, and at one time four. When you have two that kinda tolerate each other but then you are seeing blood (have to admit I never saw blood-gouges to the cheek and face yes, but not blood) that means that those two are likely never going to be fuzzy cozy with each other. Problem with that is that neither cat gets the cat relationship it could really benefit from. A third cat, of a different temperament, in this case, a Calico (I have one now-very laid back, not so lovey with humans but can be when wants too, and rather submissive to other household cats) might end up being the best friend to both of your current cats-separately. Takes the edge off of the difficulty between the two you have, and each cat gets ample quality cat-friend time. So fighting decreases and everybody is happy. 

All you have to do is introduce the third cat properly. Right now-yours are seeing it outside as a threat-but if you introduce the right way, and it will take a few days, everything will likely be fine. Just put foreign cat in a carrier and walk in the house with the carrier, set the carrier down in the middle of the floor and walk away and you and Josh pay NO attention to the carrier. Let the house cats hiss and spit and do whatever they're gonna do, just don't look at them, talk to them, or anything. This lets your current cats think that you don't care about this new creature. Start with about ten minutes early in the day, repeat for a half hour at noon, repeat for an hour in the evening. Pay NO attention to the carrier or cat other than walking in and putting it down and then suddenly with no eye contact or talking to cat within it, picking it up and taking it out.

That's step one. 

But seriously, I've done this a number of times and it's pretty easy. 

I know from the pics that one of your current cats is a gray one-what's the other? If you have a black and white cat, that is the one that will be the most trouble and may not calm down even with a third cat. But even with a black and white, the calico and gray one will get along at least.

I know, I know, you don't want to hear this. lol. 

-----Original Message-----
From: G <[address removed]>
To: progressives-list <[address removed]>
Sent: Sun, Dec 11,[masked]:11 pm
Subject: [progressives] Fwd: Foster home or forever home needed for kitty!

My neighbors rescued a kitty that's been hanging around the neighborhood. She is super sweet, and was taken to a vet and found to be healthy and spayed. The neighbors would love to keep her but they are very allergic. They've been keeping her in the basement. I would keep her temporarily, but my one cat knows her through our patio door and just lunges with rage toward her and gets so crazy wanting to attack that she even attacked my leg in her confused state of mind. If this cat escaped, there would surely be blood shed, and I've learned the hard way, it is hard and dangerous to try to break up a cat fight. I've found blood in my house from fights between my one cat and the one she actually *likes*!

Berea animal shelter has her on a waiting list but until she can get in, the neighbors need to find a temporary home. She's also on petfinder already.
Very friendly, nice cat. I'd love to have her and I'll miss her. We just got a new one and as I said, my one cat wants to kill her.

Please let me know if you can be of help!

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