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Sep. 29th, 2009 @ 06:04 pm Older cat/New kitten transition
We have had our cat, Muffin, for about six and a half years now.  She has been a mild tempered, indoor/outdoor cat, and has basically adopted me out of our family of seven as her 'mother.' She however has always been very territorial around other full grown cats-if she sees them from the window and will growl at them.

Our neighbors are trying to find a home for a small 6 wk male kitten they found, and my sister has her heart set on adopting it. The rest of the family (myself included) really want to adopt it as well.  We assumed that Muffin would take it fairly well, since she has always been very cuddly and groom-y with stuffed animals, coats, US, and various small furs we have around the house, and again, is very mild mannered.

We arranged a time to bring the kitten over for an hour today, to see how it goes. Much to our surprise, Muffin is taking it HORRIBLY. I have NEVER seen her this upset. From the moment she heard the new kitten meow, she was growling, and whenever he got within five feet of her, she'd hiss aggressively. We later tried having the kitten in the bathroom, with Muffin outside, but she wouldn't go near it.

The thing that worries me most is this; about ten minutes after we put the kitten in the bathroom, Muffin let me pick her up. I could tell she was still a little upset, so I went to sit on the couch (where I had been holding the kitten during the initial meeting). Muffin actually growled and hissed at ME, which she has NEVER done in her whole life.

Should we be worried about adopting this kitten?  Is this a normal behavior for introducing a new cat or not?  The kitten seems very friendly and during the initial meeting seemed to want to get closer to Muffin (but would back off whenever she growled or hissed).  Any advice on making this transition easier?
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Chuck - Deploy the Morgan
Sep. 28th, 2009 @ 11:17 am Issues I need help with
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
I brought a four month old kitten home a week after my older cat died. The best idea? No, but my friends needed a home for him. I have had kittens in the past, but never one like this!

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GD Tre and Billie whisper
Sep. 24th, 2009 @ 08:26 am (no subject)
I posted this on a cat expert website... Didn't feel like typing it again. Please leave some advice, if you have any. My partner Lili and I are both sick of this behavior our cat Kyndle has adopted lately...

I have a year old cat named Kyndle. I rescued her from abandonment; she was found with her litter without a mother when they were very young. I have done everything the vet recommended health-wise. She's up to date on every vaccine and check up. Since I got her, Kyndle has proved to be more like a human child than a kitten. She responds when anyone speaks to her with different kinds of meows. I think she feels lonely without my partner or I around. Lately, however, she's been driving us both beyond crazy. She absolutely refuses to drink out of a bowl. I change the water and wash the slimeys out of her bowl daily. She only wants to drink from a tap. Kyndle also has a very annoying habit of waking me up EVERY morning at least twice. Lately it has been around five am and seven am. I don't need to be up that early, but she will not calm down until someone gets up and puts more food in her bowl (usually she has plenty) or turns the water on for her. Some days I'm ready to put a 'cat for sale' ad up. Other days are better. But I can't keep doing the early morning thing. Any advice?

Also know that I've tried putting her out of our room and shutting the door. She will meow outside of the door and paw at it aggressively, causing much banging noises that don't allow sleep. We have a cage for her that we use for time out purposes and taking her to the vet. It's very small (thanks to my mother; we had a larger one that was hers and she took it back and bought the teeny tiny one). I don't feel very humane by leaving her in there all night long without food/water/litter box. I desperately need advice.
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Apr. 13th, 2009 @ 08:54 am Unexpected kitty adoption: Help!
Hello everyone. We just had a death in the family (This past friday). The person owned a cat, and of course I offered to adopt her. I'm a cat-lover, and I've lived with cats all my life. At home I have my own cat. She's an old one, almost 16 years old. The new kitty is about 2 years old.

Help with advice on making the transition, for both cats, please?Collapse )
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Castiel & Dean Black and White
Jan. 23rd, 2008 @ 12:34 pm tl;dr, but I'd appreciate some help
These cats are driving me insaneCollapse )
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advanced, stupid
Jan. 4th, 2008 @ 10:42 pm my new cat
Recently we got a cat from the Humane Society. She is the sweetest girl except for one really awful habit. She pees EVERYWHERE. At first her main area of interest was the couch(a previous cat had peed there and so we figured she was just marking territory) but in the last couple days she's stepped it up a bit and started peeing on our bed. Specifically in the spot where my wife sleeps. Needless to say, this is alarming, especially since laundry is at least 2 dollars per cycle in our building. Poor Vanessa is starting to take it personally(the wife, not the cat). We live in an apartment, so it's not that easy to take her outside, especially considering that we live on what could be termed a fairly busy street. We've tried spraying areas with cat-pee deterrents to little avail. Anyone else got any more advice? Thanks.
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Feb. 21st, 2007 @ 12:50 pm (no subject)
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Feb. 11th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm Cat Lover, and Cat owners...
I was looking at my cat today, thinking of how much I love him and I thought about making a journal where everyone could do JUST that. So I decided to create a new community for us.

Do you have something to say to your cat(s)? Do they need a little reminding to NOT wake you up at 5am? Or would you just like to simply say how much you love them?

Share your Dear Cat letters here.

And have fun too! dear_cat

For really wonderful people who share beautiful pictures of their cats, please join kitty_palooza and have some fun!
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Jan. 7th, 2007 @ 12:49 am Nursing babies
I have a kitty problem and I hope someone can give me some advice.

We have a house hold of 4 cats.
One is a all black short hair domestic 6yr old (Mew)
One is a maine coon 4 year old (James)
and 2 are newly adopted bengal kittens (Disko & Nori)

The new kittens are about 9-12 weeks in age.
We have had them for approx 3 weeks.
It took them a while to warm up to the other cats but now they are all great buddies.

The problem is that the 2 kittens constantly try to nurse Mew- our 6 year old male cat.
He doesn't get that annoyed, he's very passive, but it's weird.
They have been away from their mother long enough and it doesn't seem right that they are still trying to do this.
They also do not try to do this to James at all, they specifically target Mew.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we can get them to stop this behavior?
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Sep. 27th, 2006 @ 10:45 am Inappropriate Peeing
Ok, I need help... bad.
I have an 8yo calico (Frankie) that has a peeing problem. It's been on-going for years now and has become more frequent lately. I'm at the end of my rope and if something doesn't work soon I'm afrai I'll have to adopt her out. Some details...

-As I said she's about 8
-This has been a problem for years
-She's been given a clean bill of health (more than once) and the vet says it's behavioral and doesn't appear to be spraing but is actually peeing.
-We also have a kitten (about 1.5 yo, male {Wicket})
-Her behaviour went unchanged when we got him
-I've tried deterants like tinfoil, chilli powder, and various other things.
-I always throughly clean the areas when she pees
-It's typically when we're asleep or gone that she pees but she does do it when we are home too occasionally
-I always praise her when she does use the litter box for anything
-She always poops in her box
-I clean the box everyday

I've read that you can begin to re-train a cat by limiting their access to other rooms in the house but I'm afraid confining her would cause seperation anxiety for Wicket (and possible her as well) and I don't think it's fair to confine them both for 2 reasons 1) being locked up together might stress her out because he is high energy and 2) I feel it's unfair to confine him when he's done nothing wrong. I'm gratefull everyday that he doesn't pick up Frankie's habit. I'm also worried about deterants because in the past if it has kept her away from a particular spot if only causes her to find a new bad spot instead of sending her back to the box. I'm going to change their feeding schedule so that I can maybe confine us both to the litter room after shes eaten. I'm also going to schedule playtims for just her and do the same thing after play time (visit the box). But any other ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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