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RE: Let's make a checklist for "Things to do when you bring home a new cat"

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Posted by: PHCurious at Fri Apr 25 11:55:19 2003  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHCurious ]  
   

Lots of good suggestions here!

Another necessary item to have on hand before bringing home a new kitty is a cat carrier. First of all, you'll need one to drive your new cat home. But carriers are also a great tool for introducing two cats to each other. After they've sniffed each other under the door from different rooms for a few days, put one cat in the carrier and let the other see, hear, and smell the new kitty. The carrier provides protection in case there are any attacks initially. The next day, switch the cats so the one who was in the carrier the day before is now out and vice versa. Hold these protected "meetings" for approximately a half hour, modified shorter or longer depending on their reaction. Don't leave any cat in a carrier for too long though. They need access to food, litter box, scratching post, etc.
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