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 New cat, how can I help old cat adapt?
doggscube  [Team Member]
7/26/2011 10:16:59 AM
We've had a female cat for a year, she's maybe two, possibly three years old.

Just adopted a stray, old cat is not at all amused. We're willing to be patient but it appears the new cat's presence is keeping old cat away from the litter box.
echo_5  [Team Member]
7/26/2011 11:03:28 AM
Is the older one pissing? Marking her turf?



They will work it out in time.
doggscube  [Team Member]
7/26/2011 11:35:11 AM
The cat shit in one of the bedrooms.

They're both fixed.

I suppose they'll figure it out sometime.
aa777888-2  [Member]
7/26/2011 11:52:58 AM
Two litter boxes. Put them in different parts of the house if you can.

redoubt  [Member]
7/27/2011 1:10:53 AM
Originally Posted By aa777888-2:
Two litter boxes. Put them in different parts of the house if you can.



This.

By the way, cats will often shit in places they think will offend you to show their displeasure. One of my step-mom's cats would shit in the bathtub if you laughed at him.

My grandparents had two Siamese that got mad because my grandparents went to Hawaii for 6 weeks a year. Those damn cats had the best life when my grandparents were out of town, they had a crazy cat lady watch them. But every year when my grandparents came home, the cats would greet them at the door, get a few pats, then they'd march into the dining room together and shit on the rug. Same place, every year for 10 years.
chrismartin  [Member]
7/27/2011 12:42:19 PM
When we brought a new kitten into the house, the older cat shit in my shoe and later got out of the house and ran away.
Never saw him again.
dbrowne1  [Team Member]
7/27/2011 2:08:04 PM
Originally Posted By chrismartin:
When we brought a new kitten into the house, the older cat shit in my shoe and later got out of the house and ran away.
Never saw him again.


Sounds just like a crazy girl I dated years ago.
Woosaa  [Member]
7/27/2011 10:29:15 PM
If its just the pooping then ya get a second litter box.

Sometimes putting some of the older cats urine on the kitten when they first meet so the older cat smells himself on the kitten can help get him to accept the kitten.
chrismartin  [Member]
7/27/2011 10:33:15 PM
Originally Posted By dbrowne1:
Originally Posted By chrismartin:
When we brought a new kitten into the house, the older cat shit in my shoe and later got out of the house and ran away.
Never saw him again.


Sounds just like a crazy girl I dated years ago.


Could be the same chick. The crazy cat came with a crazy girl. :)
JsARCLIGHT  [Team Member]
7/27/2011 10:44:44 PM
We got a Brit Blue kitten and when we brought it home our old Maine Coon was far from happy. Two days in to the kitten being here the Maine Coon took a crap on the kitten's blanket. It had nothing to do with not using the litter box... it had everything to do with sending a message. That message was "I'm the top cat".

Cats are very routine based animals and if something happens to upset their routine they let you know, usually with their butt. Strangely enough cat poop carries a certain social standing with other cats. The cat who is "boss" doesn't bury their poop. Generally in a human/pet relationship the pet cat accepts it's place as second fiddle, but introducing a second cat can cause the first cat to assert itself. In my case the "horse head in the bed" was a one time deal and our Maine Coon slowly warmed up to the new kitten. But if your old cat continues to go outside the box then as has been already said an alternate box may be in order.
doggscube  [Team Member]
7/28/2011 9:14:43 AM
Old cat will now allow new cat to be no less than 3 feet away, instead of 12, so there's progress. Old cat is still scared of the food/water/litter area. She'll get hungry enough eventually. I used the scenario to explain Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to the kids.
redoubt  [Member]
7/28/2011 12:38:01 PM
Originally Posted By Woosaa:
If its just the pooping then ya get a second litter box.

Sometimes putting some of the older cats urine on the kitten when they first meet so the older cat smells himself on the kitten can help get him to accept the kitten.


Or if you don't want to rub cat pee on your kitten, you can try putting a small drop of vanilla extract on each cat's forehead. Then they'll both smell alike to each other. This was suggested by a vet tech at our clinic.
doggscube  [Team Member]
7/28/2011 12:56:57 PM
Originally Posted By redoubt:
Originally Posted By Woosaa:
If its just the pooping then ya get a second litter box.

Sometimes putting some of the older cats urine on the kitten when they first meet so the older cat smells himself on the kitten can help get him to accept the kitten.


Or if you don't want to rub cat pee on your kitten, you can try putting a small drop of vanilla extract on each cat's forehead. Then they'll both smell alike to each other. This was suggested by a vet tech at our clinic.


We'll try that, but for old cat it's just seeing new cat.
IndustrialRescue  [Team Member]
8/10/2011 12:30:40 PM
2-3 years is no biggy. They'll work it out.

Stinky is about 10 years younger than Bob, and LOVES to piss him off...

It's annoying, but harmless.