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    Time for a cat behaviorist...

    It happens where negativity (driven by fear, territorial insecurity, redirected aggression etc) can do that and build mistrust sadly. I have seen and see what you describe all the time sadly. It is hard to see and emotionally very hard. Other than finding homes for them it is a very hard thing...
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    Time for a cat behaviorist...

    MoonstoneWolf, Letting the cat's fight it out just builds mistrust and negativity and it makes it much more difficult to eventually get them to get along. Intros are all about building trust and building confidence and building positive associations. Dealing with ferals in the outdoors (without...
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    Introducing Cats - Logistics Questions.

    I think you are doing GREAT!!! They are going to get together. All the recent things I have read are actually REALLY positive. You are doing everything right. Just keep making every encounter as positive as possible, keep making the positive associations. If you can end it on a positive note...
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    Overwhelmed by Giardia

    I think that is a good idea. It is always good to be tested. Sounds like you are doing everything I would do to reduce risk. Fingers crossed your symptoms are just stress and not anything else. :( Ferals are lovely. Hard but incredibly rewarding and enjoyable. A lot of sadness but a lot...
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    Struggling With Play Time

    Hahahaha, yes!! :O Just please be careful. I wonder why you aren't seeing them as much. Safe is good. Yeah, the job and living is the hard part but you will figure it out. Others do. It sounds like your priorities match well with Vermont. Together is good as long as she would be happy with the...
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    Took In Two 1 Yr Old Ferals

    WOW!! Sandy is doing amazingly well with Baxter and Rabbitt eating in the same room. THAT is amazing!!! Baxter and Rabbit do seem like they are pretty accepting so they are a good conduit to do it but still that is impressive. Keep working with Sandy to get her to eat while they are and making...
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    Cat Introduction .... Failure?

    Totally agree!! It is much bigger than just us. I think your success all came down to knowledge and effort. You created your own good luck. PERFECT. That is fine that they are not yet together at night. Cats like to be active at night so it does not surprise me that they like to have some fun...
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    Time for a cat behaviorist...

    Sorry for the delayed response. Cat nap gave great and helpful advice. I watched the biting video. That is totally her wanting to get you to play. It would be great to redirect her when she does this to a wand toy. Get her playing with the toy. We want to get her to know that people (legs...
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    Overwhelmed by Giardia

    :( Agreed. I deal with a lot of ferals. I am starting to worry about being in contact with C Diff (unknowingly) and bringing it in. :( Sometimes ignorance is bliss. :/ That is really good!!! It is so hard to be a vet. Let's hope she is onto something. Worth a try. Will be interesting to see...
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    Cat Introduction .... Failure?

    Twylasmom and KarenF, If you ever need direct help please feel free to post a new thread and let me know that it is up and I can help you directly. I am happy to help. There are always ups and downs but the key it to try to make every encounter as positive as possible (even if it is for a...
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    Cat Introduction .... Failure?

    :flail: I think you did it!!!! :yess: Now they are still going to have their wild moments, their rough play. But that is what they love and that is them. There will be moments of doubt but use what you have learned and what you are doing. And of course, post anytime here. I am actually in...
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    Time for a cat behaviorist...

    Right now my girl on on my lap as I type this. She hits the keys at times as well. I tell her no, she stops for a minute then does it again. Cats do things like this. But the fact they are on or near us tells us they want to be by us. Now, cats like things on their terms. So typically when we...
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    Cat Introduction .... Failure?

    I am going to answer the first post first then the good news post. Yes, understand. Just try to get one of them (probably Monty) to cuddle. At some point he may decide to. BUT make sure you can do it safely. Yep, young cats FULL of energy. :/ Especially from late afternoon to early morning...
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    Struggling With Play Time

    Totally agree. It is always interesting to see people that say "I am not a cat person" then they fall in love with cats. I hear you. It is a hard position to be in. Just be smart. You have to come first. It would be so much easier if people would be responsible and do the right thing. :/ Oh...
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    Struggling With Play Time

    AGREED!! Well, people have preferences. Some people only want boys or girls as children. Is it just human nature for some people. People ask me and I answer "both" which is the truth. They are different but fulfilling. I love them. :( I know but don't do anything that could get you in trouble...
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